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: 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.
3683 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V 3N6
Eugene Choo Annex
3697 Main Street