Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The family-run business Harputs was set up in 1979 when Turk Harput
bartered his Volvo 230 at a local flea market, in return he received
1,000 pairs of old sneakers. Starting in Alameda, the Harputs family
business moved to Oakland, and now resides in its present location on
Fillmore. Today, the store is still family owned and run by Gus, sister
Ferda, and brother Matt. The Fillmore store has gone through renovations
over the years, but its identity remains the same. Slowly, Gus dusts the
old school gems out of the cellar and rotates them into his showroom.
The original store carried an incredible range of sneakers and sportswear.
Known as the place to go for Adidas, the place is an urban legend.
In the building next door, the shop was completely full with stock.
It was eventually changed to a Y-3 store, and now Gus Harput has turned
it into a select fashion store called Harputs Market featuring European,
Japanese and American designers.
1525 Fillmore Street