is a 22-year-old entrepreneur originally from Hamilton. A little over a year ago, following multiple trips to Halifax to visit friends and scope out the scene, he opened Don Deez Clothing
(1442 Dresden Row, 425-1663), to bring a new complexion to men’s fashion. “I want the city to know a little more about Don Deez and what we are really about,” he says. “Although fashion and style are our focus we are more than just another clothing store.”
Don Deez is considered primarily an urban style store, but it carries a lot of different lines for different people. “I like to categorize it as just ‘Men’s’ fashion because more and more of what we have coming into the store can be worn by anyone on any occasion.” Polak is seeing some progress made as recently a 72-year-old came in and bought a sweater, though he also notes that Don Deez is the exclusive local carrier of LRG, “considered a ‘street’ line, and is basically the number one brand in North America right now.” Polak says they have jeans for people who are cool with $100 jeans, but also for people who are into $300 or $400 jeans.
If that wasn’t enough to get your attention, Don Deez has been making plenty of inroads into the community, presenting a show on CKDU on Friday nights, sponsoring a boys basketball team at the YMCA on Gottingen, sponsoring other school athletic programs and cultural societies, and has begun a back to school clothing drive for underprivileged youth.
Polak has embraced his adoptive city, and really just wants to get the word out about what his business does. “When you are shopping at Don Deez, quality, authenticity, and originality are never in question,” he says, “because no one is doing what we’re doing in Halifax and delivering the level of consistency that we are.”