Tell us about TAIKAN! How did it all start?
We started to see brands from Vancouver blow up like Arcteryx, Lululemon, Reigning Champ, Herschel, Purple Denim which was inspiring. Vancouver is such a melting pot as 80% of our population is within a 3 hour drive from the USA, we are part of the Commonwealth and people speak French in parts of our country so there’s a huge European influence. We have a massive asian population with lots of Chinese, Japanese and Korean influence. This all really helps create a Global perspective when creating a brand.Being a distributor for 25+ years and working with so many great owners and brands plus having a retail shop we felt the market was still missing something. We thought that there could be a need for a unisex, minimally branded yet clean, quality product that was attainable in price with a lot of culture behind it in the way of street, design, art, skate & music.
What’s your favorite TAIKAN piece?
I use at least one of our bags every day. That would be our Sherpa Tote bag which I travel with and take to work daily. As far as the apparel, I think I have almost every colour of our Chiller Pant. Super comfy and the right bagginess.