About Us

A family owned, Vancouver based business, creating custom branded goods to help and inspire both our clients & loyal customers. 

Owning and operating a local business for over 28 years has not always been easy. We are proud that we've done it through passion for people (our customers), hard work and learning from our experiences. Our success is tribute to attracting amazing customers, maintaining long-term relationships and generating new customers from referrals.  

Our history in a nutshell... In 1988, Grubwear Brand clothing was born out of the back of a Honda Civic hatchback in London, Ontario, Canada while Mike Jackson attended the University of Western Ontario. With an admitted passion for smart, bold graphic t’s and a thirst for the action sport lifestyle of beach, surf, skateboard and snowboarding, Mike was driven to bring these passions together with cutting-edge design and unique merchandise to launch his own independent brand. We grew to more than 75 retail stockists in Canada by 1995 and solidified our brand amongst the best in Canada.

Grubwear's Iconic TRI-G logo has circled the world, as we evolved beyond clothing into a hard goods and outwerwear company with the birth of Jackson Snowboards & Stitchworks in 1993. This evolution took us around the world, selling our wares from Germany to Japan, solidifying distributor relationships in 11 countries by 1996.

In 1996, our flagship retail location, Thriller Shop, opened up in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood. It became the brick & mortar head office behind our various house brands including:  Grubwear, Boris Brothers and Jackson Snowboards.  In 2010, after a long and adventure filled decade we moved our location to Main Street at 19th Avenue then opened as Studiotique located in Vancouver's hot Kingsway-Fraser area, having in-house screen-printing facilities and stocking only our products.

Most recently Mike opened Jackson's General, a neighbourhood main-stay general store with a focus on BC and local/canadian makers and brands. The store offers gourmet food stuffs from Jam & Hot sauce to dumplings, bath bombs, home gifts. self-care and accessories; with an extra focus on East Van. A must stop on the tourist /visitor route for all your cool Vancouver clothing needs, located at 1490 KINGSWAY @ DUMFRIES.  Set amongst kitschy decor and salvage/collectibles, this cool shop is the highlight of the neighbourhood. 

Grubwear remains a focused and driven Vancouver-based brand, as Canada's oldest operating independent clothing brand, blending style and function - with an edge that is fresh and timeless, just as our iconic TRI-G trademark.