Tchotchke, knickknack, bauble, or doohickey; call them what you want, but souvenirs bought in those run-of-the-mill souvenir shops are more often than not, forgotten. Here is a list of 11 awesome places to buy unique, locally made, Montreal-inspired artisan creations. In other words, a souvenir that actually does justice to the fond memories of your trip to Montréal!
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Seekers of classic styles in Montreal are soooo lucky – there’s a great culture of vintage shopping here, with stores to suit every need from ball gowns to cowboy shirts. In addition to the bargain-basement biggies like the Salvation Army, Renaissance and Village des Valeurs, there are many stores with carefully curated vintage collections. Here are our favourites.
When Formula 1 racing rolls (loudly) into town for three days, June 6-8, it’s not just about the action on the track, the raucous nightlife, the almost limitless adventurous gastronomic options, and panoply of Grand Prix–related activities. It’s also an opportunity for discriminating fashionistas, art aficionados and those looking for that extra-special something to get their shop on, Grand Prix-style.
What better time than spring to say out with the old, in with the new! And if that means a wardrobe overhaul, Montreal makes finding a fashionable new look (or 20) easy and affordable at La Grande Braderie de la Mode Québécoise – otherwise known as the Big Fashion Sale of Quebec Designers, happening April 10-13. The renowned sale, held at the massive-yet-welcoming Bonsecours Market, not only gives shoppers a crash course in Quebec-made fashion, but samples and still-in-style liquidation items go for 50 to 80 percent off. While women’s clothing – from casual to corporate to lingerie – dominates the bustling sales floor, the Braderie also boasts an array of high-quality menswear, children’s clothing, outerwear, jewellery and accessories. With over 100 designers to choose from, La Grande Braderie de la Mode feels much like an extensive boutique store, with styles to suit everyone and prices too good to pass up. Look sleek while staying comfortable in a new pair of Second Yoga Jeans – truly flexible enough to do yoga in, but without a hint of yoga-pantsness to them – or anything by Jennifer Glasgow Design (especially her dresses), Atelier b. (masters of soft cotton, seen here in top photo),… / Read More →
As the video above proves, the 13th edition of the Festival Mode & Design was one of the biggest to date, with four days filled with over 50 fashion and music shows in downtown Montreal centered around the massive outdoor runway that has become so synonymous with this event. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2014..
Montreal Fashion Week is always cause for celebration, but in the drudgery of grey February, nothing lifts the spirit like the bright lights, flashing bulbs and glamour of groundbreaking fashion shows…
Montrealers are known for their style – and I swear it isn’t just because I am one that I’m saying that. There’s something about the city’s multicultural spirit that blends Parisian sophistication with New York edginess, and nothing expresses that better than our garb…