In a retail landscape where fashion trends come and go, and brick and mortar shops have a tough time staying open, it’s refreshing to see one homegrown brand mark its centennial.
Ingledew’s Shoes, which launched in Vancouver in 1915, will celebrate its 100th anniversary on March 26. The family-owned company, which operates six locations across B.C., marks the occasion with a new flagship store at 900 West Hastings Street.
“We feel fortunate to have achieved the longevity of success that we have and look forward to the next 100 years,” Bill Ingledew, third-generation CEO of Ingledew’s Shoes, stated in a news release. “While we intend to stay true to our roots in terms of our unwavering commitment to fit and selection, we are excited to explore opportunities to attract the next generation of customers.”
The new location, which opened in early March, was previously occupied by Chanel. The expansive new store gives Ingledew’s more room to display their selection of men’s and women’s shoes.
While the company carries an assortment of dressy and casual brands—including Stuart Weitzman, Hispanitas, Cole Haan, Rockport, Clarks, Sperry, and Timberland—their main focus is helping customers find the right fit. Women’s shoe sizes range from 4 to 11 while men’s footwear is available in 6 to 16, and styles come in several widths.
To celebrate the store launch and anniversary, customers are invited to enter to win a $1,000 shopping spree at the new flagship location until the end of March.