One of my fondest discoveries at the well-curated Void Showroom last Men's Paris Fashion Week was Thomas Bálint. Founded by Michael Thomas Bálint, the relatively young Toronto-based label cites the designer's rich Hungarian heritage as its primary source of inspiration.
Without any formal training in fashion, designer Bálint updates timeless styles with innovative design techniques utilizing high quality materials imported from England, Germany and Italy. Most pieces can be worn by either sexes and can easily be incorporated with your existing wardrobe.
The designer uses the glorious past as reference to create something new yet something familiar. Bálint considers imperfections something positive. "It gets better as you wear it," the self-taught fashion designer mused about garment imperfections. The more you wear it, the more it becomes second skin. Thomas Bálint garments definitely have an old, romantic nostalgic feel to it. There's a certain affinity that you feel whenever you put it on your back. It has a heart and soul. And that's what makes the clothing special and dear.
For more info head over to www.thomasbalint.com.
All photos courtesy of Thomas Balint