Markio Designs Inc. is the Toronto-based parent company to three of Canada’s leading retail footwear brands:
• DAVIDS, Canada’s leader in luxury footwear and accessories
• Capezio, the popular line of women’s shoe fashion boutiques
• DUET, a bold new ensemble emerging international designers
Each collection is personally selected and curated by the Markowitz family, iconic tastemakers in Canadian fashion for over sixty years. It’s our way of assuring the highest quality and most contemporary international styles in each of the three market segments we serve.
Founder Louis Markowitz got his first taste of the shoe business at the age of fifteen, when he arrived home one day to a house full of seconds his mother had purchased from a local factory. Within a few days he had sold every last pair going door-to-door around the family’s Kensington market neighborhood, and it was clear the young entrepreneur had found his calling.
In his twenties Louis ran a successful family shoe store with wife and business partner, Julia, but the couple had bigger dreams. In 1951 they re-launched the family business as DAVIDS, an ambitious multi-brand retail concept that would bring the most beautiful footwear from the world’s top designers to the Canadian market. Located in the heart of Toronto’s affluent Forest Hill neighborhood, it was the country’s first luxury shoe store.
In 1971 the Markowitzes made another big gamble, relocating to a spectacular new 5,500 square foot showroom at the corner of Bay and Bloor. The DAVIDS flagship was one of the first fashion retailers to open on Toronto’s Mink Mile, paving the way for the strip’s transformation from a financial centre to Canada’s most exclusive shopping district.
In 1976, brothers David, Alan and Lorne, and David’s wife, Faye, launched Capezio, a new line of affordably priced women’s footwear fashions. This second generation of the family that had grown up in the DAVIDS business brought the Markowitz sense of style and quality to a whole new market segment. Capezio was an instant hit and by 1979 it merged with the DAVIDS brand under the new corporate moniker Markio Designs.
With the launch of the new DUET brand and a fourth DAVIDS location in 2015, Markio’s retail presence includes three e-commerce websites and eleven stores located across the Greater Toronto Area.
Today leadership of the company is headed by David Markowitz (CEO and President) and his son Richard (Vice President), supported by the senior executive team of Alan, Ilana and Faye Markowitz. With its seasoned management team and extensive network of accomplished sales associates Markio is well positioned for continued long-term growth.