Did you know that every single leather Roots item is made in Canada, and to be more specific in Toronto? Quite literally across the street from Yorkdale mall. I got to go check out the factory on a guided tour with the negative gravity shoe man himself, Karl Kowalewski. He’s dressed Elton John, Pope John Paul and even Riri!
Roots as far as Canadiana is concerned is legendary. Yet, in true Canadian fashion was started by two Americans (we do have the hardest time piping up). Growing up everyone wore their cottage sweats with the iconic beaver, or the varsity jacket or a bag (or two or three). I remember my mom always carried their black pebble cross body half bucket and kept buying it for years. It was a real Canuck fashion moment for me to get to walk through the factory with Karl and hear some juicy tidbits about the last 40 years of business.
But really it’s all about the product and the craftsmanship and love that’s put into each piece. Their leather warehouse left me drooling with the finest skins from Italy dyed, hand worked and treated to last you for years. I even spotted Tyler French’s new creation released last week in collaboration with Chatelaine and it’s a beaut!
So Roots, here’s to another 40!
(Click through the slideshow above to see inside the Roots factory!)