With a store in Edmonton and a store in Vancouver, HAVEN have really blossomed as a retailer of late. With a defining balance of Western labels and those from Japan, with the likes of illustrious SOPHNET., Neighborhood and the likes the store is a must visit. I caught up with Arthur Chmielewski recently to get a better understanding for the man behind the retail space, enjoy.

SLAMXHYPE / What’s your favourite thing about where you live?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / Vancouver is an amazing city. I’m really into snowboarding so having mountains like Whistler, Cypress and Seymour just minutes away is cool. There’s beaches and the ocean are also on our doorstep so theirs lots of things to do all year around. The people are really friendly, and the culture is diverse and the food is awesome.

SLAMXHYPE / Your favourite store in your city?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / Haven of course! Honestly I don’t visit too many other stores in the city other than the shop, Chapters book store and the grocery store. There are lots of shops in the gastown area popping up now so it’s developing a nice community feel though.

SLAMXHYPE / What are three items you don’t leave home without?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / Wallet, iPhone, Keys.  I usually do a pat down every time I leave my place, if those aren’t there something’s wrong.

SLAMXHYPE / What’s your favourite holiday location?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / Vietnam!  This past summer I had a chance to travel south Vietnam and I loved it. I plan to go back in the future and hopefully check out the northern regions

SLAMXHYPE / One place you really desire to visit?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / Egypt would be cool.

SLAMXHYPE / What are the worst trends around today?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / I don’t know if it’s the worst trend, but the way that everyone is starting to look like clones is starting to get real boring. Not much individuality in the way people dress these days and people aren’t taking too many risks on trying new things.

SLAMXHYPE / What’s the best thing to come out in 2011 to date?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / White Mountaineering has been really strong for awhile now but I think this year they are really setting themselves at the top of the ladder among brands coming out of Japan. Every collection gets more and more impressive.

SLAMXHYPE / What’s the must have item for you for FW2011?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / It’s our 5 year anniversary this year.  We have a big lineup of projects and collaborations that are coming out that I’m looking forward to. Outside of the shop, probably the iPhone 5.

SLAMXHYPE / What are you reading?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / No time to read at the moment but I always have magazines and things like that laying around that I skim through.

SLAMXHYPE / What are you listening to?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / The Weekend – House of Balloons has been getting lots plays for awhile now.

SLAMXHYPE / What’s the best film you have seen in the last year?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / Nothing really sticks out as a must see, but I did watch Bridesmaids last week with my girlfriend and for a chick flick it was pretty hilarious.

SLAMXHYPE / Your favourite website?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / I gotta say….www.havenshop.ca

SLAMXHYPE / What influences you on a daily basis?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / Travelling and discovering new things, meeting new people and wanting to constantly improve.

SLAMXHYPE / What will you do after this interview?

ARTHUR CHNIELEWSKI / Get back to work and send some more emails.