Art begets more art. As we connect with a piece emotionally, or hear the melodic sounds of a song, it stirs a feeling or idea within the walls of our skin and lets us explore the hidden meaning of life, or deep and unanswered questions. Art moves us all. No one understands this notion better than Canadian born, but well traveled, technical art illustrator and fashion designer Tara Dougans. She graces the world with her interpretations of life on the regular.

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aa2Hearing the word “fashion,” I immediately think of super-thin models strutting down a runway in the most impractical outfits. High fashion is something that, at times, eludes us and makes us feel like “the commoners” of modern society. We see women wearing completely mismatched outfits, inordinate high heels and makeup that is reminiscent of a 1980s Cyndi Lauper. Then we think, “I could never pull off that look,” or, “Who would wear that?!” However, some fashion designers, like Arthur Arbesser, experiment with alternative forms of presentation that refrain from the typical haute couture style.

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It might seem impossible, but the style they launched over 120 years ago still catches eyes today. Known for their luxurious shoes, the French brand has become synonymous for a certain type of man: a debonair gentleman with a classic sense of style and a timeless love for leather shoes. Like this man, the luxury menswear brand exudes sophistication, elegance, a tad bit of eccentricity and a lot of character. But how did such an old school brand last in such an evolving world? Well, as artistic designer Alessandro Sartori explained to The Wall Street Journal, “Men who are taking care of their look always have the perfect fit. If their bodies change, they call the tailor and adjust.” As if taking the brand itself to a tailor to fit the changing trends of menswear, the longstanding brand launched a clothing line, ensuring the Berluti man would represent timeless luxury from head to toe .

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