When Louis and Julia Markowitz opened the first DAVIDS in 1951 they didn’t just join Canada’s luxury shoe category – they created it. The first domestic retailer to work directly with Europe’s finest fashion houses, they were driven by one simple pursuit: to find the most beautiful styles from the world’s top designers and bring them to the Canadian market.
Six decades later DAVIDS still sets the standard for luxury footwear, handbags and accessories in Canada. DAVIDS is renowned for debuting emerging international trends and designers, and for maintaining deep ties with the world’s most iconic brands. With five retail locations across Ontario, DAVIDS Footwear has cemented itself as an icon of Canadian fashion retail.
Growth and Expansion
In November 2017, DAVIDS entered into a partnership with Harry Rosen, Canada’s leading quality menswear & footwear retailer, to operate and expand DAVIDS Footwear stores. This transactions brings together two of Canada’s most iconic retail families - the Rosens and the Markowitzes. Richard Markowitz, the grandson of DAVIDS founders Louis and Julia Markowitz, will occupy the role of DAVIDS’ President and COO in the new venture, with Larry Rosen as Chief Executive Officer.
Both companies share a similar legacy of offering world-class product and exceptional service. The intention of the partnership is to help DAVIDS grow into a national chain that provides a compelling point of difference to the department stores.