Buy Local - Meet Browns' President Michael Brownstein

Michael Brownstein, President of Browns

In 1973, after graduating from McGill University in commerce, Michael Brownstein joined the Browns team. A few years later, in 1998, he became president of the company. Since then, he has successfully grown the brand, which today has 68 stores across Canada. Meet the passionate man at the head of a family owned business with a reputation that precedes him.

Can you describe Browns in a few words?

At Browns, since 1940, we carry exciting fashion shoes, handbags and accessories collections, available across Canada.

How did you bring the Browns brand to life?

80 years of hard work combined with a great team of talented people. Browns was originally founded in 1940 by Benjamin Brownstein as a single store on St. Catherine Street in Montreal, Browns have had a family-first focus since day one.

Why did you choose to open a boutique at the Mail Champlain?

It’s a very good location to target our clients, mostly the family who live on the south shore.

What excites you the most about your industry?

Our brick and mortar stores and our e-com business are constantly evolving.

What advice would you give to future entrepreneurs?

Work hard and play hard. If you have a vision that you strongly believe in, go for it!

Why is it important to buy locally?

To support the Canadian economy and to support local businesses.

How does your team build each collection?

Our team is composed of many experienced, knowledgeable buyers with a great eye for fashion. They know the do’s and don’ts of building a collection that make us deliver the most wonderful collections every season at Browns.

What are Browns plans for 2021?

Opening bigger and better stores.