Canon Opens Boutique Camera Store at Willoughby’s

December 9, 2011



New York, NY (December 9, 2011). The new Canon Boutique at Willoughby’s launched with a celebration hosted by Willoughby’s CEO Joseph Douek and quintessential New Yorkers Phillip Bloch (Cause Celebre) Alex McCord (Real Housewives of New York) and Pimm Fox (Bloomberg Radio). The “All Things New York” themed event was inspired by the panoramic New York City skyline diorama that is the focal point of the Canon display, which boasts a full array of it imaging products. In keeping with the theme, Willoughby’s also featured Kristina Korsholm’s book, NYC – Head Over High Heels and served kosher deli-inspired nibbles, Manhattans, Red Apple Martinis and more.

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined the hosts and Canon executives such as Mark Hempel and Vince Romano in celebrating the opening which Douek characterized as a “homecoming for Canon whose first office outside Japan in 1955 was on Fifth Avenue just a few blocks up from Willoughby’s” — which itself has been in New York City since 1898 and is the oldest camera emporium in the city. Douek added “if you can make it here you can make it anywhere and Canon is proof of that… the permanent Canon display here at Willoughby’s pays tribute to its humble beginnings in NYC and its great achievements and success in the US since then”.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., headquartered in Lake Success, New York, is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With more than $45 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2010† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., please sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting
Also joining in the celebration were fans such as Kimberly Guilfoyle, Kristina Korsholm, Nevil Dwek, Zuzu Kim, Evie Evangelou, Carla Holtze, Ana Berry, Miguelina Gambaccini, Susan Shin, Tracy Stern, Simon van Kempen and Kiliaen van Rensselaer, who enjoyed red and white- frosted “Canon” cookies while admiring the new Canon display featuring an impressive selection of its imaging product portfolio. “Throughout the world, Canon cameras are the choice medium through which a moment in time is captured, transforming imagination into images. The award winning cameras and printers offer the photographer a complete input to output solution that is easy to use”, stated Douek. “I’m proud to launch the Canon Boutique at Willoughby’s, where one can experience the power behind the brand and appreciate Canon technology, showcased in a distinguished setting allowing everyone to touch, feel and try.”
Founded in 1898 by famed lens man Charles Willoughby and over 110 years later, Willoughby’s has become a New York City institution. From its rich heritage, Willoughby’s continues to innovate, taking a novel approach to merchandizing by building branded mini-boutiques (Leica, Sony, Olympus and now Canon) in its comprehensive emporium, to offer the consumer the best and most visceral experience. Offering a large selection of cameras and photo equipment for every budget and skill level, from simple point-and-shoot models to high-end single-lens reflex cameras, Willoughby’s stocks a wide selection of cameras, camcorders, binoculars and photography equipment and accessories for both the pro and consumer markets. Novices and professional photographers alike appreciate the highly knowledgeable sales associates and personalized service — hallmarks of New York City’s oldest photographic equipment and accessories store.
The evening concluded with a surprise birthday toast and cake for Douek, to the New York-inspires tunes of DJ I.K.E. while some guests lounged after the event in what some dubbed as “Club Canon”, before departing with gift bags aptly filled with issues of WSJ, Gotham, Bond No. 9’s “I Love NY” perfume, “I Love NY” shot glasses, a Willoughby’s gift certificate and more.

The Canon Boutique at Willoughby’s is located at: 298 Fifth Avenue at 31st St., New York, NY 10001. For more information, please call 1.800.378.1898 or visit