The shareholder's background
in noble fibers prompted the creation of our import and
wholesale division Nando Sweaters Inc. in March 1989. The
success in marketing our Alpaca line defined further our
area of specialization. The operation was then expanded
to the design and manufacturing of our knitted garments,
with emphasis on Hand knitted sweaters. The designs were
a direct inspiration of Canada’s beauty and culture.
As our selected wholesale customers reaffirmed their success
in our lines, we determined that in order to establish a
complete concept and therefore maximize the marketability
and profitability, we had to be the actual retailers. We
then pursued the search of an ideal location in Banff, one
of the best markets we were supplying. Jacques Cartier Clothier
Inc. was opened in February 1995.
Our pursuit of product excellence continued by introducing
all the noble fibers to our collection of sweaters, namely
Cashmere, Camel, Mohair, Angora, Silk, Merino and Fine Cotton.
It was at this time that we became aware of the existence
of Qiviuk, the inner down of the Canadian Arctic Muskox,
without a doubt one of the finest fibers ever and our flagship
fibre. In early 1997 a selection process was initiated by
The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation to find a company that
would undertake the production and manufacturing of this
precious fiber professionally.
Earlier attempts were utterly unsuccessful. In September
1997 we signed a contract for the purchase, processing and
marketing of this precious fiber. We have developed this
fine fiber into top quality yarn, knitted and woven products.
We currently supply customers in Canada, USA, Japan and
Europe. Our first Qiviuk Boutique was opened in April 1999
at the Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta. Once again we were
able to portray an ideal setting and selection for our garments
made of this beautiful Canadian Fiber. Historically this
is the first time ever such an achievement has occurred.
Our garments are now worn by heads of state and celebrities,
such as the Queen of England and Canada, Francis Ford Coppola
and Sara Jessica Parker.