Harry Rosen Launches New Collection with Canadian Artist Gary Taxali


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Harry Rosen collaborates with acclaimed artist Gary Taxali to celebrate the “Art of Flirtation”

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(October 28, 2014) – Harry Rosen introduced a sophomore collection of five special-edition pocket squares designed by Canadian artist Gary Taxali. The 100% silk pocket squares are now available in Harry Rosen stores across Canada and online at www.harryrosen.com.

Last year, the inaugural series featured the culturally-rich heritage of Canada highlighting our biggest cities and their landmarks.  The new series celebrates the “Art of Flirtation” for the modern man.  Each pocket square has a flirty fun message such as “I ♥ Us”, “Wink/Why Not Me”, “Crushing Big Time/ Make It Count”, “Call Me/Never Call Me” and “You Had Me at Good Bye/My Feelings Like You”.

Each piece of artwork is reproduced on high-quality Italian silk, with hand rolled and stitched edges creating a fluid canvas that Gary Taxali says “shows that fashion art and art can be fashion”.  

Great art and good style if the result of honest intentions and personal expression,” says Taxali.  “These pocket squares are based on sketches I created to convey the playful side of flirtation which I find the mark of a true gentleman – just like the man that shops at Harry Rosen.  It’s an honour to be collaborating with them again showing that fashion and art are a great combination.”

Gary Taxali is an artist and award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in GQ, Esquire and Rolling Stone. He visually blends now with then, drawing influence from vintage comics and advertising art to communicate the ironies and comical essence of pop culture.

Since our beginnings in 1054, we’ve proudly supported Canadian designers and manufacturers,” says Larry Rosen, CEO, Harry Rosen Inc.  “Gary Taxali is an incredible artist – a shining example of the immense talent our country has to offer.  These pocket squares present an opportunity for men to showcase their playful personalities while giving their look a lift.”

A launch party was held last month and pictures can be viewed here.  The Gary Taxali for Unfamous pocket squares retail for $95.  See them online here.  For more information, photographs, images or to arrange an interview, please contact Vandana Taxali at (416) 865-0800 or vandanat@rogers.com.

About Gary Taxali

Gary Taxali is one of North America’s foremost contemporary artists.  His work consists of retro stylized characters, iconography and symbols reminiscent of the 1030s rooted from an award winning illustration background.  His art has a lowbrow/highbrow appeal and hence can also be seen not only in galleries around the world such as The Andy Warhol Museum but is also instantly recognizable in magazines, products (such as the Royal Canadian Mint Coins), designer toys and fashion.  The Unfamous brand was founded by Gary Taxali and his sister, Vandana Taxali.  More information can be found at www.garytaxali.com.

About Harry Rosen Inc.
Harry Rosen Inc., Canada’s leading quality men’s wear retailer, is celebrating its 60th year anniversary.  Founded in 1954 by the man whose name the chain still bears, Harry Rosen Inc. has grown from a single 500-square-foot store in Toronto to become a powerhour in Canadian retailing with 15 stores across the country, acconting for 40% of the Canadian market in high-end men’s wear, as well as an ecommerce site at www.harryrosen.com.  Harry Rosen stores offer extensive collection of the world’s finest men’s wear lables including Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Giorgio Armani, Brioni, Canali, Emenegildo Zegna, Versace, Hugo Boss, Cole Haan, Salavator Ferragamo, Loro Piana and J.P. Tilford by Samulesohn.