Born in Beirut and raised in Israel, Zuki Bailala is an iconoclast to the fur industry. In 1973 Zuki moved to Canada to join his wife-to-be. She greeted him decked out in head to toe fur garb. It was then Zuki joined the family business, fur manufacturing. At the time, the business focused largely on mink and while Zuki started out sweeping the floors, always an artist, he became inspired.

Mr. Balaila, who as a teenager enjoyed sketching clothes, quickly developed his own ideas for revamping not only his father-in-law’s business, but the entire fur business. His vision was to appeal to the younger generations.