The Granville St John Fluevog is proudly the oldest of all existing Fluevog stores and has been providing footwear for the people of Vancouver since 1970.
First off, tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in the industry.
My name is Patrick Davidson and I am the manager of the John Fluevog shoe store on Granville street. I was born and raised in Edmonton Alberta and went to the University of Alberta, studying Earth and Atmospheric Science. After that, I studied Public Relations at Grant MacEwan University. Eight years ago, I had enough of the cold weather and decided to move to this beautiful city! I also have family and friends in Vancouver, so it made it a lot easier for me to make the move. How did I end up in retail, you might ask? I’ve always had an interest in fashion. After years of the corporate life, why not? I had always kept a part-time job in retail while living here in Vancouver and finally decided to take the plunge and make it my full-time job just over a year ago.
Tell us about your store and the John Fluevog brand.
The Granville store is located in the heart of the Granville Street entertainment and shopping district. John Fluevog Shoes has been serving the good Fluevogers of Vancouver since 1970. As one of the first Fox & Fluevog stores, JF Shoes Granville is proudly the oldest of all the existing Fluevog stores and has showcased many rock stars who have played the Commodore across the street. Come in and experience the history of John Fluevog!
Why is Granville Street a good fit for a John Fluevog store?
The energy on Granville street is synonymous with the design of our shoes! We are ever-changing and creating shoes that are ahead of the times. You don’t see our shoes on the masses and that’s what I love about our unique product. What I love about our customers is that they range from rockers to symphony attendees and everything in between. You’d be surprised, but we have a style for everyone! We have a really loyal following here at the Granville store and people make it a point to stop in before a concert for their next memorable shoe! It goes hand in hand! We like to think we’re saving lives here with our shoes.
What is next for the Fluevog empire? Any exciting sales or announcements?
Over the last several years John Fluevog shoes have been slowly expanding across Canada and the US and now we’ve recently opened our newest store in Amsterdam! What I’m most proud of is working for such an inspiring local company that started right here in Vancouver. John’s passion for art and business is shown in his ability to create unique soles for unique souls and has stood the test of time as he’s been making shoes since 1970. Our design studio is located at our Gastown location and you’ll still see John Fluevog riding his bike into the store there. We have been featured recently in Vogue and Opening Ceremony and many famous people wear our shoes such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Alice Cooper. We are currently in the midst of our “John Fluevog thinks you’re Awesome” sale…so why don’t you come by and snag yourself a pair.
Visit the John Fluevog store on 837 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K7