It’s a year today since the founder, my Friend and business partner Patrick O’Flaherty passed away. You may be lucky enough to meet someone like Pat in your lifetime, someone who will tell you how it is, good or bad. Someone who could introduce you to a place like Xile, a place full of characters and people you will be friends with for the rest of your life.
Pat started Xile In 1984, opening the first store on South Bridge in Edinburgh city centre . Xile was always the store of choice if you had a clue about brands, you made sure you had the latest pair of jeans from the like off Chipie, C17 and Chevignon. Now back in the early 90’s two things were kicking off big time, Raves and Casuals. Now Pat did enjoy the odd wee night out as did a few off us and you really could not avoid the casuals as it was bit like the wild west with casuals, robbing and ram raiding! My first week on the job in the summer of 1994 we were robbed at knifepoint! Clubbers and casuals were our best customers, the 90’s were a colourful time!
Pat was a tough old cookie and a man off his word, the kind of straight talker that shoots from the hip, he would say it as he sees it! We had many years working hard building the company, growing a culture and creating a unique environment where our stores had a electric atmosphere, where many of our staff were like family and we parties that will be remembered for decades. We were very lucky for a long time as we travelled all over the world doing a job we loved.
We had a good thing in Xile for a good many years and I am grateful to Pat for everything he taught me in life and business.
Respect and Love to Pat and all the O’flaherty’s