Trend Hunter recently took a trip to the first Simons store in Ontario to talk to Peter Simons, the President and CEO of La Maison Simons, about innovation and what sets this iconic Canadian retailer apart.
The retail company was originally founded in Québec City in 1840, making it the oldest privately owned family-run retailer in the country. Tremendous success in the fashion business for well over a century is a testament to Simons' ability to adapt during times of change.
Others who want to learn from this inspiring company should take note of what Peter Simons says: "It's an exciting time, but you have to be ready to change. You have to be ready to move forward and question everything every single day." Peter Simons also notes that it's essential to look for innovation in unexpected places such as the arts, food and across cultures.