Kahnert Furs and Outerwear
2078 Avenue Rd 416 781 8472 kahnerts.ca
Year established? 1957
Why Avenue Rd? My father opened up here, so I didn’t have to make that decision!
What inspires you to keep working in your field? My wife and kids! It’s a niche business, there aren’t many like it in Toronto now.
What’s your fave thing about Avenue Rd? It’s a very diverse mix of businesses. It’s community oriented and is situated in one the best residential areas in the GTA. It attracts the type of customer and demographic that we require.
What makes your business unique? It’s a four-generation family business. My brother and I have both been here for over 33 years, and my father before us, and then grandfathers and theirs before.
What does your business do best? We have three product categories: furs, shearlings (lambskin), and a Canadian wool coat collection with and without fur trim. These products can be hard to find in a selection like the one we offer.
Top selling items? Shearling jackets, often ¾ length.
Coolest customer ever? Donald Sutherland and his wife came in, looking for a knit-sheared beaver product by Canadian designer Paula Lishman. They knew we carried the product so they came and bought a few things. He was very friendly, normal. Not arrogant or anything like that.