In 1936 Harry Terry founded Braids & Laces, near to downtown Toronto, at Front and Sherbourne Street. Initially Braids & Laces made shoelaces for the many shoe manufacturers that existed in Toronto at that time. The company grew during World War II when it began braiding cord for ammunition box handles. There was limited production space so a warehouse and sales office was opened in Willowdale during this time. In 1949 the company transitioned to the next generation when Harry’s children Ted & Candace Terry took over. In the early 1960’s the company grew when skate lace and marine rope production started. More space was needed and in 1968 the manufacturing was moved to a 14,400 square foot facility located one hour North East of Toronto where we are still located today. In the mid 1970’s Ted’s children Peter and Mike Terry took control of operations and they moved the sales office and warehouse from Willowdale to Richmond Hill. In 2008 after working for the company for many years, Henk and Barb (Terry) Klei purchased the business from Barb’s father Peter and her uncle Mike. Henk and Barb set out to modernize and stream line production. The sales office and warehouse was moved back under the same roof as the production and they are continually investing in new equipment to produce the best products in the industry. Being the 4th generation of the family to manufacture textile products, they put these many cumulative years of knowledge to use to provide outstanding quality and service their customers can depend on while bringing fresh perspective to the industry.
Meet the Owners
We love the work we do! We love being able to provide our customers with the products they require. We love to surpass our customers’ expectation for service and exceptional value. We care that you get the products you and your customers need. We have a dedicated team of long term skilled employees who understand what goes into making an exceptional product and are a part of our success. We embrace honesty and integrity. We strive to reduce waste and to be more efficient. We believe we are responsible for our impact on our surroundings as well as our impact on others. We believe what is good for the environment is also good for business.
Henk and Barb