** 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 ...
** This interview orinally appeared 22 November 2012
Q: TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT RANDY MORRIS AGENCIES LTD. RMA SINCE OUR LAST INTERVIEW IN 2008.
RM: RMA continues to represent the hottest labels and product lines of clothing and footwear. Success has been earned by reacting quickly to market changes, being the master of reinvention and embracing technology. We are driven to ensure the right products are placed in our clients stores so they prosper for the long run. Our customers do well, then so do we. My clientele are predominantly specialty stores. Today's fashion sector is being stretched in different directions. The high end sector conti ...
**This interview was originally posted on 05 December 2012
I recently had a chance to chat with Dickson Li from NLA just before he took off to Spain and Los Angeles for his fall/winter sales meetings. We chatted about what brands he represents, why he spends so much time on the road, and why beer and chicken are so important for a good PK.
HEY, DICKSON. THANKS FOR CHATTING. WHERE ARE YOU NOW?
I am in Saskatoon, and then I’m rollin’ to PA (Prince Albert, SK) for a few PKs. I am on the road for two weeks and then heading to Spain to see the Dragon fall 13/14 collection, and then I fly right to LA for 32 fa ...
* This post was originally featured 23 May 2013
This week I had the chance to connect with Garett Halayko from Catapult Agency in Vancouver. Garett told us about his beginnings in the action sports industry, the formation of his agency and what it is like to work with friends and family.
HEY GARETT, TELL OUR READERS WHO YOU ARE.
I am originally from Victoria BC now living in Vancouver BC. Married to Mara Halayko and I am the father of Calla Halayko. Calla has truly changed our lives. My life consists of growing up on the Island, living in mountain towns for 12 years before moving to Vancouver. After spending 10 years in Whistler an opportunity at Supra D ...
*originally posted 12 July 2013
We are big fans of Native Shoes. With so much going on with the company lately... we decided to send the new CEO, Scott Hawthorne some questions to learn more about him and his plans for the brand in Canada.
HI SCOTT, CONGRATS ON THE ACQUISITION OF NATIVE AND THE APPOINTMENT OF DARREN HAWRISH AS PRESIDENT. MANY KNOW DARREN FROM HIS TIME WITH NO LIMITS, CAN YOU GIVE US A SHORT BIO ON YOURSELF?
I am a creative entrepreneur who enjoys getting ideas off the ground. After spending 10 years at a French investment bank in Tokyo I returned home to Vancouver to pursue this passion. I was one of the original founders of Native ...