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.
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.
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 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.
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.”