February 2, 2012 – Montréal is at the very apex of tradition, creativity and eco-consciousness when it comes to fur fashion. This isn’t surprising, given Montréal’s renowned style, creativity, avant-garde designers and centuries-old position as Canada’s fur capital. In fact, more than 90% of the national production comes from our city.
Montréal’s fur industry is a dynamic and vital hotbed of fur fashion where you’ll find the hottest (pardon the puns) and innovative designs on the market. The Fur District is located at the corner of Mayor and St. Alexander Streets; however, many designers have since set up shop on Chabanel. Some manufacturers have their own boutique and sell tailor-made items at reasonable prices. In Montréal, there is no stigma attached to incorporating fur into one’s wardrobe, especially considering its warmth factor in our cold climate. So we flaunt it with a toasty, stylish flair!
Still not sold on sporting a pelt? What if it was “green”? Internationally-renowned designer, Mariouche Gagné, artfully reworks “used” fur into her fabulous Harricana designer line, made exclusively from recycled fur. In following her motto, “Made from my Mother’s coat”, she has contributed largely to Montréal’s luxurious winter-chic style.
Of course, any foray into the world of fur demands a visit to the oldest corporation in Canada: The Hudson’s Bay Company, or simply The Bay, at the heart of downtown. The 3rd floor Fur Salon houses an extensive assortment of high-end designer furs, including Louis Féraud, Givenchy, Black Diamond Mink, and Grosvenor. Ride the escalator up to the 5th floor to enjoy an exhibition outlining the history of the fur trade.
If your curiosity has been piqued, then it’s off to The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site for you! Relive the raucous adventure of the Montréal fur trade in the 18th and early 19th centuries: explore this old stone warehouse dating back to 1803 filled with items such as fur bales, pelts and bins of provisions, during a guided tour or at your own pace, and partake in the many interactive activities and audio-visual presentations available.