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    There was a time when luxury was all about dressing up. Today’s man of the world knows that truly luxurious treasures can also be casual. Sophistication and formality are not synonymous. What matters is the quality of the materials and of the workmanship that go into something of lasting value.

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    Ermenegildo Zegna, top to toe… The half-lined, soft-shouldered jacket is casual enough to wear with a polo and a pair of trim, indigo-washed jeans. Zegna’s Tiziano sneakers are unmistakable, with that leather sole curling up over the middle of the white rim.

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    The inimitable Giorgio Armani presents a most debonair navy cupro jacket, with patch pockets adding a casual touch to dressier peaked lapels. Those bold pants in a sand-and burgundy dégradé chevron pattern are made with a lightweight cotton-linen blend. A crisp white shirt completes the look. Giorgio Armani trousers available online soon. Giorgio Armani jacket available online.

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    Isaia’s half-lined, soft-shouldered sports jacket illustrates handmade Neapolitan tailoring at its best. The lightweight fabric has a semi-raw, slubby feel, thanks to the silk in the wool, silk and linen blend. Isaia jacket, shirt, and pants available in store only.

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    Loro Piana’s soft beige linen cardigan is so comfortable it’s bound to become a favourite, perfect for travel or a summer weekend by the lake. Wear it over a linen-blend shirt, a light summer scarf and a pair of cotton shorts. Loro Piana cardigan and shorts available online soon.

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    Canali’s Kei suit glides along the ideal meridian between soft and tailored clothing. With its natural shoulders and lightweight construction, the half-lined jacket has a contemporary Neapolitan silhouette. It can easily be worn as a sports jacket, especially when made in a fabric like this lively blue-checked blend of wool, linen and silk. Functional, stylishly leather-tipped suspenders are the sartorial finishing touch.

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    This look is quintessential Brunello Cucinelli, layering a T-shirt, a very lightweight cardigan, a clean-cut sports jacket in a linen blend, and a camel coloured, enzyme-washed cotton denim jacket. With its sharp side-entry pockets, this jacket is the sort of garment that just gets better with age.

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    Brunello Cucinelli flirts with a utilitarian look, layering a lightly quilted yellow nylon vest over a classic button-down oxford shirt and navy cargo pants. On top, the quarter-lined grey jacket is made with peached nylon – soft to the touch and also water-resistant. Navy pebble grained leather sneakers complete the look.

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    Kiton designs all its own fabrics, often drawing inspiration from heritage patterns and then refreshing them with unexpected colour combinations. This glen check in rich earth tones and terracotta orange is a fine example, courageously but impeccably balanced by the bold striped shirt and the unifying blue of the tie. The jacket is made of exceptionally lightweight cashmere and feels as soft as a sigh.

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    Both these looks from Ermenegildo Zegna are exclusive to Harry Rosen. On the left, the versatile sports jacket gets dressed up with tropical-weight dress pants in high-twist Trofeo wool, a dress shirt and a tie with a touch of copper and orange in the pattern – colours from Zegna’s palette this season. The tasselled loafers are made of woven pelle tessuta leather. On the right, the suit in a bold blue check needs nothing more than a plain dress shirt and crisp pocket square.

    Shot at Oretta restaurant on King Street West in Toronto. Under Executive Chef Christian Fontolan, the kitchen specializes in authentic Italian fare with modern-day classics. Commute Design created Oretta’s interior.