When thinking of bitter cold winters most Canadians acknowledge that Calgary is of the coldest places you can be during the winter. It’s during these awfully cold months that the average person will give up on any attempt to dress well as all they want to do is wear sweater on top of sweater on top of flannel onesie. North American Quality Purveyors promote otherwise. They’ve got everything you need to look good and keep warm during an Alberta snow storm. We talked to Kyle Van Der Velden in continuation of our Shop Featurette blog series.
OSC CROSS: Who is your customer?
Kyle: Our customers are mostly men (but certainly not exclusively so). For the most part, they are looking for something that not only has great lasting style, but also the lasting quality. We’re seeing a lot of socially aware folks who appreciate that buying North American has intrinsic merits like job creation, economy boosting, environmental benefits and so forth. And some just like the unique mix of brands we have to offer at NAQP.
OSC CROSS: Which is your favourite OSC Cross jacket?
Kyle: I love navy blues, so my natural inkling would be to say Seaboard is the best [colour], but I’m gonna go away from my norm and say the Pine Whitehorse jacket. It’s so incredibly warm, well-fitting and there is so much attention to detail put into it, then the army-ish green is just a perfect deviation from what most down jackets look like nowadays.
OSC CROSS: When you were 8, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Kyle: I’m gonna guess that I most likely still wanted to be a member of the X-Men. I also definitely wanted to be married to my 3rd grade teacher, Mme Price. I was shooting for the stars.
OSC CROSS: What do you miss the most?
Kyle: I’d say it’s gotta be having my own dog. Currently it’s just not in the cards and my mom moved away with our family dog, so I’m forced to ogle other people’s pooches from afar.
OSC CROSS: What is your favourite type of pie?
Kyle: Key lime pie is my absolute favourite, but honourable mentions must go out to Pumpkin and Mud pies.
OSC CROSS: What is your favourite non-social media website?
Kyle: The website I most consistently use is IMDb. Useless movie and TV information is King! I don’t know if Tumblr is considered social media, but MY GOD that is also an addictive time spiral in which to get caught up.
OSC CROSS: What is the most awkward moment of your romantic history?
Kyle: Let’s just say it involved a near death brush with a young cheetah, an entire leg of lamb, much too much booze, and kissing dizzily on a dirt floor out of pure necessity. The rest I’ll leave up to your imaginations.
OSC CROSS: Who is your favourite on-hit wonder of the last twenty years?
Kyle: I’m hoping you’ll allow me one extra year, so I can say it was Canada’s own reggae superstar, Snow! I was given the cassette of his 1992 album, 12 inches of snow (Including the hit song “Informer”), for my 8th birthday. As you may be able to tell, I was very cool back then.
OSC CROSS: What is your opinion of Canadian fashion?
Kyle: I think we’re seeing a lot of great stuff coming out of Canada. Young designers, new variations of old classics. I’m noticing a lot of well-made Canadian clothing and accessories that are making big splashes in markets in North America and abroad. The more people trying to get themselves in the game or try something new in Canadian fashion can only help the community grow further.
OSC CROSS: If you were a farmer, what would you grow?
Kyle: I’d grow robust leafy greens like Kale, Broccoli and the likes and I would 100% raise pigs. They’re hilarious and delicious.
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Everyone in Calgary should step foot into this store.