You won’t see JP Channa wearing black when the warm weather arrives. “I love dressing for spring and summer because I can play around with so many more colours,” says the founder of The Kingly, a bespoke suiting company known for outfitting NHL players, executives and wedding parties. Channa’s summertime staples include bamboo cotton dress shirts and suits made of wool, linen and silk — natural fabrics that help regulate body temperature. He doesn’t shy away from wearing more casual clothing, but styles the pieces with intention. He’ll dress up a pair of shorts, for example, with a polo shirt and linen loafers. And, to keep his feet from sweating and swelling in the heat, Channa always wears no-show socks. But his ultimate styling move is embracing colour: “What we want is to bring out more flair for summertime.”
This article appears in the May 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.