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John Fluevog Distillery


February 18, 2013 - John Fluevog Shoes

In 1832, John Fluevog's distant relative (far removed on his mother's friend's side) William Gooderham and friend James Worts opened a whiskey distillery on the location of their already successful Grist Mill on Toronto's banks of Lake Ontario. Being in a prime shipping position on both the lake and adjacent to The Canadian National Railway mainline, Gooderham & Worts became the largest distillery in the World by 1860, producing over 2 million gallons a year of Canadian Rye Whisky.

After weathering the Ontario Temperance Movement and US Prohibition, Gooderham & Worts remained North America's leading producers of rye whisky, until selling the company in 1923 to a rival company that remained in the location until the 1990s.


John Fluevog Distillery

John Fluevog Distillery


Abandoned for nearly a decade, the location of the former distillery of Gooderham & Worts found economic flourishment as the Victorian brick buildings attracted the attention of Hollywood Producers. With over 800 film and television productions, The Distillery District became the number one filming location in Canada, filming some classic gems including Half Baked, X Men, Tommy Boy, Three Men And A Baby, and Blues Brothers 2000.

In 2003, the former distillery of Gooderham & Worts was redeveloped into an exciting community of retail shops, restaurants, and galleries dedicated to art, culture, and entertainment.

John Fluevog Distillery

Reflecting John's positive and bright messages, the new Fluevog retail space in Toronto's Distillery District will be completely Fluevogified. The Distillery District is the largest preserved collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in the World, perfect for a relaxing shopping experience among the most unique (often Victorianesque) shoes in the World. In addition, on opening day, John will release one men's and one women's limited edition shoe available at that location only.

It certainly won't be long now as John and his son Adrian are putting together the last pieces of the puzzle. It certainly won't be long now, and we can't wait to see you there on on Saturday, May 4th!


John Fluevog is an independent designer and retailer of forward-thinking footwear and accessories. Since 1970 he has been steadfast in creating unique soles for unique souls that have been seen everywhere from the feet of Madonna and Jack White to the runways of high fashion. John Fluevog Shoes were recently named one of the world's most innovative companies in the fashion industry by creative business experts FastCompany, and New York's Museum of Modern Art showcased an image of Fluevog's footwear on both a calendar and postcard. Recently, John was recognized by The Two/Ten Foundation of Canada as The Canadian Footwear Industry's Shoe Person of the Year.

John Fluevog est un designer et détaillant avant-gardiste indépendant de chaussures et d'accessoires qui se démarquent. Depuis 1970, John crée ,pour des personnes uniques, des chaussures uniques qui ont été vues partout, des pieds de Madonna et de Jack White aux défilés de haute couture. Les experts de la création de FastCompany ont récemment désigné John Fluevog Shoes comme l’une des entreprises les plus innovatrices au monde et le Musée d’art moderne de New York a présenté une photo de chaussures Fluevog dans un calendrier et sur une carte postale. John a remporté dernièrement le prestigieux prix Personnalité du domaine de la chaussure de l’année du BATA Shoe Museum.

Press-ready photos available upon request. For more information or to talk to John contact:
Photos de presse disponibles. Pour plus d'informations ou pour une entrevue avec John Fluevog :

Stephen Fluevog
phone 604-688-2879 x226
email stephen@fluevog.com
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