Kah­n­ert Furs and Outerwear

2078 Av­enue Rd 416 781 8472 kah­n­erts.ca

Annex Post - - MEET THE STREET - John & Dan Kah­n­ert Own­ers

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.

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