Generic Surplus Puts The Boots To Fall 2013

Sadly, autumn is just around the corner but with the new season a new crop of fashion and accessories.

For Fall/Winter 2013, Los Angeles based Generic Surplus has crafted a new collection of  mens footwear that can go from the office to the street. Blurring the lines between sneaker and shoe, casual and dressy, the anything but “generic” footwear allows an individual’s sartorial sense to be represented with the highest integrity.

This season illuminates textures; utilizing wool, corduroy, and denim to create an aesthetic that rejects conventionality. For the bold and brave, the brand introduced a metallic gold and silver leather finish to their mainstay Wellington high-top.

The spring 2013 Generic Surplus / Mollusk Surf Shop collaboration, continues into Fall by updating their Spring shoe with a mid height. Easy, minimal, and available in brown, charcoal, or navy suede, the Mollusk Mid celebrates the lifestyle of today’s modern adventurer.

Find Generic Surplus in retailers across Canada or at the shop
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Picks Of The Week – March 20, 2013

It’s the last week of winter, time to dust off the cobwebs and spring clean!

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Liberace Thursday at Celebrities

Spring Break: Play Dome, Canada’s largest indoor carnival continues bringing Spring Break fun for the whole family until Sunday March 24th at BC Place.

Sounds: This Friday, March 22nd Mika brings his effervescent pop sounds to the Venue stage in support of his latest “Origins Of Love”

Stage: It’s the last few days to catch The Arts Club Theatre Company’s “How My Love Has Affected You“, playing at the Revue Stage until Saturday.

Scene: Celebrate spring at the renewed Celebrities Nightclub on Liberace Thursday, March 21st. This week featuring a performance by Vancouver’s Next Drag Race Superstar 2013 winner, Anita Wigl’it

Syrup: Get stuck in to Edible Canada‘s first Maple Syrup Festival, Sunday March 24th at Edible Canada on Granville Island. All items on that day’s menu will be prepared with Duncan BC’s Mountain Valley Western Maple Syrup, plus sample Maple Syrups from across the country

Shop: Thursday March 21 – Sunday March 24 marks the Grand Opening Celebration of BC’s first Crate & Barrel in Oakridge Centre. Visit on opening weekend to get 15% off all purchases and the first 25 shoppers in line will receive a $50 Gift Card.

Style: Generic Surplus & Mollusk Surf Shop collaborate to bring the California style & function into

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Generic Surplus Mollusk Shoe

the Spring 2013 collection, available in Vancouver at The Board of TradeJ2Zebra Club and in Victoria at Sitka Surf

Generic Surplus debuts Spring Summer 2013

It’s almost time to put away the boots and sensible footwear as rain and snow give way to sun and flowers.
Men’s footwear brand Generic Surplus continues to push the limits of shoe evolution in their newest collection for Spring/Summer 2013. Capturing the spirit and aesthetic of their home town of Los Angeles, the collection features seamlessly wearable designs and more collaborations with like-minded artists and brands.DECK

As with previous collections, Generic Surplus has happily married street and dress styles, like the suede Deck shoe and canvas Ventura and Kleins with a pop-coloured sole.


VenturaArtist Steven Harrington added his name to another season, designing a custom print for a beach-to-street slip-on.

Also returning for Spring/Summer 2013 is OBEY, fusing their classic streetwear aesthetic with Generic Surplus’ unmistakably sleek approach to footwear design.


As for women’s footwear, Generic Surplus and OBEY introduced a completely new style: The Desert Boot. This ankle-high style is available in chocolate suede and black leather, and features a row of studs for a tough, adventurous look.DesertBoot

The latest offering from Generic Surplus will be available in select retailers across Canada in February 2013.

For more on  Generic Surplus Spring Summer 2013 visit or follow them on Facebook or on Twitter at @GenericSurplus

Summer Festival Style For Guys

Coachella Music & Arts Festival has wrapped up and kicked-off to the summer festival season.  If you haven’t already planned your summer’s festival festivities there’s still time. After deciding which festivals to attend, the next big item on the checklist will be what to pack. You need to be prepared for everything but still need to pack light & look awesome.
We’ve compiled a few hot, new ‘must have’ items that should be in every guys kit.
1. Sunglasses are the absolute must have for festival style and practicality. The versatile accessory helps you look hot and mysterious, protects your sensitive hungover eyes from the glaring sun, they also help you discreetly scope out the festival ‘scenery’.  These Compressor shades from Vestal’s Spring 2012 collection are a perfect basic but stylin’ pair.
2. A selection of tees and tanks are a staple for every guys bag. These 100% Organic Cotton tanks from Industry Of All Nations are ready for anything with the soft, richly coloured, using 100% natural dyes, shirts that go from day to night.
3. Hard wearing, sturdy but super stylish the Vestal Utilitarian watch can take whatever you throw at it during the festival weekend.
4. There comes a time when you’re back at your tent or room and you just need to chill, relive your fave music memories through a pair of Urbanears Medis, designed to stay in your ear and provide great sound, you can block out whatever your tentmate is getting up to
5. Dancing up a storm in a mosh pit or dance tent can be hot business, shorts are a must, plus you’ve been working out all winter, it’s time to show off those legs. These great organic selvedge denim shorts from Industry Of All Nations are a classic cut and in an array of wicked colours they’re a great way to make a statement.
6. When night or the rain falls you may need to get out the long pants, throw on a pair of Neuw Black Colour Jeans, a sharp alternative to indigo, these bold denim are made with a black base thread to give them a great depth of colour. With styles named after music icons, like Iggy Skinny, Lou Slim and Johnny Tapered, their new style vintage revisions are made for festival goers.
7. Your hair is the accessory that’s always with you and one of the first things the ladies look at, keep it fresh with Gritty Business from Kevin Murphy. The tough and pliable product is beeswax based so it stands up to pesky drizzle and easy to remold the next morning.
8. Footwear takes up the largest space in your bag so you need to limit what you carry, be prepared for anything with cool,  lightweight and easy to pack Borstal Mesh kicks from Generic Surplus.
10. Every mom tells their son to wear fresh socks & underwear in case of emergencies, hopefully you won’t have an emergency at the fest but if someone does get the chance to see your ‘basics’ make sure they are fresh to death…Stance Socks are super styling and Saxx Underwear are lightweight and constructed to keep your equipment well supported front and centre.


Originally published in Kenton Magazine

Generic Surplus Footwear – Anything but generic

As we move into the first days of spring, Generic Surplus draws inspiration for the new season draws inspiration from how the cityscape changes with the transition from winter to spring’s warmer weather and longer days, and mixes the laid-back outdoor culture of 1960s Los Angeles with the cutting edge urbanity of 1970s New York City.
Incorporating a vivid color palette, stonewashed canvas, and net mesh, the initial part of the collection reflects the laid-back ease that characterized LA in the 1960s, where springtime was synonymous with outdoor activities by the beach or in the valleys…surf, sand and sun.
The other half of the branch of the collection draws from the grungy city vibe of late 1970s New York, as captured by the lens of photographer Allan Tannenbaum. Evoking the scene around legendary punk club, CBGBs, Tannenbaum captured the circle of rock stars, movie starlets and bohemian street poets around the late pop artist Andy Warhol. Their je-ne-sais-quoi attitude and rebellious yet stylish way of dressing are reflected in the collection,  subtle hues and sturdy materials like suede, and leather, stand up to what the city throws at them.
A collaboration with artist and designer Steve Harrington brings his distinct desert motif to a tobacco brown beeswax leather boot. As well a modern take on the traditional loafer from Gerry Beckley, co-founder of legendary folk-rocker act, America. Both artists add their artistry to the collection now in stores for spring 2012. (Prices ranging from $65 – $165)

Valentine’s Style For Him

St Valentine’s Day is coming soon!
Have you found your sweetheart that perfect something yet? There’s nothing romantic about a gift for the tool shed. Every man would like to look and feel good but does he really need another tie or bottle of cologne?
Here’s a few super cool, stylish items for al budgets to win him over this year.

1. Native
Fitzsimmons Boot $90


2. Lifetime Collective
Cornered Tee $32


3. Vestal
Plastic Destroyer Watch $130


4. Urban Ears
Plattan Headphones $70


5. Generic Surplus
Klein Shoes $120