Stephen Bailey (Fluevog): Exploring Fluevog's Unique Footwear Philosophy
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by Stephen Bailey, Craig Patterson
2w ago
Craig interviews Stephen Bailey, Chief Marketing Officer of iconic Vancouver-based footwear brand John Fluevog. They discuss the evolution and unique positioning of John Fluevog Shoes within the footwear industry. Bailey reflects on his 20 years with the Vancouver-based company, emphasizing its dedication to creating “unique soles for unique souls.” He describes how the brand’s independent spirit and medium size allows for a personalized connection with customers, which is central to its retail strategy. Bailey also discusses Fluevog’s choice to manage its retail distribution through 24 stores ..read more
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INLAND (Sarah Power): Inland Pop-Up Celebrates Decade
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by Craig Patterson, Sarah Power
3w ago
Craig and Sarah Power, Founder of INLAND, discuss the journey of the INLAND platform that has helped shape the landscape of Canadian fashion by showcasing over 500 designers since its inception in 2014. This year marks the 10th anniversary, and the celebration is set to take place at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. Power discusses INLAND's commitment to providing emerging designers with a public platform that transcends traditional online retail, enhancing their visibility and engagement with the community.   Patterson and Power discuss the upcoming event, noting that it will occupy the form ..read more
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Adam X Atelier: Fashion's Artistic Journey
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by Craig Patterson
1M ago
Craig and Adam X., Founder and Creative Director at Adam X Atelier, discuss the foundation and philosophy behind his designs, highlighting his multicultural background and his passion for art and fashion. Adam’s journey began with foundational courses at George Brown College and styling at Ryerson University, leading him to discover the communicative power of fashion. Adam discusses his approach to designing garments that enhance the wearer’s beauty through meticulous draping, tailoring, and attention to detail, using various materials and inspirations ranging from movies to nature.   Ada ..read more
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Katz (RioCan): Commercial Real Estate Insights
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by Josh Katz, Craig Patterson
1M ago
Craig and Josh Katz, Assistant Vice President of Leasing at RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust, discuss Katz’s extensive career in commercial real estate, starting with his entry into the industry right before the 2008 financial crisis.   Katz highlights the resilience of certain retail categories and the innovative approaches taken by RioCan to navigate these challenging times, including the development of The Well in Toronto. This mixed-use project is a transformation of urban retail, offering a blend of necessity-based and unique retail experiences, including a significant focus on fi ..read more
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Morrow (Wicked Rose): Women's Martial Gear
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by Christina Morrow, Craig Patterson
2M ago
Craig  interviews Christina Morrow, Founder at Vancouver-based Wicked Rose, about Morrow’s journey of creating a groundbreaking women’s martial arts activewear brand. Morrow shares her personal motivation, driven by the lack of suitable clothing options for women in martial arts, which led her to develop a brand that combines high quality, performance-oriented apparel with size inclusivity up to 5XL. Morrow’s six-year experience in Muay Thai, and her dissatisfaction with existing offerings, inspired her to research and eventually create a line of activewear that caters specifically to wom ..read more
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Leblanc (Simons): Halifax store and ongoing expansion
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by Bernard Leblanc, Craig Patterson
2M ago
Craig Patterson and Bernard Leblanc, President and Chief Executive Officer at La Maison Simons, discuss the opening of Simons’ new store in Halifax, marking the Quebec City-based retailer’s first venture into the Atlantic provinces. Leblanc shares insights into the $20 million investment and the store’s design, which pays homage to Halifax’s maritime heritage and the Simon family’s roots, with architectural elements inspired by the Bluenose and sails referencing Simons family history. The store expansion reflects Simon’s ambition to bring its brand coast to coast, offering a unique shopping ex ..read more
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Opinion: Yorkville's Pusateri's and Flo's Diner
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by Craig Patterson, Lee Rivett
2M ago
Craig and Lee discuss the recent announcement of closures of two long-standing establishments in Yorkville, Toronto – Pusatiri’s grocery and Flo’s Diner. Pusatiri’s, known for its upscale grocery offerings, is closing due to a strategic decision by the owners, with plans for the space potentially converting into a restaurant. The closure of Flo’s Diner, a beloved local eatery, follows a landlord dispute, leaving its future uncertain. These closures signal significant shifts in the neighborhood, emphasizing the changing dynamics of retail and community spaces in Yorkville.   The podcast de ..read more
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Ali Baker (Avison Young): Retail Trends Shift To Suburban Markets
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by Ali Baker, Craig Patterson
2M ago
Craig and Ali Baker, Vice President at Avison Young in Toronto, discuss the dynamic landscape of Canadian retail, focusing on the transformative effects of the pandemic and the shift towards suburban markets.   In the conversation, Baker highlights the resurgence of suburban strip plazas and the competitive nature of these markets, driven by the pandemic’s influence on consumer mobility and retail preferences. Quick service restaurants, service retail, and boutique fitness studios are identified as areas of significant activity, indicating a move towards experiential and service-based ret ..read more
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Opinion: Retail Changes on Robson
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by Lee Rivett, Craig Patterson
2M ago
Craig and Lee discuss the latest retail developments on Robson Street, a key shopping area in downtown Vancouver. They highlight significant changes, such as the transformation of the former Victoria’s Secret location into an adidas Concept store and the relocation of Roots due to Arc’teryx taking over its prime spot. This episode delves into the dynamics of retail real estate, showcasing how major brands are reshaping the street’s retail mix.   Further, they touch on additional developments, including the opening of a Lush Spa and plans for new entrants like Esprit, signaling a revival o ..read more
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Eric Sherman (First Capital REIT): Retail Insights
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by Eric Sherman, Craig Patterson
2M ago
Craig and Eric Sherman, Head of National Operations at First Capital REIT discuss Eric’s extensive experience in the retail real estate industry, highlighting his journey from a summer student to the head of national operations at First Capital REIT. Eric reflects on his start in the industry, emphasizing the lack of awareness about retail real estate opportunities during his university days. He recounts his career progression, mentioning key projects and roles leading to his current position.   The conversation shifts to the transformation of Yorkville Village and the strategic decisions ..read more
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