Wayne and Jay MacDermott moved to Kelowna in 1994 with the lifelong dream of opening their own men’s clothing store. Wayne had been in the clothing business since 1974 and was ready for the big show. That dream became a reality in April of 1995.
In 2005 MacDermott’s underwent a major renovation adding over 2000 square feet of retail space. With this addition came the extra space needed to start carrying a full range of shoes and boots. Also included was the Tommy Bahama shop-in-shop. Now carrying both men’s and ladies’ fashions, it was the only store of its kind in North America.
2012 was another milestone year for MacDermott’s. Brice MacDermott joined the family business as General Manager in February then opened a second store, MacD’s Lakeside in May. MacD’s Lakeside is Kelowna’s destination for casual wear and the new home for an expanded selection of men’s and ladies’ Tommy Bahama. With the relocation of Tommy Bahama from MacDermott’s, there became space for the unique Robert Graham shop-in-shop and Wayne’s personal man-cave.
MacDermott’s continues to evolve. MacD’s Lakeside operates as an outlet store through the winter months giving Kelowna premium brands at outlet pricing. There’s also a new guy in town – John Varvatos. It’s the newest shop-in-shop in MacDermott’s and captures the essence of rock and roll fashion. With Brice’s wife Lindsay a part of the team now too, MacDermott’s is a family business more than ever.
The stylish men of Kelowna have come to trust the staff at MacDermott’s and when Wayne says “This is for you, you’re buying it”, you listen. With almost 40 years of experience in the men’s wear business, it’s fair to say… he really knows his stuff.
Since moving to Kelowna, Wayne and Jay have never looked back. MacDermott’s celebrated 15 great years in 2010.