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Fashion D-Day at Normandy

There's more than just stylish menswear at Corydon Avenue shop

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Happy New Year fashionistas -- here's hoping 2014 brings you many fabulous style finds, awesome accessories and, of course, shoes, shoes and more shoes.

Normally I like to dedicate my first column of the year to reviewing the past year's good, bad and ugly trends -- and we all know how many bad ones there were last year. But this year I decided to change things up a bit and feature something fresh and new and for the boys.

Shortly before the holiday season I was invited to a special opening of a new men's clothing store at 791 Corydon Ave., called Normandy Shop. Now I don't typically feature new stores that open up -- I am more of a hot-trend or latest-looks kinda gal -- but this little boutique is stylish beyond the garments that hang gingerly from the racks.

Normandy Shop is one of those boutiques that you never want to leave. Adorned with warm wood displays and furnished with mid-century modern furniture the shop is a haven for anyone who loves style.

The owners truly have created a place where you can shop, browse, lounge and get fashion-inspired all at the same time -- I absolutely love it.

I was instantly drawn in and found myself mesmerized by the ways the garments were merchandised -- more like fashion magazine spreads rather than displays and the items in the store are equally fabulous.

Think simple streamlined oxford shirts that are casual yet contemporary, slim leg denim in muted hues and cosy coats for the modern man.

I also love how they go beyond simply selling clothing -- it's more of a one-stop lifestyle shop for men. In addition to great garments, Normandy carries Red Wing leather boots -- rugged and refined, sleek wallets by Van City designer Ken Diamond, Prospector Co. Beard Oil and soap to make you smell nice and warm Libertine-Libertine lambswool sweaters.

There are also some other fun accessories like sturdy canvas aprons for the home chef, artist or craftsman, polka-dot and check kitchen towels from Japan and, of course, the wax canvas messenger bags I featured in my holiday gift guide.

So go on guys -- start your 2014 off with a fresh fashion from an equally fresh new boutique.

Got a suggestion for a future column

or a fashion trend worth following?

Email Connie Tamoto at

connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 11, 2014 D13

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