Moving DAY #willchaucer

I was going to wait until the end of the month but I couldn’t help myself. Succumbing to inner excitement, I have launched another website solely focused on men’s fashion in an everyday lifestyle. The website is still under wordpress under the name willchaucer. Here’s the link:

This blog will be more focused, more thorough and more to the point. I’ve already posted a few and will have a consistent flow coming.. See you all on the other side.

STYLE above everything!


I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and have decided to restructure this blog with the sole focus around my idea of style. Although I wrote blogs about other things (ie. sports, motivation, etc.) completing those blogs never provided the fulfillment that writing about my interpretation of fashion or style does. For whoever doesn’t know me, style fucking matters to me. It makes me smile. It gives me confidence. It makes me work harder.

So with that said, I’ll still focus on Canadian brands that have a dash of style because I really do feel like Canadian clothing is on the up and up. This will be primarily for men as past blogs have been. Instead of focusing on certain trends, I’ll focus on brands that I feel will have an imperative long-lasting effect on the game.

I\ll still write about some other deep shit whenever it comes to mind, similar to that blog I wrote about cheating.

I’ll see you in a bit…

never lose sight of what’s real.

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.”  
―     Bob Marley

“I never knew how important she was to me until I started to think about my future. Who I wanted to be, where I wanted to live, who I wanted to keep around me — all these decisions were made with her in the back of my mind. When you meet the one, being popular and keeping up with the trends doesn’t hold the same relevance as before. I know that life will evolve and things will change, but she’ll always be a constant in my life. When you find the love of your life, everything else will make sense.”

- Will Chaucer


Don't let the narrow minded bring your down. Rise and shine.

Don’t let the weak minded bring your down. Rise and shine.

Grind because you believe in yourself

Grind because you’re responsible for you and your loved ones

Grind because you want to make your friends and family proud

Grind because you want to set a positive example for others

Grind because you want the finer things in life

Grind because being lazy just isn’t you

Grind because handouts make you weak

Grind because being wealthy and informed is better than being poor and naïve

Grind because you know what you want to accomplish this year, 5 years from now, 10 years from now

Grind because no goal is impossible once you lay out a plan to obtain it

Grind because you want to be successful

Most of all…

Grind because you love it.

- Will Chaucer

Wordwide Style.

This is a continuation of my blog pertaining to style for Canadians. This blog outlines all the other brands I support across the globe.

Last edited: 02/03/13

just added: Beats by Dre

these socks will make you happy..

these socks will make you happy..


  1. endorsed by GQ - The Tie Bar, – This website offers pretty much every style under the sun. Ties are offered in silk to wool to cotton, from skinny to traditional, with styles such as  striped, plaid, paisley, or solid. For any occasion, this is the website to purchase ties. Best of all, the price of every tie, tie bar, and bow tie is $15.00. Style and affordability.
  2.  endorsed by GQ - The Knottery, – another great site that offers quality ties (knit & regular), with most being around the 30-40 range. Also has a decent collection of pocket squares. In comparison, this site offers a limited selection compared to the thetiebar, but if you’re looking for a change of pace, I’d definitely recommend this company.
  3. Good Wood NYC, – endorsed by the show, How to Make it in America, Good Wood supplies some of the best wooden bracelets, necklaces, and iphone cases. I have taken a liking to the simple beaded bracelets ($14.00 for a pair), which are offered in many different colours and provide a clean and authentic look.
  4. Happy Socks, – famous for their colourful patterns and stylish designs, each pair is noticeably different from the rest. Their style is fun, the colourful pairings are done well, and the quality is top-notch (fabric on the heel and top is reinforced). In the business world, it’s a subtle way to separate yourself. This swedish company sells their pairs starting at 13.00
  5. Beats by Dre, – essentially a staple when it comes to stylish headphones. There are all sorts of sizes of headphones and ear buds that will suit all music heads. Although they’ve been around for a few years, Beats by Dre has only recently come out with some beautiful colours. Straying away from the standard black/white/grey colours, they now offer headphones in blue, green, pink and purple (the non-Justin Bieber edition). Although I have a pair, they mostly come in handy on flights and long trips (and walking through the arena tunnel if you play in the NBA). The studios in blue are the best pair of headphones I’ve ever seen.
Beats by Dre Studios in Blue

if God made the perfect headphones…

Canadian Eh! – Style for the modern man. Last updated: Jan 13th, 2013

Came to the conclusion that Canadian style/designers plays a much more significant role in my wardrobe than any other country in the world. This blog is reformatted to highlight only Canadian brands. Will post a blog listing the (few) other clothing lines I support. It’s important to buy domestic…

just added: Sorel

This post will serve to be more than a typical blog. Instead, it’ll be something that will be constantly updated anytime a new brand/site catches my eye. Before we start I would like to get the facts out-of-the-way. I did not attend fashion school. I do not work with clothing, fashion or design on a daily basis. I don’t even care to see what the latest trends are or what Kanye and Kim chose to wear last week on a Wednesday. I just know what works. I have an above average judgement of style when it comes to clothing, especially when it comes to how to effectively put an outfit and wardrobe together. By no means do I keep up with the trends or what is considered stylish during certain times of the year. What I’ve noticed with style is it always repeats itself, so if you find something that looks good now, chances are it’ll come back and repeat itself in the future. Day to day, I try to portray is a mash up between urban and preppy. My clothes will rarely fit baggy or be considered loud in colour and/or style. Although I want to look good, I don’t want to  completely stand out in a crowd. I envision all clothing to fit well, almost feel like an extra layer of skin. In all, Clean and confident.

But most importantly, the threads I choose to purchase are reasonably priced and will never break my bank account. In this life, I will never justify spending 5k on a suit or 400 dollars on a shirt, especially with rent/mortgage to pay, gasoline prices going up daily (edit: it’s actually going down but clearly still expensive), and food to be purchased. Therefore, you’ll rarely see brands that are endorsed by GQ in this post. I’m an avid reader of the magazine and greatly appreciate the style advice provided by their editors; but for the most part, men who read GQ can’t afford 98% of the clothes they promote. This blog will highlight the 2% that us regular Joes can afford, and anything else out there. Hopefully this post will serve to weed out the fluff that the consumer world puts in its magazine. With that said, let’s take a look at some items and shops for the modern man.


Roots – The Gretzky Jacket


  1.  Roots, known for their lounge wear (joggers and sweaters) and  iconic beaver symbol, Roots has been putting out quality for as long as I can remember. Although I favour most of their clothes, there’s just a certain appeal to their Letterman/varsity jackets. The quality and attention to detail is its greatest asset, as well as the colour coordination and vast selection (>20). Finding quality varsity jackets are extremely hard and could be frustrating. Roots does it right.
  2. Canada Goose: Although Canada Goose doesn’t have their own stores, no one does it better when it comes to Winter Coats.  I’ve personally had mine for 5+ years and it’s still a beaut. The detailing is evident. Most of their newer coats comes with optional zippers on the hoods to easily take off the fur. The strategically placed pockets on the bombers make it easier to keep your hands warmer during the winter. Most of the colours are either shades or earth tones, keeping in line with the brand’s objective of not providing overly loud colours. The coats are very simple, fully functional, yet stylish.  Nevertheless, their quality is undeniable and their jackets will probably outlast your desire to wear it. As a Canadian, I believe buying a quality winter coat is one of the best investments you should make.
  3. Simons – located exclusively in Quebec, Simons is completely catered to the modern man. The department store offers every well-known brand, but I’ve taken a liking to the Le 31, which is apparently only carried by Simons stores. Le 31’s clothing has such an authentic feel, offering timeless pieces that are in style today, and will definitely be stylish 20 years from now. Big supporter of this company and what it represents.
  4. Joe Fresh – Truthfully, I never really looked at Joe Fresh as an option until I found out it was launched by the creator of Club Monaco,  Joe Mimran. I especially recommend the chinos and corduroys ($20-$30), but they also offer a wide selection of button ups, and everyday essentials such as vnecks tees, crew tees, and wool socks for the winter.
  5. Frank and Oak, – Their simple mission: to bring you the clothes you crave, efficiently, affordably and intelligently. Located in Montreal, the amount of quality for the price is unmatchable. F&O bring everything from belts to tees, corduroys and ties, as well as hoodies and dress shirts. For clueless individuals, F&O provide descriptions on the appropriate settings to wear each type of garment. Also a fan of the company’s ‘Hunt’s Club’, where they send monthly suscribers threads based on their style, preference, and time of the year. Definitely a must have for someone who is trying to build their wardrobe or enhance it on a budget. Get their threads while they’re affordable.
    Sidenote: you have to gain membership before joining. It doesn’t take long. I signed up for the waitlist and was granted access after 2 days. good luck.
  6. 1LoveT.O. – mainly for Torontonians, this brand represents our city. The fit could be better (their cotton shirts don’t have any ‘give’), but the message is clear. The design is simple and offers many cultural symbols for the vast diversity of its citizens. The tank tops go for 30.00 and the shirts are range around 25.00. Perfect for the summer!
  7. Sorel, – perfect for the winters (esp. those brutal ones up North), Sorel boots will protect you and keep you warm this winter. These low key stylish boots will cover up to 6 inches from the bottom of your foot. A definite in any climate that has lots of snow.
Herschel Supply Brand and Co.

Herschel Supply Brand and Co.


  1. The Herschel Supply Co. Brand – I’ve always seen a lot of trendsters rocking these low-key yet stylish bags and always wondered where they got them from. Herschel offers a wide array of duffel bags, backpacks, totes, wallets, Ipad sleeves, etc. Based out of Vancouver, their style is very rustic/clean, focusing more on little details than flash (ie. their ‘novel’ duffel bag features candy cane interior lining with a compartment for the shoe separated from the rest of the inside). It’s also extremely affordable and completely functional for your everyday grind.

Always be comfortable in whatever you desire to wear. Think of your style as an extension of yourself. -Will Chaucer

Good Riddence, Bargnani.

The rebuilding project started two years ago when Bosh left, but needs to be set in complete motion. Firing Casey wouldn’t make sense since he’s building a sustainable program instead of trying to save his own job. You can’t fault a man who stands by what he believes in, and Casey was one of the most sought after assistant coaches after he won a title with Dallas in 2011. A coach can only do so much but in the end needs the right personnel to match his vision for the team. Lowry, Derozan, Ross, Amir, Valanciunas, Davis, Anderson and Fields fit the mold of those types of guys; athletic individuals who play both ways and buy into the culture of the team.  These guys play fluid as a unit when they’re together and look like a completely different team when it’s a combination of them. However, if this team is going to go anywhere, they need to say goodbye to one guy.

I’m not saying Bargnani lacks talent. Coming into the 2006 draft, his stock was high as the next Nowitzki. I remember hoping the raptors to select Roy or Gay, especially after the way both performed during March madness. In retrospect, the only players I would have taken are Gay and Aldridge (I don’t fault the Raps for not selecting Rondo because his stock wasn’t high coming into the draft, he’s just gotten so much better playing with Garnett, Pierce, etc.). Drafts are crap-shoot so I really don’t blame Colangelo for taking him. Throughout the years his averages have been…

2006-07: 11.6 PPG, 3.9 RPG

2007-08: 10.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG

2008-09: 15.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG

2009-10: 17.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG

2010-11: 21.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG

2012-13 (so far): 19.5 PPG, 5.5 PPG

It’s easy to notice his increase in numbers every year. With more playing time, he’s afforded more opportunity to stack his stats. Analysts often compare Bargs to Dirk, due to their ability to shoot, their height, and their European backgrounds. If anything we should compare him to the departed Bosh, someone who has grown and been nurtured in the exact same environment, afforded the same coaches, and played with the same teammates.

2003-04: 11.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg

2004-05: 16.8ppg, 8.9 rpg

2005-06: 22.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg

2006-07: 22.6 ppg, 10.7 rpg

2007-08: 22.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg

2008-09: 22.7 ppg, 10 rpg

2009-10: 24 ppg, 10.8

It’s easy to see that Bosh took his giant leap and cemented his case as one of the elite players in the league during his third season. In comparison, Bargnani was able to increase his stats in his third year as well. However, with more afforded minutes, at an average of 7.5 more minutes per game, it’s safe to say his numbers are inflated. Nevertheless the talent is there. There aren’t many big men who can do what he does offensively. He’s just never been able to piece it all together for an extended period of time. It’s the fault of the Raptor organization and its fans for putting him in a situation where he would fail or not be ready for. And that fault starts with one man.

Bryan Colangelo, President and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors, is probably the main reason Bargnani is still on our team. Coming to the organization in Feb 2006, selecting Bargnani was seen as his first signature move. It’s human nature to believe in your own and grow a certain level of emotional attachment after being together for a long period of time. They say on average, you stay friends with people longer than you should due to the amount of years you’ve put into the relationship. This bond between Bargnani and Colangelo is no different. Add to this a general tendency that people of his position and power (CEOs, presidents, managers) are more likely to be stubborn in their ways, it’s easy to see why he hasn’t relented from making this work with Bargnani. So the million dollar question is, “Is Colangelo at fault?”.. Think about it, should he be? At the time when he came, he was anointed as a saviour and was given the title as president and general manager of the team. Why shouldn’t he feel superior to his peers or not think that his case is different compared to any other situation in the history of professional basketball. I think this is a case of Colangelo being put in a position of failure and having unattainable expectations. When rebuilding the correct way usually consist of blowing up your team and obtaining high draft picks, BC chose to instead retool on the fly, hoping temporary bandages such as (i.e. Jermaine O’Neal) would fix a long-term problem. They haven’t and everything is crashing down right now. Whether or not we give up our lottery pick to Oklahoma this upcoming draft, the rebuilding needs to start now, and starts with divorcing Bargnani.

If we traded Bargnani, I don’t think there would be a drop off, and if there is, it wouldn’t be that substantial. I believe Ed Davis, who is finally  receiving the consistent minutes he’s earned, is  coming into his own as a starting-calibre “Power” forward. I stress the word power because Bargnani was always considered a stretch four. The idea of that position has never worked unless you pair that type of player with All-Nba talent (i.e. Dwight Howard & Rashard Lewis, Shaq/Duncan & Horry, Jordan/Pippen & Kukoc). We’ve never had that type of talent paired with Bargnani, therefore it’s easy to see why he’s yet to experience substantial success at the NBA level. If we were to pair Davis with Jonas, we’d have a more conventional pairing in the frontcourt and could potentially have two players who would average close to 10 boards per game. This is a necessary addition by subtraction as it’d give Davis a chance to shine. He’ll go through his mental lapses, but he’s a player who wants it badly. I never got that from Bargnani after all these years watching him and i doubt it’ll change

For now the future looks bleak due to our record (5-19 as of Dec. 16/12). This is a pivotal year for the franchise and as I look through the team, Bargnani clearly stands out as not one of us. It’s easy to notice his general detachment from the team during this season. The offense is usually left stagnant when the ball is in hands. Often, when he chucks up threes, he’s rarely takes into account if a teammate is in a good rebounding position. This leads to a lack of fluidity between him and the rest of the Raptors. The disconnect is clearly evident as it seems his teammates rarely know when he’s going to hoist up a shot or not.

I’m not sure trading Bargnani would return us anything substantial. His trade value has dropped considerably this year due to inconsistent play, a drop off in stats, the team’s record, and his current injury. I do believe Colangelo has enough self-awareness to see Bargnani’s lack of positive effect on the rest of the team, and is quietly awaiting his former #1 draft pick’s return to eventually trade him just before the trade deadline to a pseudo-playoff threatening team.

From there, the christening will begin in handing over the team and its future to Lowry, Demar and Jonas, with Ross, Davis, Amir, Anderson, Fields, and Klieza flanking as key members of the team moving forward. In order to finish .500 for the season, the Raps would have to go 36-22 (.750) the rest of the way, definitely not attainable but highly unlikely. Although Bargnani is a talented individual, i would never be scarred to trade him. One of the biggest fears in trading a player is watching them tear up the league with their new team (i.e. VC in New Jersey). I just don’t see that happening with Andrea. I don’t see him circling the date he would be playing the Raptors again; I don’t see the competitive vengeance in his personality. And you know what, that’s fine. Maybe he’s happy where he is and what’s he’s accomplished (starting for an NBA team, being the focal point of the offense, making 10million a year, dating models, etc.) Any other normal human being would feel more than accomplished doing what he has done in his professional career. I feel society and team fan bases in general place unreachable expectations on certain players, instead of just accepting them for who they are.

ESPN’s columnist, Bill Simmons, dissects a parallel situation when describing the legendary Bill Russell’s take on dealing with teammate, Sam Jones, whose reluctance to become great often frustrated Russell. In his article titled, “The Kobe Question” Simmons states, “Russell’s book covers one example with an enlightening section on Sam Jones, one of the league’s first great scoring guards but someone who feared the responsibility of being great every night. Sam couldn’t handle the pressure; the burden was too big, like having the same term paper hanging over your head 100 times per year. That drove Russell crazy. Eventually, he learned to accept that they just weren’t wired the same way. Sam didn’t puke before every big game. He didn’t measure his happiness by the success or failure of his basketball team. But he also happened to be a phenomenally gifted offensive player, someone who loved taking and making pressure shots. Sam’s laconic demeanor worked against him being a legendary player, but for big moments? It was perfect. You could always go to Sam when it mattered. More often than not, Sam came through.” (

As fans, we just need to accept Bargnani for who he is. We want him to play with passion, be able to put the Raps on his back during key moments, and buy into the system. But that’s just not who he is. I believe Bargnani has completely maxed out his potential and just doesn’t want to be great. I don’t see that fire that is clearly evident in the likes of Demar, Lowry and Jonas. So why expect more from someone who just won’t ever get there. As raptor fans, we should just smarten up, deal with what we have, and move on when we’re ready. Hopefully, BC is able to do the same.

Demar = the future.

Happiness can exist only in acceptance. – George Orwell

The Ripple Effect of Cheating

You have that slice of dessert even though you don’t need it.
You run a red light even though you don’t have anywhere to rush to.
You buy another article of clothing even though you have something similar in your closet.

All these are examples of needless temptation. As human beings, we have a tendency to over exert ourselves; put ourselves in situations that we don’t have to, in order to live a momentarily thrill we do not need. Cheating and the idea of in fidelity is the exact same temptation. We engulf ourselves in the idea of being with someone else, thinking they can provide us something we aren’t receiving in our current significant other.  Whether it’s a fear of breaking up or a case of ‘having your cake and eating it too’, people unnecessarily put themselves in this situation. They choose to live a double life, weave more lies into their relationship, and put their reputation on the line.

Personally, when I cheated on my ex-girlfriend, at first I thought it was fun and exciting. To be able to spend time with more than one woman and get away with it was enjoyable and fed my appetite for the opposite sex. In retrospect, it wasn’t a case of not getting everything I wanted in the current relationship. She’s was a decent girlfriend for where I was at the time. I think I was just overwhelmed by meeting so many new people and with being away from home, I was able to easily separate my relationship with her and what I had  with the other girls. However, as days turned into months, I found myself becoming mentally exhausted, having to cover my tracks with each of the them, while having the emotional responsibilities attached to boyfriend status. By this time, those late nights with each female evolved into late talks, emotional support during stressful times, and meeting their circle of friends. Obviously, this wasn’t as much fun anymore and in my eyes wasn’t worth all the stress I put myself through. By the time I wanted to cut the other relationships out of my life, I was in too deep, and everything eventually blew up in my face.

I don’t want anyone to think this is a sort of apology to any of the females I’ve hurt through my indiscretion. I’m able to openly talk/blog about it because I’m long over what happened and the negative backlash I received. At the end of the day I do not regret cheating. I do regret wasting another person’s time and hurting them in the process. However, I realized their mere existence in my life was to make me a better person for myself and for my next real relationship. I think I would have different point of view had I not met my current girlfriend. At the end of the day though, it always works out and this is just prime example.

Would I ever cheat again? Definitely not. It’s not that I’m scared to cheat; it just that there’s  no point. I’d rather focus my time and energy on building a future for my girlfriend and I, furthering my career, getting mentally and physically stronger, and just hanging out with my inner circle. I barely have time for all these things, so why would I make time for a needless relationship. More so, I know firsthand the negative impacts cheating can have on a life and have seen it destroy other lives as well. There’s just too much to lose if I did. I think cheating usually results from people being so narrow-minded and refusing to see the long-term ramifications of their actions. Be better than that. It takes such a bigger person to commit to someone and be faithful to them. I accepted that challenge a long time ago and for the rest of my life, I’ll never look back on the decision I made.
Don’t leave something good to find something better. Once you realize you had the best, the best has found better. – Drake

My hopeful legacy

I believe every man is capable of becoming whoever they want to be. A standard template for males would be to become someone who is suave, charismatic, intelligent, confident and the life of the party. Realistically, it would be extremely exhausting to be ‘that’ individual 24 hours a day, 7 days  a week. I aim for something more realistic and frankly more relevant. I don’t merely want to become just a distant memory; I want to have a lasting impact. When people think of me, I want positive synergy; I want people to be able to vividly remember an exact moment, whether it be a night out, a dance/drink shared, advice provided, or random adventures. I’ve been thinking about the type of person I want to be remembered as after my time here has ended. This is what I hope to accomplish…..

I aim to be someone who is completely reliable. As a man, I’d never want my word to be questioned or second-guessed, and have the trust in me slowly dwindle. I want people to trust me, confide in me, rely on me, without ever feeling indebted to me.

I want to be humble. I am very confident in my own abilities, but am aware that being overly confident will only stunt my potential. I value advice and communicating with individuals who have gone through similar scenarios before. I want to be a ‘human program’, able to consume all data thrown at me and storing it for moments of need. With increased knowledge at my disposal, I will have a ‘blueprint’ on how to handle any situation that I come across.
I do not want to be someone who is not owned by their own possessions. I place intrinsic value in people and experiences; my material possessions are only tools that merely exist to better my life and make it easier. .

I want to be someone who values loyalty over popularity; who sustains life long friendship with a close circle instead of carousel’ing friends. At the same time, I’d want to be someone who continuously challenges people to be better. I feel if my existence doesn’t add value to someone’s life, I have no reason to be apart of it.

I want to be remembered as having a beautiful mind and soul. I hope to better every life I come into contact with, and better their lives in some shape or form. I want to be someone whose words and thoughts are meaningful and sincere.

Ideally, when I’m on my death bed 30, 40 years from now, I envision a loved one providing me a copy of this list. One by one, I would simply check off each desired quality I was able to exemplify throughout my life. I’ll probably struggle to sustain these qualities over a long period of time, but I just hope never to lose sight of the important things in life. Through every will in my body, this is who I choose to be now and who I choose to become in the future.

Totally Unrelated: Do what you can…. follow the frog when you have the time.


My deepest fear is not that I am inadequate. My deepest fear is that I’ll never amount to what I expect of myself in the present and in the future. I fear that with all the freedom that our nation offers, I will still be restricted by the rules and expectations of society. I fear that when I finally obtain my definition of success, I will look back on my life and realize the time and energy spent was not worth what I chose to sacrifice. I fear my relationships with my family and close friends will slowly deteriorate, and when I finally come back home, my close circle will be full of strangers. I fear for my close friends/family as they deal with their own personal issues and hope that they have the internal strength required to deal with their own situations in a positive manner. To deal with these fears, I proactively try to influence every individual and situation I come across in a positive manner. I try to be light in the face of darkness.

‎Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
– Steve Jobs