For everyday, inspired by runway

Men's Spring/Summer 2010 fashion week kicked off in Milan this last week, and from what I can tell, all bets are off. So far, this season has featured looks from the mundane to the magnificent, which, with a little thought, can be translated from the super styling of the runway to any man's wardrobe. After all, any fashionable man knows that a collection isn't complete without jackets and coats for all occasions. Judging by the endless variations that have graced the Italian catwalks, this style tip is a sure thing. Come check out the choices featured below and more, on sale and in store now!

Jacket: Generra $300- sale: $105-
Parka: Conference of Birds $920- sale: $429-
Trench: T-County $415- sale: $190-


Here's a party hosted by friends of Worth that's definitely on our radar.

What's sure to be July's perspiration-pumped high-point, "Deadbeat Summer" is coming July 4th.

These are the details:




EMMEDIA 203-351 11AVE SW

BBQ @ 8





Let's get low-concept!



With summer sales on the brain, I have to ask that you to switch gears for a moment to fill you in on our newest fashion obsession; Lover. This label is making its way to Worth from the sun and surf of Australia, just in time to fill out your fall wardrobe. Lover design duo, Susien Chong and Nic Briand have combined their unique vision and sense of style to create a brand that has amassed a horde of diehard fanatics, creating a cult status among those in the know. These real life lovers describe the line as a, "mix and match of [their] favorite heros, muses, films, and songs." So ladies, if this sounds at all up your alley, start clearing room in your fall lineup for an exquisite leather and wool letterman jacket, zulu print circle skirt or perhaps the velvet dress. 


Worth-Less sale men's picks

It's back! The Worth-Less sale is in full swing, with some great deals on some key summer pieces. Here are a couple of selections for the guys. 

Talk about a desirable jacket, this canvas parka by Conference of Birds, which was produced for up-and-coming designer Andrew Holden's second collection simultaneously channels a smart Mod silhouette with colours and fabric suited for the African Savanna. 

-100% cotton parka by Conference of Birds $920 SALE $429

Next, I've selected this shirt by Orthodox, simply because it's absolutely ideal for Summer. Somehow, this shirt manages to feel cool and loose despite its close cut. Also, the fabric is nicely textured with a crinkled check. 

-Shirt by Orthodox $198 SALE $157

The Worth-Less Sale Picks

The Worth-Less Sale has begun and I've spent the afternoon scoping out picks to stock up my summer wardrobe. I know what you're thinking, you work at Worth you get the discount already, but the reality of it all is that even though we get the discount, us shopaholics still have to control ourselves but now that the Worth-Less Sale is on, my bank account is open to a little discount shopping.

I've been eying the organic cotton Josh Podoll t-shirt (Down from $76 to $66) in the picture above teamed with the shorts from BNX (Down from $180 to $126). It's finally warm out in Calgary and I want nothing more than to be comfortable.

Keeping in theme with comfort, again Josh Podoll has my heart. The tunic pictured above is again very light and again organic cotton (Down from $210 to $147).

I'm really a big fan of Josh Podoll, as a sucker for romance I was very intrigued by how the company started in the first place. Josh Podoll the label is a husband and wife team who basically came together through the vision of organic fashion. You can read the story (here).

Anyways I'm off to try on some clothing, you better get here quick before I scoop it all up!

Have a great weekend guys!


You Make Loving Fun

Just the other night, I found myself sitting, smiling, getting sore legs, then, finally, with enough coaxing, I was standing, clapping, nodding and swaying. My companions? Thousands of baby-boomers, including my Mom and my Uncle. If this all seems familiar, perhaps you were there too; watching Fleetwood Mac live at the Saddledome I mean. 

Instead of going into great detail and analyzing every bit of the 150ish minute performance of a lifetime, I'd prefer to share with you an important lesson, which goes as follows: "music is THE secret to everlasting youth". I say this, because not only was the energy projected by Stevie and company as electric as lightning striking the clock tower, their worshipping followers, most of whom are classroom trained in nuclear strike survival (think Cuban missile crisis), were out-screaming and out-moving me all night long. In some ways, i felt like the dad chaperoning a group of excitable teenagers. You party well, baby-boomers! Stupidly, I'd forgotten you had it in you. 


Coming Soon...

Let me excite you. Within the next few days, we'll be receiving our last shipment of Wrath Arcane for the season, and trust me when I state that "we've saved the best for last". Included in the order are the shorts and the hoodie shown above, plus new denim and dress pants. Check back, as we'll be posting photos of everything as soon as it arrives. If you have any questions, please contact us at the store. 

This Week at the Squeeze

Looking for something to do Thursday nights? Consider this; Jay-J will be playing at the Mercury's new night, The Squeeze, this Thursday, June 25, and friends of Worth are invited to join in the joint-rattling with guest list privileges BEFORE 11pm. Please send your full name to info@astorecalledworth before 8pm this Thursday.

*Guests must be at least 18 years of age. Cover for this event is $15.00 at the door. Advanced tickets are available at Worth for $12.00.

More on Jay-J...

Jay-J is undoubtedly a legend in House Music. Spanning a career with over 150 releases, he's won a Grammy nomination, had his own Coke bottle for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, DJ'd the 2006 MTV AVMAs and launched two comp series for Defected. Jay-J's syndicated radio show, "Live From..." allows fans to "join him live from" his gigs worldwide, showcasing the latest tracks from his signature, Funky House/West Coast sound. As a producer, you'll se his name on the biggest releases from Moulton Studios, OM, Naked Music and Defected. He's remixed artists from Jill Scott to Joss Stone and has collaborated with producers from Ka skade to Miguel Migs.


!!! W-O-R-T-H-L-E-S-S-S-A-L-E !!!

IT'S BACK, and our blog followers are the first to know! Starting today (Saturday, June 20th), everything in the store has been marked down between 20 and 70 percent! Visit us as soon as possible for the best selection, and please ignore the dates indicated on the above flyer. SALE IS ON NOW.

Samantha Reed

The newest edition to to the Worth collection comes courtesy of Calgarian designer and ACAD graduate, Samantha Reed. Well versed in her knowledge of textiles and technique, both pieces from the collection, Ethereal Beauty, were born from a rectangular form of layered silk and wool blend with felted finish and all natural nature dyes. Reed describes her work as a, "novel use of traditional technique to construct original textiles into elegant, unique garments." This is one collection that really lives up to its name, so come in and admire these one of a kind treasures in person before this up and comer takes her talent to the Glasgow School of Arts.



Although this blog is fairly new, we've received a lot of great feedback from friends and clients who visit here regularly for all kinds of store-related news and updates. Besides posting the obvious; photos and features about sales and the labels that we carry, we also like to highlight the various projects being undertaken by our talented friends. 

Here for your listening pleasure is a really sleepy mix by our friend and resident DJ Ted Stenson (aka Teddy Celebration). 

Follow the link to download a mix so serene, it makes underwater whale calls sound like a V12 with a headphone jack. 

Liam's Pick of the Day

The interesting thing about body language, is that unlike spoken language, it can be interpreted by anybody, really quickly, for better or worse. If you've ever been wrongfully accused of looking grumpy, or confrontational simply because of your posture, or blank-staring facial expression, this cardigan is for you, as it converts body language to sunbeams.  

As Morgan demonstrates above, this piece looks great buttoned-up and worn with a skirt, or perhaps, even better opened and layered over a favorite heather-grey t-shirt with washed, roomy (aka boyfriend) jeans with a cuff, and black peep-toe heels.  

67% silk, 33% cotton cardigan in red by Y.M.C $325.00 

*for a better look at this cardigan's unique construction and detailing, click on the image below to enlarge. 


It's Party Time!

The day has finally arrived and Worth is just buzzing with excitement about the new night sponsored by Worth, The Squeeze. The first night will kick off with DJ and producer, Fred Everything. Tickets are on sale at Worth ($12), we encourage you to come down and pick up a ticket as ticket prices go up at the door. ($20). So if you're down on the avenue come down for a drink or two at The Mercury Lounge, (101-550 17 Avenue SW).


Visual Love

Shane Michael Haltman is a Canadian born contemporary self taught artist who currently has two pieces (Geologica, ($800) and Panda ($450) up for display at A Store Called Worth.

Born in 1975, Shane fuels his creative fire from the dynamic world in which we all live. His work is somewhat of a paintamentary, a documentary that mainly utilizes paint as it’s medium.

Shane’s work has been shown in Vancouver, New York and Calgary and Europe this summer.

"My paintings are directly correlated to my journey through life. Led by an unbridled curiosity, I do have a lofty range of subject matter and style. In order to manage this, experience has taught me that each subject requires it’s own set of rules. When I want to articulate an experience, I go to abstraction. Abstraction to me is the purest form of thought, and when properly channeled speaks a certain truth that I am unable to achieve with realism."

"Slowly I have evolved to combine abstraction and realism. This has allowed me to weave together reality, as we sense it in the world, and thought, which we cannot see. The interaction of the two creates a powerful dialogue between the painting and the viewer. The subject matter for my paintementary has led to a series on one of the worlds most interesting people, Barrack Obama. As time passes the dialogue amongst the public has varied concerning Obama's role as president. I plan to continue to capture this fluctuation in polls, with the hope of portraying the weight that comes with being the president, as well as putting the viewer in Obama's shoes, which is a very tall order indeed."



Fathers, Brothers and Sons

Whether you're a man of action, a man of leisure, or a man of mystery (you know who you are, but we don't), shop with us starting Thursday June 18th to save at least 20% on ALL clothing and accessories, including everything shown above. 

Cashmere-lined leather gloves by Orciani Reg.$225.00 SALE $112.50 
Shirt by T-County Reg. $164.00 SALE $131.20 
Belt by Orciani Reg. $260 SALE $130.00 
Scarf by The Cast Reg. $50.00 SALE $25.00 
Jeans by Spurr Reg. $330.00 SALE $264.00 
Tailored windbreaker by Y.M.C Reg. $340.00 SALE $272.00 
Chain and Lighter by Good Art Hlywd *please contact us for additional information
Or, perhaps you're a woman, and this whole thing seems a bit man-centric. We're sorry, you'll have your chance. In the meantime, why not visit us for great Father's Day gift ideas? And dresses of course.  

Clean, light and victorious!

This year at the Big Rock Eddies, it was understated elegance that won the people's approval, which, frankly, we're happy about. To those of you who voted, thanks, and congratulations to our winners, Rachel and Jeremy(pictured), who have been awarded with an impressive $2000.00 to spend at Worth. Not bad! Let's hope that their footwear selection was also up-to-snuff ( I can't help it. I'm a shoe guy).


The Prairies, Parisian style

Last night by the time the clouds had cleared I was well on my way to the most enchanting outdoor dinner party this side of the French Riviera, hosted by our friend, the ever fashionable Emily. Guests settled in under a white canopy and candle light while champagne flowed as freely as the conversation. Coq au vin, potato and asparagus gratin, and french bread were served for the main while strawberry rhubarb jam, whipped butter, custard tarts and berries followed. 
With a menu that would make Marie Antoinette's mouth water and company fit for a good time this was the perfect way to spend a summer eve indeed. You should give it a try. Trust me.
Yours, Kate


Five Left

If you're looking for a bag big enough to hold all of your wares, and strong enough to hold up to any sartorial scrutiny, look no further. Lincoln Heller, the creator and designer behind Vancouver based Five Left has just the ticket. The all-natural, vegetable tanned leather bags combine the use of simple materials and timeless design. Heller describes his unique line of bags as, "functional, with a strong visual presence." With a designer who honed his skills at an Alaskan logging camp reworking old leather boots, it's no wonder the construction and creativity are top-notch.

FIve Left Cont.

Travel Bag- $525-  Sale: $445-

Five Left Cont.

Mega Tote- $420 Sale:$357- *also available in green


New at Worth

We've recently received a new shipment from Vancouver's Dace, and we couldn't be more pleased about it. The following items are guaranteed to go fast, so if you're interested, please call or visit us in store.

"Aeva" dress in grey w/elastic belt
100% cotton ($185.00)

New at Worth

"Nia" blouse in navy w/pleating and button-up sleeve
62% viscose, 38% cotton ($139.00)


"Louie" Short in tan w/front pleat detail
54% linen, 31% cotton, 15% polyamide ($163.00)

New at Worth

"Aja" dress in black w/shirt style hem
100% cotton ($185.00)

New at Worth

"Pelletier" dress in black
*Note: we received this piece in a size large only.

New at Worth

"Martin" dress in grey and blue plaid w/pockets
100% Cotton ($269.00)


Tiffany Wollman Creates

On June 17th, our friend Tiffany Wollman, one of Calgary's up and coming visual artists and designer will be showing new work at Blink Restaurant and Bar (111 8 Avenue SW Calgary). The show will be up till August 31, stop by for a fresh look at Tiffany Wollman's new creations.


Gabe and Max

Hey everyone. If you like Tim & Eric type comedy, plus faulty style council, you might love these guys! 

*Note: Being arbiters of style ourselves, we can't recommend anything these goof-balls promote.  Ha. 


Generra A/W 2009

Basic, quality, and beautiful - all adjectives which can be used to described clothing by one of our most beloved labels, Generra.

Now available to view on generra.com , A/W '09 collections for men and women. As always, the knit pieces look outstanding, especially when they're layered over subtle plaids and patterns.

Also, keep checking this blog, as Worth will soon be receiving one last shipment of Generra for Summer, which we'll be sure to photograph and post.

Heard @ Worth

As friends of Worth know, we're an organization that loves to dance. From the store's founder, to its hanger-straightening underlings, this staff moves. Click (here) to hear a bit of what causes us to shuffle at every tempo; in mixed form!

By yours truly(Liam)!


The Look For Less

If your wallet is lighter than you'd like, don't sweat it. We here at Worth have a solution that will keep you looking sharp. Pictured above, are a few examples of some great men's pieces, which are currently on sale. 

Shirt: Idol Radec $220 SALE $154 
Shorts: Oliver Spencer $185 SALE $74
Cashmere Vest: Worth $320 SALE $160
Bow tie: Conference of Birds $126 SALE $107 
The bag which our staff loves to feature on this blog because it's so excellent: Conference of Birds $176 SALE $150 

Note: Limited quantities and sizes available in some of the above items. For enquiries, please visit, or contact the store.