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Canadian Style Icons: Umbra's Paul Rowan

Daniel Eckler | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Style
Daniel Eckler

Necessity is the mother of invention, as the expression goes, and Paul Rowan's story attests to that. Born and raised in Toronto, Rowan graduated from George Brown in 1974 with a degree in graphic design. As a young man, trying to decorate a new apartment, he couldn't find any blinds that he liked. So he made is own. Rowan teamed up with a friend, Les Mandelbaum, and together they founded Umbra.

These Brands Offer the Best Retail Experience

Jon Packer | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada Business
Jon Packer

Retailers in Canada and the U.S. eked out modest gains this season in part because shoppers are bored. To reignite retail in this country, we need a product design revolution. Take a quick look at who's winning in retail and it becomes clear that product design and the retail environment play a very big part.