What is truly empowering your style these days? Are you solely in search of rarity, a beloved color palette, subtle simplicity, an altruist pattern? Are you drawn to a designer’s particular artistic flow? Do you take heed, as an informed brand worshiper or are you perhaps a savvy (pre) trend follower? Ok, maybe too many questions. We do, already know that you take your life & style seriously, if you shop with us and pick up on what you really want. So, what are we getting at in this post if we’re just trying to introduce you to yet, another brand in footwear?

With our best foot forward we try to assist in your wardrobe decision making and offer you both rarity and authenticity, novel to each and every season. The life and style you choose to showcase or become may be fair to say giving you a way in sharing a very fluid part of you with yourself and the world around you. We like being apart of those little attributes and certainly like to represent so, we choose collections with you in mind.

If you are shifting style and adding more conscience to your footwear mix, we’ve got Oliberté available now, on our Upper Level. Oliberté is the first premium footwear brand made proudly and fairly in Africa. These guys make a very cool shoe to step into and have chosen to create and deliver a unique manufacturing protocol that can genuinely make a positive impact on the world we live in.

Using breathable, hand-picked leathers, natural rubber soles and reinforced stitching, Oliberté shoes and boots are breaking down the conventions of how footwear looks, and how it is produced. They are working hard to reduce its impact on the environment in every step of their product process, as well as their exportation methods. Oliberté aims to create fair jobs in Africa, and to contribute to the development of sustainable living for the nation’s thriving middle class.

Oliberté is now embarking on another adventure with their new project, dubbed “recycling creations.” They are looking for leather crafters and artists who are interested in re-purposing some of Oliberte’s materials in one-off collaboration works that help to not only promote the artists work but also to support the African team and share with fans from both sides of the collaboration. This could range from leather tags to wallets to bicycle seats to any other thing your imagination can produce. Just send an email to info@oliberte.com with website or contact information.OLIBERTE LAYOUT 2

Oliberté ensures that it is aligning itself and partnering with manufacturers who are breaking ground in Africa through their respect and equity in the workforce for both men and women. Wanna be part of leaving this mark too, come shop their FW12 line with Lavish&Squalor.LAVISH CREST LOGO



We hate to say it but with July nearing it’s end, there are only a handful of weeks left till summer is over so, why not make the most out of it? Hit the beach, the pool or the park and while you’re at it, do so looking great! Summer’s all about relaxing and we want you guys to know that at Lavish & Squalor, we’ve got your back. Don’t worry, be happy! We’ve got a few outfits that’ll keep your pockets full and turn heads (in a good way!)

If you’re a guy that’s not afraid to show a little chest, then this is the perfect outfit for you! This oversized Cheap Monday Zahl Tee is lightweight and breezy, while the Insight board shorts are sharp and eye-catching. Talk about a peacock effect! Complete the look with a Vestal watch and shades and you’re ready to roll.

We just wanna start by saying that these Ksubi Cisco shades are out of control! Their take on the classic aviator is a style that’ll last you more than a few seasons. A Van’s long sleeve Henley is ideal for the cooler summer days and nights and of course we threw a sweet pair of Insight trunks into the mix. Because we know sometimes ya just can’t help to sweat, we added a pair of authentic Vans with drylex to keep your feet a little less funky and a little more fresh!

“We’re on a boat!” Okay, so maybe your not, but with the Brixton Captain cap you can sure feel like you’re on one! A graphic tee is a necessity not only for summer, but your entire wardrobe. We thought the Insight See-Wah tee would be perfect with this outfit. Doing a bit of quick stepping or hopping? Try these authentic lite Vans, they’re the perfect get-a-way shoe since they’re super light and easy to slip on and off.

Best part about all three of these outfits is that most of the pieces are on sale! And if you haven’t heard, we’re constantly adding new items to our sales rack. Keep checking back in store for fresh, fun finds and hurry quick because we never know how long the goods will last!



Are you ready for the VANS Warped Tour happening this Saturday???

More importantly, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO WEAR????

It’s summer, it’s hot, it’s punk rock, it’s best to be comfortable AND stylish. Rock some of these easy Vans pieces for your weekend tour.

We got stuff for the Dudes like the teasers above with our impromptu Model, Kevin from Adrenaline Tattoo shop, located just a few doors down from us on Queen West.

And new Vans leather footwear…

ENJOY THE SHOW WARPED FANS  @ The Flats at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto

909 Lake Shore Boulevard West

Toronto, ON M6K 3B9

For more info go to: http://vanswarpedtour.com/

Check out more from VANS for guys in the MENS CLOSET.

Check out more from VANS for girls in the WOMENS CLOSET.