Like many cities and towns across Canada, Kitchener is the product of settlement during the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s. Many examples of the industrial architecture of that era have long since vanished, but a few of the finest buildings still exist downtown. One such site is 112 Benton St., the new home of Arrow Lofts. The building was originally constructed in 1913 by the Williams, Green and Rome Company (WGRC), which was credited with creating the traditional “detached hard collared” men’s shirts. WGRC was later purchased by Cluett Peabody Canada Inc. in 1920 and the 80 year legacy of Arrow Shirt Factory was born. The Arrow brand became synonymous with modern men’s fashions, starting with the production of “attached soft collars” in the 1920s. The Arrow name continues to represent the iconic men’s dress shirt.
Arrow remains an authentic fashion and lifestyle brand with a broad assortment of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel sold in over 55 countries worldwide.
Today, after remaining vacant for many years the original Arrow Shirt Factory has been reborn and rejuvenated as Arrow Lofts: a modern, stylish condo community that draws on the architecture and fashion of the past while creating a new place to call home in downtown Kitchener.