Calgary Style: JP Channa on Suiting Up for Summer

The founder of custom menswear outfit The Kingly keeps things cool and colourful in the warmer months.

Jacket and trousers, The Kingly, produced in Japan with material from Italy’s Ariston Fabrics Napoli; shirt, The Kingly, made from a bamboo cotton fabric that the design team curated with a cotton mill; tie, The Kingly, made by Toronto-based Dion 1967; watch, Rolex, from Maison Birks; loafers, The Kingly, made in Almansa, a Spanish town known for artisan shoemaking. Photographed at the ENMAX Conservatory/Dorothy Harvie Gardens at Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo. Photograph by Jared Sych.

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.”

Photograph by Jared Sych.
Photograph by Jared Sych.
Photograph by Jared Sych.

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This article appears in the May 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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