A Family Affair
Few families can boast a successful business that spans three generations. Not to mention that few boutiques can claim they have operated out of the same location for over 75 years. In 1927, Wolf (Willi) Waxman opened for business at 4605 Avenue du Parc shortly after arriving from Lodz in Poland. His shop’s specialty was wedding dresses and evening gowns. Word spread quickly about Waxman’s great talent for tailoring, and it wasn’t long before the bourgeoisie of Montreal was lining up to admire his creations. Even the nieces of Quebec Premier Maurice Duplessis were to become loyal customers.
It was Waxman’s 14-year-old son Hershie who began to slowly steer the shop towards making and renting tuxedos. The untimely passing of Wolf Waxman in 1960 marked a definite turning point for the clothier: from then on, Waxman would specialize in full evening dress.
Though the founder’s grandson William P. Waxman has brought a youthful perspective to the business, he always stays in touch with the traditions laid down by his predecessors. In 1998, he completely renovated the ancestral home of the family business, turning it into a veritable showpiece that won the grand prize in the 1999-2000 Commerce Design Montreal. And brought the shop unprecedented media coverage. Today Waxman stands poised to take things to the next level by introducing an exclusive made-to-measure service. William P. Waxman’s constant drive to take on new challenges proves beyond a doubt that he inherited his family’s business savvy.