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!”
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.”
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.
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.