10 Minutes with... Get to know a different industry professional every week!
Q. Your favorite shopping city ?
Ilan: London, England. Its never-ending and really diversified. They always seem to create their own lane or a sense of fashion independence and retail independence.
Q. Your favorite store ?
Ilan: If I were to go online right now, I would be going to NRML.CA, but because Ive never really been to Ottawa, I would say that from an overall retail experience and general assortment, Fred Segal are really unique in terms of their retail landscape and individual departments, I think they have catered to a wide audience over the years. They have a variety of basics as well as an extensive denim assortment and a history dating back to the 60s.
Q. Your first sneaker memory growing up?
Ilan: I had travelled to Toronto from Johannesburg in 92 for the first time and my father purchased me a pair of Air Flight Lite 2 - 92 from Foot Locker at Eaton Centre, Scottie Pippen was wearing them at the time and I had thought that they were the greatest thing to ever happen to footwear at the time. The following year I got a pair of Air Force Max 93 CB form my uncle and they quickly became my favourites, loved the air bag!
Q. What brands are you wearing these days?
Ilan: I really keep it basic, anything from tech fleece day to day or Uniqlo Basics as well Arc Teryx throughout the winter.
Q. What are you currently reading?
Ilan: I started the Alex Ferguson (Former Manager of Manchester United) Auto Biography and completely abandoned it up until recently but have been meaning to pick it back up.
Q. Which music artists you feeling as of late?
Ilan: James Blake is on rotation, Starboy never gets old and as of lately I have also been listening to Nas, It was Written.
Q. Where’s your next travel to?
Ilan: I am supposed to travel to LA on March 24th to see the Lakers at the Staples Centre.
Q. What does a perfect start to your day look like?
Ilan: Up at 5 AM in the gym, if I sleep in past 6/6:30, my days usually just arent not the same.
Name: Ilan Friedman
Work Title: Managing Partner - Ewing Athletics / Chalk Line Apparel / Salem Sportswear
Current City: Toronto