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“We strive to elevate the work of creative counterparts in our overlapping industries while creating a reliable set of seasonless, genderless, and essential products that perfects everyone’s wardrobe.”

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Garret “GMAN” Louie has been a fixture in the Vancouver music, fashion and skateboarding industry for more than 25 years.

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The owner of Fortune Sound Club, Livestock and Timebomb Trading Inc., Louie has an insider’s view of what’s happening in art, design and fashion.

And much of that insider’s perspective come through in his brand Taikan. The accessories company recently expanded into apparel with a line of pieces that are billed as ” seasonless, genderless, and essential,” according to Louie.

We caught up with the founder to learn more.

Q. For those who aren’t familiar, what is TAIKAN?

A. TAIKAN is an apparel and bag brand that creates minimalist, quality products at an attainable price point. TAIKAN’s brand ethos is all about working with our creative friends and collaborators whether they’re into photography, music, design, art or skateboarding and showcasing their talents through our brand. We strive to elevate the work of creative counterparts in our overlapping industries while creating a reliable set of seasonless, genderless, and essential products that perfects everyone’s wardrobe.

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Q. What makes it unique? 

A. We try to do things a little different and get a little weird with it. We put a lot of culture into the back end of this brand and our entire team is made up of people who value creativity over all. For example, we frequently produce editorial content in collaboration with artists of all media called TAIKAN By Editorials. The idea behind these is to allow our creators to grab hold of our products and see the brand through their own lens to generate a completely unique result rather than dictating it for them. This provides us with countless unique renditions of our brand that highlights its versatility and accessibility to all audiences and interests.

Q. Who is the target customer? 

A. Really we are so clean that anybody can wear our brand. We are inclusive and gender neutral, and we aim to fit into all closets regardless of style. That said, the streetwear scene is certainly seeing a motion towards less interest in loud, branded material that speak for the wearer. The focus is shifting toward minimal, unbranded, quality pieces.

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Q. What made this the right time to launch an apparel collection? 

A. The short answer is COVID-19. We just were able to put in the time to make this happen and it’s something we had thought about from day one as our previous experiences have been in the world of apparel. With that in mind, the combined experience of our team as well as a perfect window in the industry created the opportunity to give it a shot, and we are thrilled to keep pushing it along.

Q. What can people expect to find within the collection? 

A. Your absolute favourite hoodie, T-shirt, pants, fleece, etc. We are really working on perfecting the nicest fits, colours and styling to give the best quality for the price. The brand creates a variety of pieces that can shine on their own and be curated together as well as last a long time in your wardrobe to wear for years to come.

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Q. Is there a ‘hero’ piece in the collection? 

A. I personally really dig our Hand Dip Dyed Hoodies that are on some heavyweight custom-made fleece. The gradient design is pretty unique yet also not too flashy, and the quality is what drives it home. While sometimes it may feel like any hoodie will do the trick, this one gives that concept a run for its money.

Q. What is the price range for the new TAIKAN apparel range? 

A. $40 to $99 for tops, under $100 for bottoms and bags range from $25 to $125.

Q. Lastly, where can people check it out? 

A. You can support your favourite local brick and mortar shop in Vancouver like Corner Store, Sneakerbox/J2, Dipt, or shop online at Taikaneverything.com .

Aharris@postmedia.com

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