A few weeks ago, I had a chance to sit down with the folks behind a few of the coolest new designers, designers, and brands at Goodwill Designer Stores.
These are the people behind stores like the new designer stores in Vancouver and Vancouver Design Week, where designers, artists, and designers are selling their work.
We spoke to a handful of them, and you can read the full conversation here.
The conversation is a fascinating look at how design stores have evolved since 2012, and the people who run them.
You can read more about Goodwill Design Stores here.
Goodwill Designer Store Vancouver and Design Week: How does it work?
What are the challenges of being an active designer?
We’re trying to create something that makes people feel good.
We have a bunch of really good people here.
We’re looking to connect with the people that are passionate about their work, that really care about what they’re doing.
We don’t want to just make a great product, we want to make something people can really look forward to.
How do you find people?
Goodwill stores are really open.
They’re like coffee shops, they’re really social.
You have to be in good shape to make an appointment.
How did you find the best talent to run these stores?
Goodwill is a really cool brand, and we have really talented people who have been here for a long time.
We started with a few designers who were just coming out of design school and then started building relationships.
We’ve had a lot of really talented designers come in and we’ve worked really hard to keep them happy, to get them to become part of our team.
What are some of the most interesting and interesting stores around Vancouver right now?
I think we’re seeing a lot more artists, a lot better talent in this area, so I think that there’s definitely a good vibe to it.
Why are you excited about designing in Vancouver?
I’m really excited about it.
I’m really glad that Goodwill is expanding.
I know there’s a lot going on, so we’re kind of trying to find out what’s new and what’s in the works and see what we can do together.
We also have a lot to learn from the people in New York, and so it’s really exciting to see how this city has evolved, so it kind of feels like a second home for us.
Do you see yourself designing at Goodwills in the future?
I really want to design in Vancouver.
I’ve always been passionate about the Vancouver community.
It’s really important to me to create the best possible experience for people and it’s a real pleasure to come here and work with some of these incredible people.
What would you like to see Goodwill do with its brand?
I would like to create a really positive and inspiring atmosphere, so people can feel safe to come to our store, that we can be really welcoming to people and that they can feel good about their choices.
What are your thoughts on Vancouver’s new mayor?
I think he’s doing a great job.
He’s making sure that Vancouver has a really high standard of living.
I think he wants to be a positive and progressive mayor.
Who do you think should lead the city of Vancouver?
I’m definitely excited about what we’re doing and I hope that he can continue to make a positive impact in the city.
I hope the city can have a strong and positive future.
If elected, what would you do to ensure that Goodwill keeps up with the times?
We need to have good policies in place to make sure that we keep up with these changing times.
I don’t think that the current leadership is doing enough to really ensure that the stores are welcoming to all people and to make them feel good, so that’s what I would really like to focus on.
How would you evaluate the quality of the design at Goodworth Designer Stores?
We really like our stores.
I definitely feel that our store is really cool and we like the design.
I can definitely see where it’s going to be an asset to the city and I’m sure they are excited about that.
I wouldn’t say that we’ve done anything to make our store better, but I think the stores have done a great enough job in the past.
Do you think you’ll see any changes to Goodwill’s retail model in the next few years?
I’m not sure.
I feel like there’s always a lot that we have to learn about how to better service our customers, but there’s no way that I would change my approach.
The Goodwill Store Vancouver has been open since 2012 and is currently undergoing renovations, but they will open in a new location next year.