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Romance for all in Montréal

Beautiful views, European charm, award-winning dining, entertainment that never sleeps… Montréal has got all the markers of a winning romantic weekend for any type of couple. This Valentine’s Day, whether you like things sporty, luxurious or classic (because long-stem roses never go out of style), here are five getaway ideas from us to you – with love. A classic kind of love Wining and dining is a sure way to pretty much anyone’s heart. With hotel specials like the Valentine’s Day package at the beautiful Le Germain in Old Montréal, you’re already half way there. After picking up some chocolates at Maison Christian Faure and some flowers at the stand in Square Victoria, grab a horse-drawn carriage tour of Old Montréal across the street from Notre-Dame Basilica, where Céline Dion got married (it’ll set the mood). Next, book a tête-à-tête to sample the special V Day offerings at 400 Coups (a five-course meal featuring crab ravioli and foie gras mousse), Le Quindici (short ribs braised in wine, anyone?) or the warm, European flavoured Branzino. If you can’t choose, how about one on Friday, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday? Then stroll up from Old Montréal to downtown for… / Read More →

Get Your Montréal Glamour Look

Montréal is known for its casual flair and its democratic approach to style (case in point, you can pretty much walk into any club in jeans), but boy, do we love dressing up anyway! Whether it’s for a graduation ball, a wedding or a posh summer party, get your glam on at these hot Montréal retailers. Gents Waxman House Tuxedos Renting a tux – or better yet, buying your own – is a rite every man eventually embarks upon. Why not start at the pinnacle with Waxman, an iconic address on Parc Avenue that since 1927 has been known for the quality of its service as well as the vast selection of its choices. With a barbershop and espresso bar on site, it’s a one-stop shop to a more magnificent you. Harry Rosen The array of high-end brands at this suit-purveyor extraordinaire ranges from Hugo Boss to Canali to Zegna to Armani. If it’s just a kick-ass suit you’re after, the choice is yours at Harry Rosen’s two Montréal locations; you can even get one tailored to your own specifications thanks to their bespoke service. But you can also buy formalwear here, not to mention shoes, belts, bags and more…. / Read More →

The World According to Renata Morales

To enter Renata Morales’ Old Montreal home-cum-studio is to walk into a mad genius’s mind. The fashion designer is also an artist and a curator and a collector and a breath of fresh air to all who meet her. Her space represents all of that…

DENIS GAGNON FASHION SHOW AT BIRKS

So many things I love under one roof: bubbly, bling and beautiful clothes. My friends, Montreal Fashion Week doesn’t get much better than this. When I heard that fashion designer Denis Gagnon was going to present his Spring and Summer 2012 collection at Birks jewellery store, I couldn’t click send on that RSVP email fast enough…