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.
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.”
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.
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!
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.