** 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 ...
** 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 ...
** 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 ...
** 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 ...