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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.