Author: iamrainbird

So, we all know it gets cold in Canada and many other regions across the world, however, when its down to -15 Degrees and you still want to wear a nice jacket and not twenty layers with a bomber…what do you do?

You check out Cardinal of Canada of course!

I love all manner of jackets and coats, don’t get me wrong. I wear many looks, ranging from a Parka to a layered bomber. However, when I’m wearing my jeans and a blazer, i want something a little more…elegant.

I was lucky enough to work with Cardinal of Canada over the last month. They provided me with the Le Clair jacket which is not only gorgeous but incredibly comfortable and soft to the touch. Wearing it over a suit or blazer was just as easy as pairing it with a wool sweater and jeans. Both looks were awesome.

“Cardinal of Canada was founded by Sam Ray. In the early years, Sam focused on harnessing the softness and strength of cashmere — so much so that the company’s cashmere coats became recognized for their strict attention to detail and quality craftsmanship.”

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As we approach the end of the year and generally a quieter time of the year, I thought it would be poignant to take a look back over the last year and possibly one of my most favorite things to do, look forward to the next!

Back in January 2016 i made the decision to start posting images of my daily attire for the world to see, well….in all reality the 15 people that followed my Instagram account! Who would have thought that fast forwarding 11 months, my style would be in front of not only 43,000 followers but over a million people a week! Unbelievable!

One thing in my life that wasn’t prepared for the success of @iamrainbird…was my wardrobe! I am so fortunate to have worked with some incredible brands over the last year! Including but not limited to Soren Custom Suits, Daniel Wellington, Grant Stone, DSTLD Jeans, Thomas Sabo, Motorola and Banana Republic.

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Wow -10! It's definitely layering weather!

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This year was also a year to give back. By growing a rather phenomenal moustache, I was able to raise awareness with @movembercanada for Mens Health issues. A very worthwhile cause and I was truly humbled to be part of the team!

Now seems like a good reflection point. Whats next? How do I evolve my brand? How do I stand out?

Over the last month you may have noticed a change to my posts and feed in general. Not solely focussing on Fashion but also lifestyle. What can you expect in 2017? Rest assured, my style will not be changing! You will still be treated to incredible ties, wonderful suits, jeans galore and tie bars! You will start to see more relaxed styles on the weekends, allowing me to collaborate with different brands and expand the breadth of looks I can show you! My youtube Vlog will begin to see more action as video starts to become more highly integrated.

In January, there will be something completely different! TRAVEL! Yes, I will be traveling to Costa Rica for two weeks and will be blogging about the experience and the accommodation. Witches Rock Surf camp will be our first location. My Instagram will be full of location photos along with DRONE videos! Yes, you saw the teaser shot of my new piece of kit a few weeks ago, with my Gruv Gear bag.

So in closing, I would like to thank each and every one of the brands that has worked with me over the year and also all of you for following my account and engaging with me every single day! Id like to mention a great group of fellow gents as well! You’ve listened to the podcasts with Jake and I…he’s a truly awesome person. Huge thanks also go to Mitch, Ryne, Davis, Ben, Travis, Matt and Matt for their inspiration and support!

A huge thank you from me personally and warmest holiday wishes from my entire family to yours!

STAY TUNED FOR 2017!

 

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What’s a great way to spice up a look or add to an already killer outfit? Jewelry! That’s right ladies and gents….get your wrists ready for some serious action!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a huge fan of guys wearing twenty bracelets on one arm trying to look like Xerxes out of 300, but I am talking about accent pieces that compliment what you’re wearing.

Enter Thomas Sabo. Now, let me start by saying that I have known of this brand for a long time as my own Mother absolutely loves their charm type bracelets…but lucky for us they also have a mens collection!

Their mens line does not feel gimmicky to me, it feels legitimate. Their designs are incredibly detailed and the items have physical weight to them which I love. You know the feeling of putting something on, whether it be a watch or even a ring and it just feels solid…that’s the feeling you get here.

Our mission is to create a product that delights and fascinates people. Our aims are:
–       to constantly inspire our customers with innovative and trend-setting creations
–       to spread our unique love for style
–       to define the industry standard with materials of the highest quality

Thomas Sabo really does have a passion for quality, style and trends. Walking around their store was a true experience and had me thinking about all of the different ways I could pair items with current looks in my wardrobe. I have selected certain pieces from their collection that truly represent my own style but they have so much to offer.

My choices were the Leather Bracelet, Silver Bangle and silver bead Bracelet. I cannot say enough about their items. You can find these items and more at www.thomassabo.com

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PLEASE READ THIS! GIVEAWAY! OK, here it is. The 33k "Styled like Rainbird" giveaway! Get ready to have a chance to win some really cool stuff hand curated by me hand in hand with some incredible companies that I have had the pleasure to work with. A winner will be picked at 4PM on Tuesday 1st September. What do you need to do? 1 – Tag a friend that you think might like this. 2 – Follow me and each of the accounts below and like this image. What can you win? 2 Ties – @fourfiftyfive.to. 4 pairs of socks – @unsimplystitched. Pocket Square – @vancitysquares. Shirt – @trashness. Choice of box – @sprezzabox. Not too bad right?! I want to personally thank everyone for their interest in my feed! I am truly humbled. I remember running my first giveaway at 500 Followers a mere 6 months ago and the people I have met are just awesome! I hope I can continue to inspire each and every day.

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OK, here it is. The 33k Styled like Rainbird giveaway! Get ready to have a chance to win some really cool stuff hand curated by me hand in hand with some incredible companies that I have had the pleasure to work with. A winner will be picked at 4PM on Tuesday 1st September.

What do you need to do?

1 – Tag a friend that you think might like this.

2 – Follow each of the following accounts and like this image.

What can you win?
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There comes a time in every man’s life when the general run of the mill brogue or longwing don’t quite cut it anymore. This happens when you slip your foot in to something extremely superior. Well ladies and gents, that happened to me last week.

To set the stage, I’ve owned a lot of shoes. Ranging from regular caps to double monks. They’ve been good…treated me well but been garbage in about eight months of use.

Enter Grant Stone. After conversations with them I could tell they were a step above the norm. Extremely polite and very accommodating. Making me feel not only special but also solid in my choice. From discussing fit to style they had it all covered.

Wyatt, director of Grant Stone, is third generation in the shoe business. Wyatt’s introduction to shoemaking began at D.W. Frommer’s Bootmaking School in Oregon. While at Frommer’s, he learned not only the hand making process, but as equally important, the “no compromise” philosophy behind every bespoke pair.

Thereafter, he traveled to China where he began interning at a Goodyear-welt shoe factory in Xiamen. Here, he sourced better grade materials from respected tanneries worldwide (USA & Europe) envisioning the production of premium shoes and boots.

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Behind every GREAT haircut is an AMAZING product…with that in mind I have been on the lookout for some matte styling pomade for my new doo!

Thats where Cut & Caliber come in. Based in Alaska (i know! cool right?) they seemed to have the perfect product.

The concept of Cut & Caliber began with a simple glance at a shampoo bottle in the shower. The back was riddled with a lengthy list of bizarre ingredients. Next, it was a look at the back of a hair pomade, deodorant, cologne, and even a facial moisturizer – each having a unique list of equally-bizarre and “difficult to pronounce” ingredients. Was it that difficult to know exactly what was going into the products that are applied to our bodies on a daily basis?

Opening the box felt like Christmas had come early. Not only did they send me the Pomade they also sent me Beard oil and lip Balm!
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As some of you may have seen, last week I debuted OTAA on my feed.

I like to provide a little background to these brands. Shaheen and Fameez Haroon created this brand in Australia.

“How the Story Began, We started selling ties out of our mum’s garage, because what else are we to do? Sell ties and pay for a place, no way. We loved quirky designs coupled with a smidge of sophistication, surprisingly a lot of other people did as well, and each time people came to our garage they were happy to pull out money from their wallets to buy our designs.
Thus a business was born, OTAA – our love child whom we take care of everyday, through new designs, innovating new men’s accessories to ultimately transform each male who dons on a suit each time, to a gentleman’s dream. By the time the house was filled with ties our mum kicked us out of our house and we moved into OTAA HQ, laid out with a boutique shop front, coffee machines, office, and the works.”

I discovered their incredible line of ties and accessories on Instagram and instantly fell in love with their designs. After looking at their site I made my selections and ordered. A few days later, the package was sitting on my doorstep. Read More @iamrainbird and @otaa.australia

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As you may remember, I started my Instagram journey back in January…I can honestly say I had no idea where it would take me.

To set the stage, I started with 24 followers. All of which were people I knew in person. It was a running joke in the office where people would say that I should create an Instagram feed of what I wear every day. I thought to myself it could be fun! You know, stroke the Ego a little with all of the likes…get some exposure. First post…16 Likes. Wow, do I really dress that badly?

For those who know me well, they know that when there’s a challenge I have to find out as much information as I possibly can and then give it my all. So I did, I went ahead and discovered hashtags, which times to post and best poses to use. Fast forward to March and I can only say WOW! The interest I have received has been incredible to say the least. 7,000 followers and growing every single day. Read More Instagram Update

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After just returning from our week long vacation in Costa Rica, I can only say….WOW, thanks for having us….what a gorgeous country.

The house we stayed in (Casa Nibanna) was located on the JW Marriot Property. It was out of this world, with gorgeous décor, a beautiful private outdoor pool and fully air conditioned bedrooms, which you need when the temperature never seems to drop below 30 Degrees! Read More Casa Nibanna – Costa Rica

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