Our name, Mr. Derk, embodies a story of over eighty-one years of passion for the textile and apparel industry.
Our company was originally formed in 1939 by the hands of Stephen Derk — a trained craftsman in the art of tailoring, and patriarch of the Derks family. Stephen was forced to make garments for German officers during WWII, but upon fleeing their grasp, he found refuge in Italy. Stephen eventually worked his way to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to start a new life, and continued to work in his trade for over 30 years.
We named our menswear division “Mr. Derk” to both honour our roots and offer a gesture of thanks to our patriarch. His love for fine tailored goods, hard work, and elegance are virtues we embody to this day.
Born into the clothing industry, Sterling Derk has been surrounded by menswear and formalwear his whole life, getting to know constructions, fabrics, fits and classical tailoring from an early age. Keeping with Derks tradition, he started working for the family business at age 13. He’s worked his way through the trenches, starting as a shoe cleaner at Derks Formals and now managing operations at Derks Menswear.
As Sterling’s menswear knowledge continues to grow, so does his drive and commitment to provide quality clothing and current trends to men. Because our local market is often saturated with similar product, Sterling searches global marketplaces to find unique, quality clothing at a good price point. His refined taste and appreciation for quality and longevity allow Derks Menswear to provide the best products, service and advice to our customers.