A proud Mexican born in Texas, Adrian is the youngest of five siblings. Growing up in a big family in the north of Mexico taught him to love nature, horseback riding and visiting the countryside, though nowadays he considers himself a full-blown city boy.
He has played sports all of his life and got really good at them since he always practiced with his eldest brother. In fact, when he was a senior in high school, his team won a national soccer championship – or rather futbol, as he likes to point out – and he is convinced the story will be made into a movie one day – or perhaps a short film.
A world traveller, Adrian has lived in Chihuahua, Vancouver, Paris, Monterrey, Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa. He dreams of one day visiting the Serengeti. His role at Surmesur allows him to travel to a variety of major cities, where he evaluates market conditions and their potential to welcome new Surmesur stores.
Adrian believes that nothing beats a good taco, with the possible exception of a well-tailored suit.
For Charles, everything revolves around culture, impulse and aesthetics. This Star Wars fan embraced literature at a young age, later adding art history to his repertoire before pursuing his newest passion.
Working in a tea house was a revelation for Charles. He even holds a diploma from the Canadian Tea Institute, and it’s this interest that led him to clothing. As he likes to say, both worlds are all about ‘the aesthetic, beauty, detail, the richness of tastes.’
A veritable social media phenomenon, @hismajestycharles discovered fashion while working at Terra Nostra for two years. He later stretched his creativity at Venne, a made-to-measure menswear store.
Charles brings an entirely different dimension to the Montreal boutique. Besides his personality, his creativity and enthusiasm make him one of the most sought-after stylists in his milieu. It’s in this environment, where he can be himself and express his art, that Charles feels complete.
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.
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!”
Remember her name, because you’ll surely come across her Gallant Collection at women’s fashion events. Even though she is currently focused on building her reputation, it has been clear from the start that she would pursue a career in fashion.
Cloée was initiated into the ‘sixth art’ at the age of 11, devoting the following 10 years to lyric jazz and modern dance. Her scholastic career would eventually lead her down the inevitable path, as she studied plastic arts, as well as fashion design and marketing.
Diligent and determined, Cloée was among the 25 finalists in the Telio design competition, which attracts participants the country’s 22 fashion and design schools!
Between studies and fashion shows, this young designer takes the time to share her passion on the floor of Surmesur’s Montreal boutique. Menswear gives her a global view of fashion, and the boutique experience allows her to continue to create in a different manner.
A Montrealer of Panamanian origin, Félix lives and breathes art. Before entering the workforce, he studied Creative Arts at Dawson College in Montreal and earned a professional diploma in graphic design.
He found his place in Web design as an intern at Belairdirect, after which he gained experience as a junior graphic artist for Corinne Campenio, for whom he still works.
Félix joined the Surmesur team in October 2014 after working at H&M and La Maison Simons. He brought with him his charm, his attention to detail and his proactivity. He was seduced by the family atmosphere and the step-based creation process.
Also responsible for the visuals at Galerie 203, Felix uses his observational skills to pinpoint the right choices for his clients. He is inspired by street art and fashion: he closely follows the Japanese house Comme des Garçons and Maison Margiela.
Among other qualities, Félix is known for his sense of organization and cleanliness, something his colleagues at the Montreal boutique thank him for every day!
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.
Jean-Pascal has a lot in common with Jean Pascal the boxer: he practises a sport religiously, is focused on his career, and he always has something interesting to say.
The main difference between the two is their chosen sport. Jean-Pascal chose . . . kin-ball, a three-team game with a seriously oversized ball. In fact, he was once the director of the Kin-Ball Association of Quebec-Appalaches.
Blessed with an open mind, this TV-series fanatic donned a variety of hats before finally earning a diploma in theatre. Ultimately, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in sports intervention.
He also feeds his passion for liquid spirits. If you want to make him happy, invite him to taste an ounce or two of Johnnie Walker Black, and this Scotch connoisseur will be satisfied.
Jean-Pascal was recruited to raise the bar for customer service in the Quebec City boutique, where he joined the team as a style consultant in 2015. The easily adaptable JP surprised his colleagues by quickly integrating into the eccentric world of men’s fashion.
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.
This Franco-Ontarian believes that small acts can make a big difference, such as instructing his clients in the finer points of proportion and contrast color when selecting a suit.
A graduate of the Algonquin College Hospitality Program, Matthieu was drawn to Surmesur because ‘they say the way you dress is an expression of yourself, and Surmesur creates an outlet to do just that.’ He has some definite ideas about how every man should express himself, and it always involves a pocket square!
When he’s not sharing his knowledge of men’s fashion, Matthieu can often be found at the gym, lifting weights or perfecting his moves in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In fact, he likes to take care of himself inside and out, which means following organic and sustainable living practices – another of his true passions.
Being this busy leaves little time for reading, so he likes to listen to audio books in the morning to create the right mindset to energize his day.
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 Ottawa boutique.
Action in the great outdoors best describes this dynamic personality who joined the Surmesur team in July 2015.
Philippe racks up personal accomplishments, from high-level skiing to earning first place in the Business Games. But what really defines the director of our Quebec City boutique is his passion for oceans and mountains. He dreams of one day living in a way that allows him to juggle these two places.
Originally from the Baie des Chaleurs region, this bachelor of business administration spends his spare time . . . breathing fresh air! But don’t imagine him lying in the grass contemplating the clouds. Philippe is a man of action! In fact, he fearlessly practises that dangerous sport known as ultimate Frisbee.
A former trade delegate, Philippe enjoys challenges and strong emotions, and Surmesur understood! Efficient and attentive to his team’s needs, he accepted to lead the dynamic Quebec City boutique with one goal in mind: to offer clients the best shopping experience ever.
With degrees in fashion design and merchandising, Rich is no stranger to style. Before joining the team at Surmesur Pittsburgh, he worked as a personal stylist, an experience that comes in handy in his new role.
Like everyone at Surmesur, he believes the most important consideration when designing and wearing a suit is to achieve a perfect fit. In his off hours, though, you’re as likely to see Rich dressed in his cherished leather motorcycle jacket and a stylish fedora.
It’s during those off hours that Rich pursues his other passions, including, art, music, sports and travel. His next destination to discover? Australia.
He also has a soft spot for New York City, which he considers among the world’s hottest fashion towns. Of course, for this native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, there’s no town like Pittsburgh, where he’s ready to share his style knowledge with the masses.
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.”
Having lived in Pittsburgh his entire life, Zach Barzanty is a true “Yinzer,” which means, as Zach himself explains and every Pittsburgh native would understand, that he bleeds black and gold!
Actually, it could be said that style is also in his blood: when Zach and his brother were younger, their grandfather gave them the majority of his cufflink collection. Zach has been “a big cufflink guy” ever since.
After gaining 10 years’ experience in menswear, Zach was attracted to Surmesur because of what he describes as its family atmosphere, a feeling he tries to replicate in-store as manager of Surmesur Pittsburgh.
Like many of his fellow Yinzers, Zach is a fan of any and all sports. His dream would be to combine his interests by dressing professional athletes, a dream that could easily become a reality in a sports town like Pittsburgh.
“Athletes dressed in suits is like seeing a shooting star,” he says. “It doesn’t happen often but when it does, it’s phenomenal.”