ZALE Apparel was founded by Akil Thomas and Ethan Low when they were 15 years old. What began as just a hobby, ZALE Apparel is now a Toronto-based clothing brand run by young individuals dedicated to creating unique products that will have a lasting impact on the streetwear industry and culture.
ZALE's philosophy and slogan “See Beyond” represents our teams’ mindset and helps fuel our creative process. For us, being a part of ZALE means pushing beyond our boundaries and not conforming to society's expectations. ZALE embodies a blend of talent from many different industries and has allowed us to come together and convey our ingenuity through different collections and products. This is our way of sharing stories and experiences while also showcasing our development as a brand.
Since its inception in 2015, ZALE has had incredible support from all over the world and we hope you continue to follow us on our journey.
Meet The Team
Learn about the people behind the brand and their stories
Akil Thomas is the Co-Founder of Zale Apparel. As a young entrepreneur he started a T-shirt business when he was only 13 years old. Using an online t-shirt printing company to customize hockey themed t-shirts to sell friends, Akil was able to buy his own transportation tickets to school without having to ask his parents for money.
After realized the support and larger market for clothing Akil founded Zale Apparel with the help of Ethan Low. Akil now is a professional hockey player for the La kings and works on Zale during his time away from the rink. He oversees' the business as a whole and drives the creativity for each collection.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Ethan has always had a passion for creativity. What first started as learning basic photoshop design skills, soon turned into creating full shirt designs for fun. During his time playing hockey and lacrosse Ethan has always stayed well connected with the sports world, while pursuing his passions for art and design.
Ethan currently attends Brock University for business communications and is a member of the Brock Men's Lacrosse team. Ethan currently helps with all aspects of the business, but mainly focuses on assisting Patrick with creative direction and support.
Born and raised in Toronto, Patrick grew up with sports and fashion in his life. He decided to pursue his passion by furthering his education at OCAD University. Recently completing his bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2021, he majored in the Integrated Media Program, specializing in film and design.
As the creative director Patrick works alongside Ethan and Akil to oversee the creative side of the business. He initiates original ideas that are further developed in our creative process as a team.
Born and raised in Woodbridge, Giancarlo is an entrepreneur who’s passionate about blockchain, economics, and streetwear. He met Akil in high school as they both attended St. Michaels College School and connected a few years later when Giancarlo showed interest in working with Zale.
He is currently a student at Ryerson University studying Political Science and works on many aspects of Zale but specifically business strategy and brand development.
Born and raised in Toronto, Charlotte quickly recognized her passion for the fashion industry after learning how to sew at the age of 14. She has entrepreneurial experience, founding and operating her own small clothing brand in the beginning of her university career. This has translated into her desire to chase her dream of a full-time career in fashion.
Charlotte is currently studying marketing at the Ivey Business School and is on track to complete an HBA in the spring of 2022. Her strong business knowledge combined with her attentiveness to the fashion industry has built an impressive foundation of marketing and social media skills. Her contributions to the ZALE team are present in marketing campaigns, strategic social media endeavours, and collaboration in the creative process.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Paul grew up around both sports and fashion. He met Akil soon after Akil arrived in Canada when they became neighbours. Paul met Ethan playing minor hockey together, which formed a close relationship between the three of them.
Paul is currently studying BioChemistry at Western University. Although he has a strong passion for medicine and health, Paul is strongly influenced and involved in the fashion and streetwear scene. Paul currently is responsible for all customer relations.
Growing up in Florida, Nick met Akil through hockey. They played on a youth team together and reconnected through Zale years later. Nick has founded two businesses, one being a digital marketing agency and the other a photography studio. He is passionate about business, photography, fashion, and marketing/advertising.
Currently, Nick works with Zale on business development and marketing/advertising while continuing to run and operate his other ventures.