Gale Peart founded the now defunct My Elite Grocer, which landed a Jamaica Observer feature in 2010. The newspaper was circulated at West Indian grocery stores across North America and a copy of the feature made its way to McGill University in Canada where a relative’s wife, whom Peart had never met, made contact. The caller simply said, “You have got to be Danny’s daughter!”
That got Gale’s undivided attention since Danny was her deceased father. The caller’s name? Jean Hibbert Peart, a Canadian microbiologist from Hanover, Jamaica. Her husband Thomas was an economics lecturer, a cousin, whom Gale’s dad spoke about. Jean continued, “your cousins (her twin sons) are in the luxury business too. You have to link up.” So they did, online that is, and kept in touch.
The Peart brothers’ Montreal-based luxury business is a global brand for travel essentials called WANT Les Essentiels. Their premium luggage line quickly expanded to footwear (derby shoes and sandals), computer bags and even eyewear; all essential luxury products for the business traveller guy or girl.
International stockists of WANT products include high-end stores in Milan, New York, such as Bergdorf Goodman and Barney’s, and as far as Tokyo at Tomorrowland – Shibuya.
Then it happened: Schedules were aligned earlier this year for a Fortress Business exclusive, a first for the Peart twins with a Caribbean medium. Prominent media like New York Times and CNN Money have done several features but not Caribbean media…until now. Their interview is rather compelling and even shows them traveling Air Jamaica with ‘dulcies’ (old, boxy suitcases) in the seventies to now having their own, WANT. Download a complimentary copy of Fortress Business magazine and read the Peart brothers interview, and more, here.
The icing was having an opportunity to meet them in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Photo: Kevin, Byron, Gale and Dexter Peart at the Mobay Cultural Centre, Jamaica