Interview by Marq Frerichs.

Last week, I called Philip Sparks to congratulate him on his Fall 2010 collection and to ask him a few questions from the Style Notebook questionnaire. I found him affable and funny, a quick wit with his feet planted on the ground. What am I excited about from Sparks? He hinted at a holiday footwear collection…have a read.

What was the first piece you designed in this collection?

“The pea coat.”

How do you know when you’re finished a collection?

“I run out of time and or money. However I’m also working on a ‘holiday’ collection, so fall/winter will come out in two parts.”

What are the top three items on your inspiration board?

“Melville’s Moby Dick, 16th-century maps with sea creatures and Edwardian naval books, and pictures of boats.”

Did you have a muse or person in mind when designing this collection?

“My partner, Andrew, and those I collaborated with in the studio.”

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Meet Marq Frerichs, men’s style columnist for The Style Notebook.

I strolled into my local espresso joint this morning with men’s fashion on my mind and was struck yet again by how stylish Toronto men can be. Take credit, Toronto boys; you really are doing far better than anyone would care to admit or give credit. No, we’re not New York (’cause we’re not American), Paris (we have Montreal), or Tokyo (goes without saying). We are here and damn right.

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