Q&A With Kildare Curtis Of Eugene Choo
This is the 39th interview of what will eventually amount to 500 profiles of people who have made life in BC that much more interesting. At the rate we’re going it’ll take three years, at which time we’ll probably just start shooting for 1,000.
Once or twice a week Scout poses 60 questions to a different individual. They pick and choose which ones they’d prefer to answer, with a minimum response rate of 20. It’s some sort of Rorschach test, for sure…
A talent for creating elaborate produce displays together with his mom’s painting and textile work informed Kildare’s love of design at an early age. His four older sibling’s hand-me-down clothes and comedy albums and winter nights spent at the library watching old movies probably helped as well. After a move to the west coast and stints at design firms such as Inform Interiors and Bocci (and many years as a dealer in vintage clothing) Kildare founded Eugene Choo Clothing with his younger sister Fiona in 2000. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife Jennifer. His daughters Roan and Ruby often help out at the store, lacing up shoes and folding ties.
Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: Fraser and 11th.
1.The location (I know that’s a cliché but its very central).
2. The diversity of people.
3. China Creek Park (my old school skate spot with a great new playground for my kids.)
Favourite wine varietal: All! Life is too short to pick favourites.
Cheap place for dinner: Green Lettuce. Vikram Vij introduced me to this reasonably priced gastronomic wonder (Chinese/Indian) and my taste buds haven’t looked back.
Book you’re reading: The Man Game by Lee Henderson. A great novel set in the formative days of Vancouver.
Last place traveled : New York City for buying.
Biggest fear: Losing my kids.
Your ancestry: Mom and Dad are Dubliners.
Under what circumstances would you join the army: There’s a game I like to play with people called Tim Horton’s or Army and you have to pick just one if those were your only 2 choices for employment.
So that being said I’d choose Army over Tim’s.
Favourite Vancouver restaurant: Vij’s or Grub.
What are you proud of: My Family and my business
Saddest thing about Vancouver: East Hastings St. or Robson St.
View from your favourite window: It’s out the front of my store when the cherry blossoms are blooming. It is pristine.
Food your mom makes better than anyone: Just about anything: she was trained by a Cordon Bleu chef and has cooked for at least 7 people her entire life. If she invites you over for dinner you best say yes.
Talent you wish you possessed: To be able to Breakdance.
The scariest situation you’ve ever been in: Held captive at gun point in Bulgaria.
First memory: Sliding off the roof of a Quonset hut in the Canadian Arctic.
Default junk food of choice: Doritos Cool Ranch or a Payday bar.
The career path you considered but never followed: Chef.
Favourite book as a child: Gulliver’s Travels.
Most beautiful body of water you can recall: Canoeing with my Mother and Brother on Emerald Lake.