Wrapping your lower body in quilted poly fabric just when it's starting to get warm might seem unwise. Polyester has long held a reputation for being one of the worst materials to wear when it's hot and your limbs need airing, while quilting has traditionally been used in coats and bedding as a way to retain heat. But as long as the weather continues to flip flop between rainy mid-10s and sunny low-20s, there's no shame in housing your lower body in something a bit more insulating. Plus, these are probably cooler than anything you already own, so sacrificing a bit of comfort is well worth it.
Sons Of Ódin is Toronto's newest menswear label to watch. Launched in the fall of 2013, the ready-to-wear label has only released two collections so far and already they're being sold at Holt Renfrew. Founders Zakariah Milana and Charlene Martin gave birth to the brand in order to fill a gap in Toronto menswear for edgier, more urban designs. There's no doubt that they're fulfilling their design mandate nicely. Their debut collection featured lots of leather (both quilted and not quilted), thoughtful zipper details, asymmetry, and unexpected patches of colour (looks better than it sounds).
The Fence shorts, from the brand's spring summer 2014 collection, are definitely not lacking in edge or boldness. Cut in the gym short style and featuring badass side zippers, the quilted texture lends the garment a sense of luxury and gives the body shape. This latter detail is especially important for dudes who don't feel like showing too much, but still want to lounge in sporty apparel. Wear alone or over black tights if you feel like channeling Kanye West.
$220. Available online at Sons of Ódin.