Think Global, Wear Local

Think Global, Wear Local

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His name is Langton Willms. He’s young but has already spent a decade in the clothing business. And he’s on a mission.

He will advise those too young to remember that in a time before off-shoring and out-sourcing, Toronto had an enormous clothing scene. Designers, jobbers, cutters and importers all occupied several thriving fashion streets. One of those boulevards of brocade dreams was Dundas Street West. It is in the heart of what is still called The Junction, a name that harkens back to the area’s rail-driven industrial past. Dundas West features a mix of edgy restaurants and studios specializing in reclaimed design, and it is here that Langton has planted his flag in his personal battle to put the city back on the fashion map.

His shop, Gerhard Supply (, features shirts, jackets, jeans, belts, ties, and even personal grooming supplies. All of it is made in Toronto.


The Department of Style is a field guide to the timeless, the adventurous, and the enthusiastic. We celebrate craft. We explore tradition. We find the creative imaginations that take classic forms and make them their own.

It is about understanding that in life, doing something right takes time, and skill, and effort. But therein lies the joy. Finding people who still do those things that way and telling their stories is the original Departmental mandate.

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