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Klaxon Howl's Toronto flagship opened in 2005. With it's success Klaxon Howl would like to open in NYC this coming Spring. Read more

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Klaxon Howl's Toronto flagship opened in 2005. With it's success Klaxon Howl would like to open in NYC this coming Spring.

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Our Story

Klaxon Howl has been a staple of the Toronto clothing scene since 2005, and now we are looking to expand into New York with either a permanent brick and mortar store, or at least a 2-3 month pop-up shop. 

Designer Matt Robinson's inspirations come from the spirit and icons of the past. Men who toiled and the clothes that protected them. Frontiersmen and Prospectors, Soldiers and Sailors, Aviators and Highwaymen, American Indians and Cattlemen and the film idols that portrayed them. He studies and references his ever growing archive of vintage garments, books and films for details, fit, fabrics and finishes. Constructed using methods barely in use in contemporary garment manufacturing - such as triple chainstiching, bar tacking, flat felled seams, etc. - and all made in Canada using North American and Japanese fabrics.

Manufacturing in Toronto

Klaxon Howl prides itself on using the best manufacturing available in Canada. 

Klaxon Howl Toronto Store

The Klaxon Howl store has been open since 2005, designed and built by Matt Robinson. 

Store Press

The New York Times - "36 Hours in Toronto"

Conde Naste Traveller - "Weekend Break in Toronto"

About Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson is the owner and Designer of Klaxon Howl. 

Sam Jackson backstage at the Klaxon Howl F/W11 show in Toronto Fashion week. photo credit: Kevin Bryan
Sam Jackson backstage at the Klaxon Howl F/W11 show in Toronto Fashion week. photo credit: Kevin Bryan

The Toronto Star - "From High School Dropout, a Triumph of Taste"

Sharp Magazine - "Heroes of Menswear"

Selectism - "A Conversation with Klaxon Howl's Matt Robinson"

Klaxon Howl collaboration with Matt Barnes

One of Canada's top photographer's, Matt Barnes, has an ongoing collaboration with Klaxon Howl for our lookbooks, going back over 5 seasons with award winning photography and amazing location and studio work. 

SS11
SS11
FW 11
FW 11
SS 12
SS 12
FW 12
FW 12

Rewards

**** PLEASE SEE THE SIZE CHARTS FOR ALL CLOTHING IN THE UPDATES SECTION!

#1 Copy of Frontlines news print photo book for a pledge of $8

Inventory Magazine-

http://www.inventorymagazine.com/updates/front-lines.html

Frontlines, by Brendan Meadows and Matt Robinson. A photo book inspired by Robert Capa's indelible scenes of the first "media war".  These images remind us that the camaraderie born among men and women during conflict often reveal moments of disarming grace and beauty amidst unspeakable tragedy.     

This book was shot by Brendan Meadows, George Moreira and Simon Willms. and published by Ikigai Editions in 2010. Photographs in three formats depicting cadre from a multi national irregular liberation army joined with a common goal.
This book was shot by Brendan Meadows, George Moreira and Simon Willms. and published by Ikigai Editions in 2010. Photographs in three formats depicting cadre from a multi national irregular liberation army joined with a common goal.
Original uniforms, equipment and weapons used in Frontlines are from designer Matt Robinson collection and range from the Great War (WWI) to the Korean War era. 1914 to 1953. Many have been inspirational pieces in the design of past Klaxon Howl collection
Original uniforms, equipment and weapons used in Frontlines are from designer Matt Robinson collection and range from the Great War (WWI) to the Korean War era. 1914 to 1953. Many have been inspirational pieces in the design of past Klaxon Howl collection

# 2 Custom made embroidered Klaxon Howl "TRY"  or  "Heavy Howlers" patch for a pledge of $10

This patch will only be available for Kickstarter pledges.. Red, Gold, Black & White embroidery on a Twill background
This patch will only be available for Kickstarter pledges.. Red, Gold, Black & White embroidery on a Twill background

#3 "Khmer" Scarf. Available in Red and Black for a pledge of $18

Khmer scarf in Red or Black check. 100% cotton. Hand woven in Vietnam.
Khmer scarf in Red or Black check. 100% cotton. Hand woven in Vietnam.

#4 The Famous Klaxon Howl "Watch Cap" in one of Red, Black, Navy, Olive or Grey for a pledge of $28

#5 Original Klaxon Tees for a pledge of $35

"Ghost" Tee. 100% 7oz. cotton jersey.
"Ghost" Tee. 100% 7oz. cotton jersey.
"Po Hang Landing" Tee. 100% 7oz. cotton jersey.
"Po Hang Landing" Tee. 100% 7oz. cotton jersey.
"Bomb" and "Howl'n Seabees" Tees. 100% 7oz. cotton jersey.
"Bomb" and "Howl'n Seabees" Tees. 100% 7oz. cotton jersey.

#6 A print of one of 4 Matt Barnes shots (seen above in the KH MB collaboration) choose from SS11, FW11, SS12 or FW12

#8 Klaxon Howl Canadian Cotton Flannel "CPO" Shirt in Navy or the "PBY" Black flannel. For a pledge of $79

CPO navy
CPO navy
PBY black
PBY black
Typical Klaxon Howl shirt details. Double needle chain stitch, single straight stitch construction. Bar tacking at points of strain. Gusseted side seams.
Typical Klaxon Howl shirt details. Double needle chain stitch, single straight stitch construction. Bar tacking at points of strain. Gusseted side seams.

#9 "Tiger" short for a pledge of $85

"Tiger" short in "Tigerstripe Products" Vietnam tigerstripe camouflage in rip stop cotton. Double needle chain stitch and single straight stitch construction. Bar tacking at points of strain. Keyhole button holes. Zipper fly. Cats eye buttons. Adjustable
"Tiger" short in "Tigerstripe Products" Vietnam tigerstripe camouflage in rip stop cotton. Double needle chain stitch and single straight stitch construction. Bar tacking at points of strain. Keyhole button holes. Zipper fly. Cats eye buttons. Adjustable

#11 & 12 The Klaxon Howl "Utility" Shirt in Black Chambray or the "Big Yank" in a brushed Japanese Blue Chambray. For a pledge of $98

"Utility" shirt in black Japanese 100% cotton chambray.  Double needle chain stitch, single straight stitch construction. Bar tacking at points of strain Gusseted side seams. Black cats eye buttons.
"Utility" shirt in black Japanese 100% cotton chambray. Double needle chain stitch, single straight stitch construction. Bar tacking at points of strain Gusseted side seams. Black cats eye buttons.
"Big Yank" Shirt in Japanese 100% cotton chambray. Re-enforced elbows. Bellowed tobacco/pen pocket. Chinstrap.  Double needle chain stitch and single needle straight stitch construction. Bar tacking at points of strain. Gusseted side seams. Four hole dish
"Big Yank" Shirt in Japanese 100% cotton chambray. Re-enforced elbows. Bellowed tobacco/pen pocket. Chinstrap. Double needle chain stitch and single needle straight stitch construction. Bar tacking at points of strain. Gusseted side seams. Four hole dish

#13 The Iconic Klaxon Howl "Imperial Vest" Navy Cotton Duck for a pledge of $105

"Imperial" waistcoat in U.S. 100% soft cotton duck. Contrasting Japanese blue chambray back cinch and facing. Herringbone cotton twill tape finished seams. Cats eye buttons.
"Imperial" waistcoat in U.S. 100% soft cotton duck. Contrasting Japanese blue chambray back cinch and facing. Herringbone cotton twill tape finished seams. Cats eye buttons.

#10 "Cali Slim" Indigo or Black Denim for a pledge of $85

"CALI SLIM" Japanese 11oz non selvage denim. 100% cotton deep tone 100% indigo dye. Two tone contrasting yellow and gold thread. Double needle chain stitched flat feld seams. Single needle straight and chain stitching. Bar tacking at points of strain.
"CALI SLIM" Japanese 11oz non selvage denim. 100% cotton deep tone 100% indigo dye. Two tone contrasting yellow and gold thread. Double needle chain stitched flat feld seams. Single needle straight and chain stitching. Bar tacking at points of strain.
6 copper rivets at front pocket edges. Hair on Steer hide back waist patch. Contrasting Japanese blue chambray pocket bags and waistband. Hand stencilled Klaxon Howl and stamped # sizing on inside waist band.
6 copper rivets at front pocket edges. Hair on Steer hide back waist patch. Contrasting Japanese blue chambray pocket bags and waistband. Hand stencilled Klaxon Howl and stamped # sizing on inside waist band.
"CALI SLIM" Black Japanese 100% cotton non selvage yarn dyed denim. Tone on tone black thread. Double needle chain stitched flat feld seams. Single needle straight and chain stitching. Bar tacking at points of strain.
"CALI SLIM" Black Japanese 100% cotton non selvage yarn dyed denim. Tone on tone black thread. Double needle chain stitched flat feld seams. Single needle straight and chain stitching. Bar tacking at points of strain.
Black oxidized copper riveted front pockets. Black ox brass donut button fly. Black rough out leather waist patch. Contrasting Japanese black chambray pocket bags and waistband. Hand stencilled Klaxon Howl and stamped # sizing on inner waistband.
Black oxidized copper riveted front pockets. Black ox brass donut button fly. Black rough out leather waist patch. Contrasting Japanese black chambray pocket bags and waistband. Hand stencilled Klaxon Howl and stamped # sizing on inner waistband.
"Cali Slim" with hand chain stitched back pocket detail. Hair on Steer hide back waist patch. Two tone yellow and gold contrast stitching.
"Cali Slim" with hand chain stitched back pocket detail. Hair on Steer hide back waist patch. Two tone yellow and gold contrast stitching.
"Cali Slim" Details. Double needle flat feld chain stitching in contrast two tone yellow and gold thread. Brass black ox donut buttons. Hand stenciled Klaxon Howl and stamped sizing on contrasting chambray waistband. Copper riveted front pockets.
"Cali Slim" Details. Double needle flat feld chain stitching in contrast two tone yellow and gold thread. Brass black ox donut buttons. Hand stenciled Klaxon Howl and stamped sizing on contrasting chambray waistband. Copper riveted front pockets.
"Cali Slim" 11oz. Japanese deep tone indigo denim with chain stitch hem. 28" to 38" waist and all 36" inseam. True straight leg so leg opening does not change diameter with hemming.
"Cali Slim" 11oz. Japanese deep tone indigo denim with chain stitch hem. 28" to 38" waist and all 36" inseam. True straight leg so leg opening does not change diameter with hemming.

# 14 "Cali Slims" 13oz Selvage denim $126

"CALI SLIM" Japanese red selvage vintage denim. 100% cotton mid tone 100% indigo dye. Two tone contrasting yellow and gold thread. Double needle chain stitched flat feld seams. Single needle straight and chain stitching. Bar tacking at points of strain.
"CALI SLIM" Japanese red selvage vintage denim. 100% cotton mid tone 100% indigo dye. Two tone contrasting yellow and gold thread. Double needle chain stitched flat feld seams. Single needle straight and chain stitching. Bar tacking at points of strain.
6 copper rivets at front pocket edges. Hair on Steer hide back waist patch. Contrasting Japanese blue chambray pocket bags and waistband. Hand stencilled Klaxon Howl and stamped # sizing on inside waist band.
6 copper rivets at front pocket edges. Hair on Steer hide back waist patch. Contrasting Japanese blue chambray pocket bags and waistband. Hand stencilled Klaxon Howl and stamped # sizing on inside waist band.

#16 Suits. The "Palm Beach" Soft Stone Brushed Twill in Stone or in lighweight hopsack cotton for a pledge of $495

"Palm Beach" blazer. Japanese 100% cotton two tone twill in the colour stone. Viscose lining. 2 cats eye button front. 3 patch pocket front with one interior chest pocket.
"Palm Beach" blazer. Japanese 100% cotton two tone twill in the colour stone. Viscose lining. 2 cats eye button front. 3 patch pocket front with one interior chest pocket.
"Palm Beach" trouser. Japanese 100% two tone brushed cotton twill in the colour stone. Cats eye button fly. 2 slash front pockets and 2 back pockets. 1 with cats eye button closure. Cuffed hem.
"Palm Beach" trouser. Japanese 100% two tone brushed cotton twill in the colour stone. Cats eye button fly. 2 slash front pockets and 2 back pockets. 1 with cats eye button closure. Cuffed hem.
"Jimmy" jacket. Japanese 100% slub cotton hopsack in slate brown. Viscose lining. 2 cats eye button up front. 2 pleated lower front patch pockets.1 cats eye button closed front chest pocket. 1 interior chest pocket. Viscose lining.
"Jimmy" jacket. Japanese 100% slub cotton hopsack in slate brown. Viscose lining. 2 cats eye button up front. 2 pleated lower front patch pockets.1 cats eye button closed front chest pocket. 1 interior chest pocket. Viscose lining.
"Jimmy" trouser in slate brown Japanese 100% slub cotton hopsack. Black plain weave poplin contrasting pocket bags and waist band. Cats eye button fly. 2 slash front pockets and 2 back pockets. 1 with cats eye button closure. Cuffed hem.
"Jimmy" trouser in slate brown Japanese 100% slub cotton hopsack. Black plain weave poplin contrasting pocket bags and waist band. Cats eye button fly. 2 slash front pockets and 2 back pockets. 1 with cats eye button closure. Cuffed hem.

Risks and challenges

Klaxon Howl produces all clothing locally and has over 10 years of production experience in Toronto, so we will encounter no problems with producing the items made available for the Rewards.

Finding a space in New York for a permanent, or Pop-up, space is time consuming and expensive, and will be the biggest challenge but with a network of contact it's something we look forward to as part of the growth of the brand.

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FAQ

  • You can actually just pledge the two amounts together, so if you got the Brushed Chambray and the shorts it would be $85 + $98. If you are outside the USA then add shipping. Then when the event is over, we sort out sizes and what not.

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    Pledge $8 or more
    About $8 USD

    1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)

    A copy of Frontlines. The collaboration between photographer Brendan Meadows and Klaxon Howl. A full sized paper magazine that debuted at Toronto's Contact photography festival.

    ABOUT : "Robert Capa's masterful photographs of The Spanish Civil War portrayed the brutality of battle while exposing a poignant yearning for civilian normalcy among its idealistic combatants. Frontlines, inspired by Capa's indelible scenes from the first 'media war', reminds us that the camaraderie of men drawn by a sense of duty to an imperfect moral calling can reveal fleeting moments of disarming grace bound by unspeakable tragedy.

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    4 backers Limited (296 left of 300)

    LIMITED EDITION embroidered patch FOR KICKSTARTER PLEDGES ONLY!! The size is 5"x3" Made in Toronto, Canada.

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    About $18 USD

    8 backers

    Khmer Scarf. Hand woven in Vietnam. Lightweight cotton scarf. Available in Red and Black. See picture in main description.

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    15 backers

    A Klaxon Howl Watchcap. Your choice of Red, Black, Navy, Olive or Red. Made in Toronto. See picture in main description.

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    About $35 USD

    7 backers

    A custom Klaxon Howl Tshirt. Original design by Klaxon Howl designer Matt Robinson. Made in Toronto. See picture in main description.

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    0 backers Limited (100 left of 100)

    A numbered 12x8 print from 1 of 4 shots from the Matt Barnes and Klaxon Howl photo collaboration. Limited to 25 of each print. See description for print options.

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    7 backers

    Watchcap + Tshirt. Your choice of any color watchcap and the tshirt designs. Made in Toronto. See picture in main description.

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    Klaxon Howl's Flannels. Using the softest Canadian cotton flannels, the Klaxon Howl Flannel shirt is unlike any other and a must have for winter. We are offering either the "CPO" shirt in Navy or the "PBY" Black flannel. Regular price $175. Made in Toronto. See picture in main description.

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    Tiger Stripe Short in Jungle Camo. The short that first appeared in Klaxon's first collection 5 years ago uses US Tiger Stripe Products camo. Comes with a raw leg hem. Made in Toronto using 100% USA material. Regular price $180. See picture in main description.

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    4 backers Limited (46 left of 50)

    Cali Slim in Indigo or Black. These 1950's fit jeans are 100% made in Toronto using the highest quality of construction. Regular Price $195. Made in Toronto. See picture in main description.

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    About $98 USD

    9 backers Limited (41 left of 50)

    Big Yank in Blue Japanese Brushed Chambray. Brushed Chambray is among the softest fabrics available, and this rare Japanese fabric is limited to only 50 shirts. Regular price $225. Made in Toronto. See picture in main description.

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    Utility Shirt in Black Chambray. The chambray shirt is a staple, and Klaxon Howl does it best. This shirt has contrast stitching and a looser fit. Built for life. Made in Toronto. Regular price $230.

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    The "Imperial Vest". One of Klaxon Howl's most popular vest made in a US Made Navy Cotton Duck. Made in Toronto. Regular Price $225. See picture in main description.

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    1 backer Limited (24 left of 25)

    Cali Slim red selvage in a mid tone Indigo. These 1950's fit jeans are 100% made in Toronto using the highest quality of construction. Regular Price $275. Made in Toronto. See picture in main description.

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    14 backers Limited (11 left of 25)

    The WHOLE SHEBANG! Watch Cap, Tshirt, and choice of Chambray or Flannel shirt.

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    Pledge $495 or more
    About $495 USD

    4 backers Limited (96 left of 100)

    Custom fitted suit at Klaxon Howl Toronto, or the Pop-Up in NY by Matt Robinson. Suit is available in Stone Grey in a very soft brushed twill or a Black lightweight hopsack cotton. Regular price is $950

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    Pledge $2,500 or more
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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Invite to the NYC Pop-Up or Opening Party for the Klaxon Howl NY store. We will fly you in from anywhere in North America and take care of accommodation. You get to come party with us and get some major free swag (you get 1 of everything listed)

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