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HYPEBEAST interview on Value and the Canadian Retail Scene

The folks over at HYPEBEAST recently did an interview with me, regarding the business side of HAVEN. Thought I’d share it here with you guys in case you were interested in what makes HAVEN turn. Click the image or the link below to be taken to the article.

HYPEBEAST TRADE: Daniel Chmielewski of HAVEN on Value and the Canadian Retail Scene

HYPEBEAST TRADE: Daniel Chmielewski of HAVEN on Value and the Canadian Retail Scene

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My Visit to the NEIGHBORHOOD AW13 Showroom

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Tokyo and had a chance to catch the NEIGHBORHOOD AW13 exhibition. The collection looked strong as always. Without giving away too much, here are a few shots from the visit.

Neighborhood got some custom soles!…

….AND some custom butterfly knife bottle openers! Be the boss of your next party when you whip this out to open your beer!

On my last few days in Tokyo I spent a lot of time wandering around and discovering new things on my own.. Here are some random shots.

Aoyama Cemetary. I was able to catch Hanami season.


This place called “On the Corner” which is on a quiet street in Shibuya is awesome! I wish they would open a coffee shop like this in Canada. I took a nice little break from walking here.

Apartment 1LDK is a cool concept space where you can grab a bite to eat and browse some lifestyle products. I took home these Stussy General Livin’ shampoos and body wash

And of course I had Standing Sushi Shibuya for my very last meal. Must-go if you have never been!




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A few days ago, we had a visit from our friend SJ, who delighted us with a book called “LITTLE PEOPLE IN THE CITY, The street art of Slinkachu”. **This art book captured the evanescent existence of the diminutive in the great and troubling city, have all the power of Gulliver’s Travels to impose upon us a realization of the asinine pride we take in the mere fact of comparison.

**Quoted from Forward by Will Self

Here are some pictures that we’ve enjoyed.

Jesus saves – Cambridge Circus, London 2006

Scavengers – Finsbury Park, London 2008

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A Visit to the Hender Scheme Offices in Tokyo

Last week the HAVEN buying team was in Tokyo for a couple of exhibitions. Among them was a new favourite to the shop, Hender Scheme. We took a trip over to the Hender Scheme offices in Setagaya, Tokyo and met with founder and designer Ryo Kashiwazaki. His “hommage” line of sneakers has been a very successful due to it’s design element of “growing” and aging more beautifully over time, which is in opposition to the image of sneakers that are usually worn in then thrown away.

Some of Hender Scheme’s sneakers after approximately two years of wear.

Ryo explained that this unique pen holder is on display the Tokyo museum of modern art and is modelled after the shoes Charlie Chaplin wore.

A Hender Scheme keychain made out of the sole of a shoe.

They also produce traditional Japanese houseware products such as this small coin collector.

Ryo Kashiwazaki, founder and designer.

More Tokyo updates soon!


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Continued: BUYER’S LOG – New York FW13 Part 2

I dug up some of the more interesting photos from the tail end of our New York buying trip. We’ll be adding quite a few interesting brands for FW13. Here’s a little preview of what’s coming.

The M5 Showroom is an all day meeting for us with many brands to go through. One of the new ones we’ll be picking up is Ts(s) from Japan. Here’s Cam convincing us to order Hunting Jacket. He doesn’t have to try to hard..

We were able to take another look at next season’s Ten c. Here is a new model: the Storm Parka. I don’t like to use this term too often, but.. POW! Insta-copped.

Another new luggage based brand, Briefing. Travel functionally and stylish with this carry-on!

Herno Laminar has become a favourite at the shop and it is looking strong for next season.

Now on to the part you’ve been waiting for. Food recommendations! A quick walk through central park takes us to Jean Georges. Normally, this 3-star Michelan restaurant is pretty pricey. But go for brunch and you can get the damn good meal for just 40 USD.

Get the grape juice. Trust me. It’s something ridiculous like $15 a glass but gat dayum if it ain’t refreshing!

A new place that I completely recommend for lunch or dinner is Flex Mussels.

Get the donuts for dessert.

And lastly, if you find yourself around this travelling food truck in New York, do yourself a favor and get a waffel. Waffel and Dinges. It’s hard to catch, so don’t miss it if you see it.

That’s all for now. Photos from Tokyo travels soon!


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Buyer’s Log: New York Men’s FW13 Buying Trip

I’m just now realizing how long and extensive of a trip our FW13 buying tour was. I find myself sitting here on a layover in San Francisco on my way to Tokyo for a couple exhibitions this week and trying to find free moments to catch up on blogging from January! So, apologies for the delay! Now on to the photos..

There are a few (capsule) trade shows that happen around the world, but the New York one is probably the busiest I’ve found. Walking that show floor can get a bit intense. One of the interesting things I’ve noticed is that the New York (capsule) can be used as a sort of rough measure of incoming (and soon to be outgoing) fashion trends. ie. Menswear is the new streetwear!

We stopped by to say hi to Doug and Kenta from Reigning Champ. Their booth was packed so we didn’t stick around.

We did head over to the booth next door though. Yuketan! Look for it dropping at our shops very soon (this spring), here’s Arthur showing another one for next Fall.

After the (capsule) craziness, we took a stroll to the Maiden Noir show suite.

Arthur and I taking a much needed text and food break at Katz’ Deli.

Get the pastrami sandwich. Don’t bother with anything else on the menu.

Ride the train!…all the way to the LVC showroom.

Battery showroom to meet with John and check out Post Overalls.

Another new brand coming in for FW13 is Kapital. Artisan crafted in Okayama Japan and very detailed. We think you guys will dig it.

Can’t forget about Shake Shack! No seriously, if you haven’t had one of their Shack Stack burgers you are missing out.

On to the ACE hotel to see the boys at CYC (wings + horns / Reigning Champ). The boardroom was busy with a few meetings going on at once.

Hey Dave!

Hey Kenta!

Part 2 of New York coming soon (or whenever I get another free moment).




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