Chris has worn many hats over the years: touring musician, concrete truck driver, recording studio owner/operator, shipper/receiver, home renovator, Blue Jays beer guy, bartender, runway and print ad model.
So how did he end up working in menswear? You could say it’s in his blood: his maternal ancestry has been traced to 1100 AD in Peebles, England, current warehouse headquarters for Holland & Sherry, and located at the mouth of the river Tweed.
No wonder his idea of a perfect outfit includes a soft tweed or flannel sports coat, which he would likely complement with chinos and a casual shirt.
It could also explain why he considers London to be among the world’s top fashion cities, along with Milan, although he firmly believes that the fashion crown could one day be bestowed upon another city a little closer to home:
“In ten years, maybe Toronto, if we have anything to say about it!”
Peter came to Surmesur with 31 years of experience, including 13 at Ralph Lauren in Europe and the U.S., under his highly fashionable belt. This gentleman's wasted no time distinguishing himself as a walking encyclopedia of men’s sartorial dos and don’ts.
If he had his druthers, he would dress Justin Trudeau and George Clooney, perhaps in the bold colors and velvety textures that populate his own wardrobe.
A master of mixing and matching, Peter is only too happy to share his top tips for creating the perfect look for every client who walks through the door. Color, for starters, is always key.
A well-travelled man who considers Paris to be the geographic heart of men’s style, he also has his sights set on visiting British Columbia and is patiently awaiting an invitation to the Cannes Film Festival. In the meantime, he invites you to visit him at Surmesur’s Mississauga store.
Tom is a Carleton University Linguistics student from the GTA with a passion for travelling the world, the English language and, of course, men’s clothing. He fell for menswear by accident: while doing mission work in Honduras, he worked with a man who had a connection to a store in Ottawa.
Outside of work and school, Tom is a varsity baseball player at Carleton and a triathlete in the summer. In fact, he learned how to swim and ran a triathlon in the same month, and threw the first no-hitter in Carleton Baseball history.
With his arrival in January 2016, Tom has brought a youthful, creative, expressive approach to the Surmesur mix. He believes in dressing the man boldly and using one’s clothing as a method of expression. Most of all, he believes in correctly dressing the man for his contrast. As he puts it, “A man in the right colors won’t be complimented for having a nice suit – he'll simply be told he looks great. The man is the picture and the suit is the frame, not the other way around.”
A proud Montrealer of Haitian origin, ‘Chris’ is driven by one thing: creation. He’s the first to admit that it’s his only passion. Even though he studied clothing structure, his heart belongs to accessories, particularly bow ties. For now, at least. While he is a talented designer, Christopher is also a daring entrepreneur, having launched his own brand.
The Exorphe Collection came into being by way of a happy accident. During an event, Christopher was tasked with finding a particular style of bow tie. When he couldn’t find what he was looking for, he simply decided to create it himself.
That’s all it took for this fabric architect to launch the Exorphe Collection, a line of handmade bow ties marrying form and colour at a price that flusters the competition.
But the artist doesn’t stop there. He is currently studying to become a patternmaker while continuing to offer his services as a style consultant at Surmesur, a house of creation on a different level, where he can share his enthusiasm and his open mind.
When the timing is right, music gives rhythm to the life of this exceptional manager. The native of Abitibi, Quebec, is not only inventive and proactive, but also sporty, playing soccer and, more recently, spikeball, an up-and-coming sport of which he is the proud instigator in Montreal.
His studies in commerce and his bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing have helped him channel his energy.
After a successful stint in the banking sector, Marius was drawn into the world of fashion, and more particularly Surmesur. The idea of offering his clients a unique experience and project fascinates him.
He entered the Montreal Surmesur store in November 2014 with the dream of occupying a position with responsibility and developing the company’s brand image in the market.
His patience and empathy won over his fellow ‘Surmesurians’ and today he is responsible for the Montreal and Laval boutiques. His ongoing mission is to increase the ‘wow’ effect for every client who enters the stores. No one doubts that he will succeed.
François Thériault co-founded Surmesur along with his brother, Vincent, when their world travels revealed the potential to offer a new way for men to shop. “The moment when I saw thousands of possibilities of fabric and options, I knew something amazing could be created,” he says. Since the brothers had always shared a passion for sports and entrepreneurship, it seemed logical to put their interests and heads together to launch Surmesur in a competitive market where they would have to work hard to thrive. “Sports taught us to always push ourselves to meet our goals, whether it’s for a practice, a game or the playoffs,” says Frank. His role within the company also plays to his interests as he looks after supply chain and logistics, overseeing every step of the client experience from fabric sourcing to order processing to final delivery. For Frank, it’s all part and parcel of building the client relationships and customer satisfaction that are the lifeblood of Surmesur.