224 Bank Street, Ottawa, 613-667-3008, www.strokedego.ca
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10-6; Friday 10-8; Saturday 10-6; Sunday 12-5
Open since May 2010, Stroked Ego is a store that has it all – great staff, great name, great selection, and a great space.
Stroked Ego brings together everything for the modern man – fashion, accessories, personal care products and home decor.
After working as a manager for some very large retail companies, Kevin decided to take the plunge himself. Too bad for those big retailers, but a definite win for the Ottawa retail market.
What a great space!
If you can’t make it to the store (but you really have to) you can shop online at Stroked Ego.
Known for cuff links (and something a little more personal than that), Kevin says accessories and accessorizing is big this year. Last year it was the fancy socks, but this year you need the fancy socks and the fancy shoelaces to go with them.
Wedding parties go to Stroked Ego to accessorize all the groomsmen – outside and in! Kevin likes to be able to build relationships with his customers, so for those folks wanting the personal touch, this is the place to go.
Our young models couldn’t get over the ties Kevin has.
Did we mention cuff links? You can’t imagine – in your wildest dreams – the selection of cuff links here.
Third Son Laserworks is an Ottawa-based company making cuff links, earrings and pill boxes. If you can’t make it down to Stroked Ego, be sure to check out their website.
There’s more…bags and hats and well – you’re just going to have to go and see for yourself…
And now the really fun part – cute guys modeling great clothes! Jim Hamilton is a personal trainer and massage therapist and Cam Rufelds is an actor, writer and law student.
Bright, bold colours are in this year – no time to be shy and monochrome. Checks are bigger and brighter too.
Kevin told us there is a world-wide shortage of straight razors thanks to Daniel Craig’s ‘close shave’ in Skyfall.
Women come in and buy some of the clothes for themselves and that didn’t surprise us – there were lots of great shirts we would wear. And super-reasonable prices.
Stroked Ego is known for it’s underwear and like the cuff links, you will not believe the selection. And like some of the shirts, women like Stroked Ego underwear for themselves too. We just have a couple of pictures but there’s lots more to see in the store.
While we were there, we found out about a Bank Street festival taking place on June 21st and 22nd – Glow Fair – with eight blocks of music, lights and performance art. And in the window of Stroked Ego – well, like we’ve said before, you’re just going to have get there and see it for yourself.
And last but not least, Stroked Ego has a large selection of personal care products.
The much-coveted straight razors.