Brand Profile: Vans

on 09/25/2015 - 01:38 pm

** This interview was originally featured on CUT & SHOW on 13 May 2011
This week, we spoke to new Montreal transplant Jason Good, who packed his west coast bags to be the new Canadian sales manager for Vans. He talked to us about the new Geoff Rowley SPV shoe, collaborations with Vans’ brand advocates and why everyone needs a pair of Old Skools.
How did you get your start in the industry?JG: I got into the industry when I was 18-years-old. I got my first start in the business on the snow side of things by working in a rental shop back in 1991 at Apex Resorts in Penticton. I loved snowboarding and needed a way to get deals on new stuff, so I got sucked ...

Distributor Feature: Throat Threads Apparel

on 09/25/2015 - 01:31 pm

** This interview was originally featured on CUT & SHOW on 19 April 2013

On a recent visit to Toronto, I was fortunate to meet the charismatic and fashionable Russ Fearon, owner of Throat Threads Apparel. The journey from Vancouver to Toronto was well worth the trip, as I was truly amazed from the moment the car pulled up at this historic mansion, the kind you only see in the movies.  As I stepped through the door, I was greeted warmly, and I said to myself, “I am in fashion heaven.”The beautiful interiors, the merchandising of the clothing, and the displays were impeccable. Russ guided me on an inspiring tour through the whole building, an ...

Distributor Profile: Take Five Trading

on 09/25/2015 - 01:02 pm

** This interview was originally featured on CUT & SHOW on 03 February 2010
This week, we chatted with Garry Bone from the distribution company Take Five Trading (and also from the sneaker retailer Livestock). He told us about his new company, his predictions for 2010 and why he's buying Alife sneakers for this spring.

Q: So, Garry, how did you get into the distribution business?GB: I got into the business via Livestock -- a lot of the brands that we were working with didn't have distribution and were growing to the point where they needed it. They would all call and ask me who they should work with as far as distributors go, and I kept on denying most of ...

Sales Rep Feature: Ybrands

on 09/25/2015 - 12:55 pm

** this interview was originally featured on CUT & SHOW on 28 November 2009
This week, we stopped by YBrands in Vancouver to chat with the agency's super stylish owner, Yasmin Akmal. She gave us the goods on what it's like running her own agency, why traveling is a best bet for finding great brands and her love for Sneaky Sound System on the office stereo.

Q: So Yasmin, tell us about you. How did you get into the business?YA: I started in retail when I was 18-years-old; I started at Aritzia. I wanted to work at a company that was hands-on, where I could learn more about retail, like buying. So while I was going to school -- I have m ...