About NYLA

About NYLA Fresh Thread
NYLA Fresh Thread is a new upstart men’s fashion retailer that strives to lead our local market in business, casual, and contemporary menswear with a price range to fit any budget. We have created a man driven environment that gives our clientele a comfortable place to relax and shop in style.
Hi, I’d like to introduce myself.

My name is Leon, owner principal of NYLA Fresh Thread. I was born and raised in Nanaimo and am proud to call it my home.

NYLA Fresh Thread was founded from a personal need. A need for everyday menswear in a market lacking independent, local menswear retailers. I was frustrated that my shopping experience was a couple of racks in the back of a ladies store, a young men's sport/skate board shop, or a formal shop only selling suite and ties. This frustration is what ignited my journey to create an authentic, laid back menswear shopping environment in the heart of Nanaimo. NYLA is your everyday casual and fun formal menswear for men of all ages.
NYLA Fresh Thread is about confidence, the confidence to live up to the fine traditions of past merchants, with styling and quality. We represent exceptional quality, affordable pricing, and popular, trusted brands that our clientele would usually have to travel outside our local market to find.
We pride ourselves on carrying a great selection of small and multinational Canadian brands, with products still made in Canada. We carry a wide selection for men of all ages, with great pricing and sizes from small to 3XL, long or tall. We supply jeans, t-shirts, golf shirts, sweaters, cardigans, chinos or khakis, as well as dress shirts, dress pants, sport jackets and a huge selection of accessories. These include ties, bow ties, belts, suspenders, cuff links and much more.
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NYLA Fresh Thread follows in the traditional menswear before us but by keeping menswear fresh and evolving with the fashion thread trends in our global community. I’d like to invite you to experience our menswear shopping environment out for yourself at our store; 206 Commercial Street, downtown Nanaimo.
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We are an independent family owned and operated menswear store downtown Nanaimo who prioritizes small town customer service. Please help us build awareness, tell all your friends and family, word of mouth is our strongest marketing, I’d like to personally Thank you for your continued support.
- Leon Drzewiecki

Our Awards:

Best in the City, #1 Menswear:

2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018

2016 Retailer of the Year

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Achievement Awards

2017 Vancouver Island Retailer of the Year

Vancouver Island Business Achievement Awards (Victoria)

2017 Small Business of the Year

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Achievement Awards

2018 Small Business of the Year

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Achievement Awards
"I shopped at NYLA for the first time today, loved the clothes, great style. It's about time that we had a great, independent men's clothing store in Nanaimo. Pretty amazing staff too, super helpful, friendly.. She even managed to keep my 4 year old son entertained while she helped us."

- Bradley J

"Leon was very helpful and friendly. Loved all the funky clothing for men. If we ever come back to BC again, we will be stopping and shopping there. In the meantime, I will be shopping off their internet site!!!"

- Michele W

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