Gastown would feel bare without a gorgeous store like Roden Gray. With lines from Japan and Europe that you can’t find anywhere else, this store has a lot to offer. I had a chance to talk with Daniel Peters about what makes Roden Gray so unique.
Adele Tetangco: What makes Roden Gray so different from other stores?
Daniel Peters: By balancing on an edge of clean and playful when we choose what clothes go into the store. We see a lot of brands and a lot of clothing when we go on our buying trips, so we work very hard to bring in only the coolest stuff we see.
AT: Can you tell me about the clothing lines that you carry?
DP: We carry some of the most exciting brands in fashion and continue to grow our selection each season. A few of our favorite’s are Thom Browne, Givenchy, Casely-Hayford, Sacai, A.P.C., Ami, Maison Martin Margiela, Junya Watanabe, & Maison Kitsune. Some of our favourites coming for Fall 13 are Ovadia & Sons, Raf Simons, Dreies van Noten and Miharayasuhiro. Each brand brings something to the table in terms of style and that’s something we always watch for when buying for the store.
AT: Tell me about your shoes lines.
DP: Alden shoes are a strong favorite in the store with a lot of our clients. They’re a quality U.S.A. made shoe and we really appreciate the craftsmanship put into them. Sneaker wise we are pretty obsessed with New Balance and the great color range they offer. Another store favorite is Common Projects, from Italy. The clean look of the sneakers is the perfect shoe, which you can dress up with a suit or down with coloured chinos.
AT: What about your accessory lines?
DP: We’ve been very fortune to carry some really great accessories in the store. Comme des Garcons Wallets are always extremely popular simply because they’ve owned that ‘thinking out of the box’ approach to everything they do. Phigvel Markers. From Japan is another strong line we carry and they offer everything from beautiful wool scarves to felt hats, which are also really popular right now.
AT: What’s your best selling line?
DP: Givenchy has to be the strongest selling brand I’ve seen in a while. We literally cannot keep anything in the store longer than a week because the demand is so high. We completely understand why though, the brand has so much exposure and has already created some of the most iconic and relevant prints of recent times.
AT: I can’t wait for the sun to start shining again. Can you tell me what you have in-store for spring/summer? Any colour palettes?
DP: At the moment one of the biggest trends I can talk to has to be the printed matching garments. Brands like Givenchy, Moncler and Ami all have entire matching outfits you can purchase, and I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a couple people who haven’t already. Colour wise, Red has popped up in every collection we seem to buy. For those who aren’t quite as keen on showing up and blowing up in colour, Navy has to be the new black for us.
At: Do you carry any brands exclusive to Roden Grey?
DP: We’ve had a few brands that we introduced to the North American, Canadian and Vancouver market over the years that include nonnative, Uniform Experiment, Sophet but recently we’ve picked up a few brands including Thom Browne, Ami, Maison Martin Margiela, Aspesi, KAPITAL, and Orley Knits which you can’t find anywhere else in the city.
AT: Do you still carry women’s or just men’s?
DP: We unfortunately no longer carry women’s wear. It did very well for us, but our roots are embedded in men’s wear and we want our focus to remain on delivering the best men’s wear out there.
AT: I have $450 and want to spend it. What should I buy?
DP: Easy – Ami Bird Print Button Up Shirt ($278.00). The Wings+Horns Westpoint Chino Shorts in rust ($175.00). Both are exactly what people need for the coming summer months. Prints and Colour.
AT: I’m actually not that rich. I only have $50 – what should I buy?
DP: PhigvelKey Case ($55.00).
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Vancouver, B.C V6B 1A4