Shop Talk

STORE PROFILE: Fabgear brings hip duds to Bluesfest

Shop Talk is written by OM senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne and Sarah Fischer, OM account executive and fashion maven.

It's all about funky menswear at Fabgear. Photo by David Kawai.

Most savvy shoppers know about Fabgear, the funky menswear shop in Hintonburg that specializes in rockabilly and Hawaiian shirts, western wear, and other duds for dapper dudes. But here’s something you may not know: Uncle Bob, the store’s owner, sets up a booth at Bluesfest every year.

He says the aim of the booth is to raise the profile of the store — and I’m sure that’s true, but something tells me Bob also enjoys the rockin’ good vibes that the festival provides.

The booth will offer the usual Fabgear line-up, including clothing from Sons of Anarchy and the popular English Laundry shirts. They’ll also sell straw hats, so you can bring a little Coachella style to Lebreton Flats.

Another little-known fact: Bob is also behind the Bluesfest merch. He talks of a sound-sensitive T-shirt that lights up at peak decibels. Look for it in the crowds. Wear it as you fight for front row. Let the flashing record guide you to peak sound intensity.

Check out the booth between shows, and visit Fabgear for a dose of funk. Bob’s on summer hours now, so best to call before you go.

The Look: Funky and fresh. Authentic — every item has a story, just ask Bob.

Perfect for: Men who don’t mind standing out in a crowd, and the women who love them.

USP: Oh the stories Bob has in his back pocket! Stop by and hang out, he might just share a few. Or check out his blog for a glimpse of his charmed life.

Fabgear, 613-725-1964, 1112 Wellington St. W., www.fabgear.ca

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