“Although I’m prone to drink almost anything, I’m partial to either champagne or beer—I grew up in Ontario, after all.” From Peterborough, Ontario (Cana-duh!) to London, England and now (temporarily) Toronto, Ontario, Soho House consultant Markus Anderson revived his Canadian roots by venturing back to his stomping grounds... all in the name of business. You're familiar with Soho House, right? It's the cool, members-only club around the globe that everyone is dying to gain access to. (Remember the Sex and the City episode when Samantha Jones couldn't get in, so she stole some other chick's identity instead? Yeah, that place.) Anderson has been working tirelessly getting ready for the first Canadian opening in downtown Toronto. “A general uniform can be as simple as jeans and a great T-shirt,” he says. “Luckily, the company I work for frowns on formality, so suits are saved for special occasions." He filled us in on upcoming openings (hint, hint: Mumbai and Barcelona), reminisced about his friendship with Shawn Leane, Christopher Kane and Alexander McQueen (he has stories about their shenanigans in Milan) and we collectively re-lived our youth surrounded by his dope collection of summer camp memorabilia. A self-confessed cashmere junkie (at least he’s hooked on something luxurious and not toxic), Anderson keeps his NIKEiD’s close by (insert shoe envy emoticon here), a Smythson notebook in hand, and a stack of international magazines under his arm (10, Fantastic Man and more). Sure, you need a VIP card to enter through his corporate doors, but this one’s on the house.
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