I had the pleasure of visiting and chatting with Philip Sparks at his Queen street studio in Toronto (639 Queen Street West; Queen/Bathurst). I also snapped a picture of him (above).
Sparks is a young Canadian designer who has seen his star rising of late. In 2008, he was named by Forbes magazine as one of the top "Ten Undiscovered Designers On The Rise".
I enjoyed chatting with Sparks (whose studio, by the way, is open for shopping to the public during certain hours). He is unpretentious and amongst other things, has some very interesting ideas on how to revitalise some unlikely Canadian retail institutions.
As a bona fide Canadian menswear designer, Philip is a welcome rarity. I hope he sticks around for a while.
The presentation of his Fall 2009 collection can be seen on the The Toronto Star's website: http://www.thestar.com/Fashion%20Week/article/601967
His website informs you where you can buy his stuff and also has a online shopping feature: http://www.philipsparks.com/