Mr. Sarbjit Khurana, the founder of Rokko Sarees & Fabrics, opened the store 50 years ago to cater to the small but emerging Indian clientele that was overlooked by other merchants. The store takes its name after the Rokko area in Kobe, Japan where he lived and ran an expansive import and export business that connected him to Africa, the Middle East, Asia and India. He knew textiles and he understood customer service and was influenced by the courtesy he observed among Japanese merchants.
A truly global citizen, Mr. Khurana was born in Indonesia where his Sikh father was the headmaster of a British-run Catholic school. He was educated in India and joined his uncle’s business in Japan before immigrating to Canada with his family. With a vision of expanding his export trade, he moved to Vancouver, Canada in 1971, where he started what would become his most successful textile business. Mr. Khurana taught the inner works of the family business to his four children from a very young age, all of whom now carry on his legacy.