How To Valentine's Day Like A Gentleman

How To Valentine's Day Like A Gentleman

Gentlemen, Valentine's Day is fast approaching and if you're in a relationship, chances are that there is an expectation to make it special.

Well, I'm here to tell you that making a reservation at a restaurant, buying a dozen red roses, or candy from the drug store is not special, it's lame and unoriginal! Plus, romance shouldn't be reserved for just one day a year. Try thinking outside of the heart-shaped chocolate box, do something unique, and not just on Valentine's Day!

Here are some suggestions that are sure to gain you a few brownie points. 

1. Instead of giving her the cliched dozen red roses, find out her favourite flower(s), and have a bouquet sent to her work, or even better, take them to her yourself. She'll be thrilled, ladies LOVE when you make them feel special in front of their friends and colleagues. 

2. Make her breakfast in bed, or take her for a decadent champagne brunch. You cannot lose either way. One of our favourite decadent brunch spots in Vancouver is Notch 8 in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver


 3. Book a couples massage or spa day just for her. Or even better, buy some massage oil, light a bunch of candles, turn on sensual music, and give her a massage yourself. I don't know of a lady that wouldn't love this! A great place to get candles and oils is from the Saje Wellness - Lovers section.


4. Take a cooking class together. It's fun, interactive, rewarding and a great bonding experience. Ladies adore men who like to cook. The Dirty Apron has some great couples cooking classes available in February. 

5. Do something different and take in some culture, broaden your horizons, you never know what you'll experience together. Visiting an art gallery is a great way to do that. There are all kinds of galleries featuring everything from local artists to world-renowned exhibitions. We just attended the opening of the Takashi Murakami exhibit, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It was spectacular! I highly recommend you check it out before it ends May 6th.  

Photo by: Maria Ponce Berre

6. Instead of booking a dinner reservation at a restaurant on the busiest day of the year, along with hundreds of other unimaginative men, try cooking for her. Trust me, this will be far more impactful than dining out. If you don't know your way around the kitchen, it's okay, here are a couple of hacks that will make you look like a culinary rock star. 

    - Charcuterie & Wine is a stress-free way to make an impression without cooking. Check out our Pinterest page for tips on how to create a show-stopping charcuterie board. 

    - A pre-cooked roast chicken dinner from the grocery store is a genius way to host her for dinner, without having to cook. Places like Whole Foods or Meindharts always have roasted chickens available. Grab one of those, along with some sides from the prepared food section, and voila, dinner is made! And be sure to get something decadent for dessert that you can share. 

Don't forget to pick up a bottle or two of wine. Maybe a bottle of sparkling for pre-dinner drinks, and a bottle of her favourite wine for dinner. Create a romantic ambiance by lighting candles, put on some mood music, and wear something nice, not a t-shirt, athletic wear, or a ball cap, please! She's the one that has to look at you, give her something nice to look at.

I guarantee she'll be impressed by the thought and effort, and won't care that you didn't cook it yourself.  

Romantic Dinner for Two

These are just a few suggestions to help you step up your romance game and out of the boring Valentine's Day rut that most men fall victim to.

My best suggestion is to listen to her and take mental notes of the little things that bring her joy and do that. Valentine's Day is not about spending a ton of money or making a dinner reservation, it's about showing love and appreciation by putting some effort into making them feel special, every day!

~ Bobbie

Winter Clearance SALE

Winter Clearance SALE

Gentlemen, we know you hate shopping for clothing, especially during the frenzy boxing week sales. That's why we're here! 

Come shop with us in a civilized environment, enjoy a dram of scotch and save big on all our in-stock clothing and accessories. Start the New Year with a new wardrobe. 

Here are a few of our favorite items. We also have COPPLEY trousers, LIPSON shirts, and DION ties on SALE. 


COPPLEY Blue Suit $650 | reg. $1150


COPPLEY Navy Suit $650 | reg. $1100


COPPLEY Mid-Grey Suit $650 | reg. $1100


COPPLEY Charcoal Suit $650 | reg. $1100


Paul Betenly Cobalt Blue Suit $500 | reg. $750


Paul Betenly Cobalt Blue Plaid Suit $500 | reg. $750


Paul Betenly Light Grey Plaid Suit $400 | $750


Paul Betenly Basic Blue Suit $500 | reg. $750


Paul Betenly Mid-Grey or Charcoal Suit $500 | reg. $750


S P O R T   C O A T S

COPPLEY Green & Navy Plaid Sport Coat $600 | $800


COPPLEY Navy & Brown Plaid Sport Coat $550 | reg. $800 


COPPLEY Purple & Navy Plaid Sport Coat $450 | reg. $750


COPPLEY Blue & Plaid Sport Coat $450 | reg. $750


Paul Betenly Blue Blazer $400 | reg. $600


Paul Betenly Brown Plaid Sport Coat $350 | reg. $550


Paul Betenly Charcoal Plaid Sport Coat $350 | reg. $550


Dress Like A Gentleman 

Gentleman's Gift Guide

Gentleman's Gift Guide

Tis the season of giving, and we're here to help you give the gift of gentlemanly style to the men in your life. We have something that will fit every budget and for every man in your life

1. Cotton Handkerchiefs - 3 in a box | $40
We think cotton handkerchiefs are the most gentlemanly accessories a man can own.
We love giving this gift, it's timeless and the perfect gift to give any fellow.
We also love that they double as a crisp white pocket square. 


2. DION Silk Bow Tie or Necktie | $80 - $128
Available in variety of colours & patterns
When you just don't know what to get him, you can never go wrong with classy neckwear. It's also a great gift for that fellow who is starting to build his work wardrobe.


3. Lapel Accessories | $30 - $100
DION Silk Lapel Bow - Available in a variety of colours & patterns
A lapel pin or bow is a fun accessory that is worn on the lapel of a Suit or Sport Jacket.
It's a great way to add some personality to a gentleman's attire. 
Custom Lapel Pins by Carolily Finery
We're all about giving unique locally made gifts, like these handcrafted custom lapel pins by the talented ladies at Carolily Finery. Visit their website to view the collection. 

Compton Pin


4. Pocket Square | $20 - $80

100% Silk pocket squares available in plain colours & fancies 

The perfect gentleman's accessory that is an easy gift to give to men of all ages. 

"Let the Adventure Begin" Silk Pocket Square

5. Blazer or Sport Coat | $450 - $1200 

An essential wardrobe item for any gentleman, whether he has an existing collection of jackets, or is just starting out, this is an amazing gift of style that keeps on giving all year long. We have an in-stock collection that can be tailored to fit, or give the gift of custom and let him create his own. Inquire for more details.


 6. Suit Him Up | $650 - $2000 

This is the perfect Mom & Dad or Grandparents gift to give. We love helping young men suit up for the first time. They don't just get the gift of a quality suit, but they get a lesson in proper tailoring, fit and styling. This is a gift that keeps giving for years to come.


8. Lipson Shirts | $175 - $500

100% Cotton | Canadian Made | In-stock & Custom Available

Every fellow loves a crisp new shirt. Whether it's a classic white or blue, or something with a colour or print, that he can customize it with his initials, you can't go wrong with this essential wardrobe piece as a gift.

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9. Well Made Gentlemanly Shoes or Boots

We're obsessed with quality made, classic men's shoes. Which is why our friends at Xixo Leather Artistry is on this list. They sell quality made leather shoes, belts, wallets and garments that are handcrafted in Mexico.

10. A Fine Canadian Whisky | $40

What better season to enjoy fine Whisky with friends and family, then the holiday season. Gooderham & Worts is one of our favourite Canadian Whiskies and is always on our bar cart at the Haberdashery.

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11. Haberdasher & Co. Gift Cards | Any amount you want!

The perfect gift to give any man in your life, it fits all sizes and ages, never goes out of style, and doesn't require batteries.

We also provide wardrobe audits, closet organization and personal shopping. Contact us for more information. 

We wish you and yours all the best for the holidays and the new year!