Eugene Choo

Thirteen years and counting, that’s how long Eugene Choo has been on Main Street. I was able to catch up with owner Kildare Curtis where he reminded me why I love his store as much as I do.

Adele Tetangco: How did you come up with the name Eugene Choo? It’s pretty unique.  Kildare Curtis: The name comes from a childhood friend of mine (he is to my knowledge, still not aware of this). When my sister and I merged our 2 stores, it was a compromise on names.

AT:  Wow, your childhood friend is going to be in for a surprise if he ever finds out. How long have you been in business for?
KC:
13 years for Eugene Choo and 1 year for the Eugene Choo Annex.

AT: Lucky number 13! Tell me about the Annex. Why did you decide to open it?
KC:
The Annex was a natural extension of our love of shoes and bags (we were always limited on space for both) it was also fortuitous, as we had looked at opening a shoe store in the same storefront 10 years ago.

AT: I guess everything falls into place eventually. What do you sell in there? What brands?
KC
: Shoes, bags, and accessories by APC, A detacher, Aigle, Apartment Five, Armando Cabral, Archival, Converse, Dace, JW Hulme, La Botte Gardiane, H by Hudson, Clae,  Strathcona Stockings, Hansel from Basel, New Balance, Rokin,  and Erin Templeton to name a few.

AT: What about the clothes? What kind of style do you look for when you’re buying clothes for the stores?
KC:
I try to keep things within a classic style, but I would not say boring. I like colour, patterns, and texture. The quality has to be there as well. We also like to support local and Canadian made.

AT: What are some of the best selling brands you carry for the clothes?
KC:
It would have to be APC and Steven Alan and then Lifetime Collective and Dace for locals.

AT: Can you tell me something that you’ve been re-stocking forever because it always sells out?
KC:
it’s actually a candle called Red Currant that we burn in the store it’s a real crowd pleaser.

AT: Ah! I know that smell. It’s synonymous with the Eugene Choo store. I love that my packaging smells like it when I leave the store. Can you name something you don’t carry – but want to?
KC:
Super Sunglasses.
AT: Ummm… what’s hold you back?? Those glasses are amazing!

AT: Tell me about something that women always go to Eugene Choo to look for?
KC:
The perfect dress, something that can be worn casually and / or dressed up.

AT: What about for men?
KC:
A good-looking suit.

AT: I always ask, what music is paying in the store right now?
KC:
I’m a big music fan, but I will often let the staff choose what they listen to. At the moment I’m stuck on Jake Bugg and the staff tend to be leaning heavily on a Trojan records box set of early rock steady, ska, and reggae.

Eugene Choo
3683 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V 3N6
T. 604-873-8874

Eugene Choo Annex
3697 Main Street
Vancouver BC
V5V 3N6
T.
 604-558-3298

www.eugenchoo.com

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