Industry Professionals: Owners Megan Stokke and Angela Kantanto

Megan Stokke and Angela Kantanto opened the Industry in 2006 when they sensed Seattle could use a specialty shop that didn’t err on the side of professional work wear or outdoor performance fleece. And who knows better what looks good on twenty-something guys than a couple of twenty-something girls?

WWW : What’s your personal spin on the ubiquitous “How can I help you?” question?
Stokke and Katanto: We really try to make friends rather than customers at the Industry… we want to give our guys the best experience possible at our store.

What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
With fall quickly approaching we’re most excited about our jackets, especially this light-weight, water resistant, nylon bomber style from Carapace that’s perfect for Seattle’s rainy weather.

Where do you shop when you’re not at your store?
We’re girls who love our accessories!! It’s amazing how the right necklace or fantastic pair of shoes can really transform an outfit and make it unique. We especially love Kimberly Baker jewelry and Lambs Ear: for shoes.

What specific store or type of store do you feel is missing from Seattle’s shopping scene?
Ever since Gems closed last year there is a significant lack of quality men’s shoe stores in Seattle. We’d love to see another one pop up soon!! And it would be great if it was close to us.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in your store?
Luckily we haven’t had many weird things happen at the shop… yet! Our customers are the best in Seattle and make our job incredibly fun, especially when we get cool visitors like Bill from Band of Horses who stopped by after performing at Sasquatch. He was a great sport and let us be super cheesy fans obliging us with a photo.

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