About

Kent Street Apparel is a small and independent gentlemen’s apparel shop.

We work hard to curate a style that is: classic, timeless, and forward thinking.

Our purpose is to charm and to inspire.

Kent Street Apparel is based in Vancouver, Canada.
Our Name

On October 20th, 1847 Henry Wain left port in Kent, England on the Norman Morison ship. After a five month journey around Cape Horn Mr. Wain arrived in Victoria, Canada -- ready to start a new life as a carpenter.

As an early settler and tradesman he helped build schools, hospitals and the iconic bastion on Nanaimo’s waterfront. He learned
Kwak̓wala, the local language of the indigenous first nation people. In 1850 he returned to England to marry the love of his life, Sarah. Together, they returned to Vancouver Island in 1851 to start a family.
Such was the story of many early immigrants; one of hope, sacrifice, and hard work.
Henry Wain is a distant relative who I only know through the family archives. His story, and many like it, serve a powerful reminder of all those who came before us -- including the first nation people of the unceded Coast Salish Territory. 
When we conceived the ethos of this small men's apparel shop I knew history, tradition, and a sense of connection should form a strong basis. When we started to visualize a setting that would befit the feel a charming old English town is what came to mind. We envisioned a cobbled street, a bespoke tailor shop, street lights lit by a lamplighter, a small pub, neighbours who stop and wish each other well, and toys in store windows.

We gave this nostalgic place the name Kent Street after the county where it all began for the Wain-Lewis family.


Glyn Lewis
Founder & Shopkeeper
Kent Street Apparel
Shop@KentStreetApparel.co