It all started thousands of years ago, as indigenous communities, isolated and only residents of Canada, were putting in place what was to become one the most important Canadian industries: fur trade and leather tanning.
At the onset, Amerindians (Inuit) would barter between local communities. One group could specialize in fishing and the other in fur and easily exchange goods.
This process was repeated, and in 1534, with the arrival of European explorers under the influence of Jacques Cartier, the fur trade became a true economic resource and an important leverage for Canada’s development. Working hand in hand, the Inuit and French contributed to the development and settlement of Canada.
A UNIQUE KNOW-HOW
Sly & Co has constructed and enriched a matrix of styles, applied to a wide array of rich leather materials. The result is an authentic range of locally designed products that together, contribute to the creation of our brand.
The company’s philosophy, constant innovation, refined design and a commitment to outstanding quality, like its products, make our unique style. Like good products, leathers get better with age, more supple, a real extension of their owner’s unique personality. Whether it is lightweight travel gear, discreetly elegant jackets, four-season outerwear, Sly & Co approaches every product with the same passion and love that results in the ultimate stylish product.
Sly & Co is constantly sourcing quality raw materials around the world. Whether it’s full grain leather or high-tech fabrics, our criteria for selecting our materials are simple but strong: innovation, authenticity and the best quality.
MONTRÉAL, THE FASHION INDUSTRY’S NORTH-AMERICAN CAPITAL
One thing leading to another, Montréal lays its foundation and integrates more than ever the clothing industry to its growth. In the 1970s, it is a key actor and is home to tens of thousands of people working in the textile industry.
Drawing on this precious history, Sylvain Roy decides to create Sly & Co in Montréal in the 1980s. True reflection of this Canadian heritage, the group draws a bridge between the Inuit roots and the European culture.
Sylvain has been working with leather and dresses fur coats by creating two distinct brands, one specializing in the production of leather coats and jackets and the other in the creation of fur-trimmed down coats.
A CREATIVE FOUNDER DRIVEN BY 38 YEARS OF PASSION
The Sly & Co group was founded in 2006 by Sylvain Roy. Emblematic figure of Montréal, Sylvain is recognized for the innovation, design and quality of his products. He has been in the leather business for more than 35 years and has known a dazzling success from his early beginnings.
Prestigious clients accumulate, and large groups have complete trust in him (Aldo, Simons, Ogilvy, etc.). With the two deployed brands (Ookpik and Sly & Co), the group is firmly rooted. Based in its Montréal 22,000 ft2 head office, the company has no less than 450 outlets in Canada, the United States, Europe and Korea.
For 35 years, the Sly & Co brand has been offering collections of men and women’s jackets. From the perfecto to iconic pieces such as the bomber jacket, Sly & Co revisits the basics with leather of exceptional quality. We stand by our trustworthy and authentic expertise.
After years of success in leather Sylvain decided to launch Ookpik (that stands for snowy owl in Inuktitut, emblem of Quebec), that offers down coats and parkas at a crossroads between great outdoors and urban fashion.
The brand draws on its Canadian heritage to unleash the very essence of the Inuit parka, absolute warmth.
Meaning snowy owl in Inuktitut, Ookpik reinterprets the northern parka codes by drawing on the elegance and curve minimalism of the snowy owl. Ookpik creates a link between trend and technicality, with coats and jackets for all seasons, thought out and designed in Montréal.