Perfect cuts, fabulous fabrics, one-of-a-kind style and meticulous craftsmanship—that’s what Québec’s luxury designers offer in their collections, which range from daring to timeless. Here are some of the top brands that bring beauty to La Belle Province. Québec’s biggest names in fashion Every city has its fashion gurus, and Montréal is no exception. We love the perfect cuts and classic lines in Philippe Dubuc’s menswear, along with the couture leather, pleated satin or airy silks from Denis Gagnon. For structured volume that’s equal parts nature and technology, there’s Marie Saint-Pierre, while Rad Hourani offers unisex creations and Tavan & Mitto delivers sophisticated, timeless collections. We turn to Éditions de Robes for dresses that range from classic to glam, and we can’t get enough of Elisa C-Rossow’s serious take on women’s sensuality or the modern femininity offered by UNTTLD. Recycled fur, leather and luxury jackets The lumberjack look may not be what you’re after, but when fur and leather are tastefully crafted to create stylish, eco-friendly fashion, that’s a whole other story. For recycled fur, head to Harricana. Minimalist leather bags await at Lowell or WANT Les Essentiels. And m0851 is the place to go for leather items that run the… / Read More →
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The beauty of a sunny, Montréal winter day can’t be denied, but it can be hindered, to say the least, when the wind’s whipping through your non-puffy jacket and your feet feel like blocks of ice. Thankfully, toasty-warm winter coats and boots are a Montréal speciality made with style. Cold-weather Canadian brands One thing a Canadian winter will make you appreciate is a good, warm coat and boots that can withstand not only snow but slush. Québec companies have us covered. For over 100 years, family-run company Kamik has made warm, comfortable boots – they also maintain a zero-waste production target and recycling programs. La Canadienne specializes in women’s ultra stylish, made-to-last boots, shoes, coats, bags and accessories crafted in Montréal and Italy with attention to eco-friendly materials and factory practices. And Old Montréal shoemakers Amimoc make cozy moccasins and warm boots. The wonderful @fanshionbeauty enjoying the first snowflakes in our Laurentia model. La merveilleuse @fanshionbeauty qui profite des premiers flocons de neige dans notre modèle Laurentia. Une photo publiée par QUARTZ CO. (@quartz_co) le 10 Nov. 2016 à 14h39 PST Pajar began making high-quality winter boots in Montréal in 1973 – the family-run company has since gone international and… / Read More →
Looking for pampering? You’re in the right place. Montréal gets a ton of high-fallutin’ international guests every year, whether it’s Jazz Fest musicians, pop superstars, Formula One racers or star hockey players. Hell, even visiting comedians need paraffin mani-pedis! The result? Our service industry is poised to satisfy your every need and make your trip to La Belle Ville the most memorable it can be. Here’s your cheat sheet to the best things in life. SLEEP WELL High-end stays abound in Montréal, for all the reasons mentioned above. From Madonna to Aretha Franklin to Lady Gaga, we’ve hosted all the divas! Exacting guests flock to the gorgeously redesigned Ritz-Carlton Montréal, where you can leave your classically appointed suite and be at La Maison Ogilvy in five minutes flat. Hôtel Le St. James is probably the city’s most luxurious stay, nestled in a historic Old Montréal building appointed with priceless antiques. Loews Hôtel Vogue, Hôtel Le Crystal and InterContinental Montréal are perfect downtown pied-à-terres, with incredibly comfortable rooms and great bars and restaurants. To be within seconds of the Old Port, you’ll want to stay at either the sleekly contemporary Hotel Gault, Hotel Nelligan (the rooftop terrasse bar is a must),… / Read More →
The show may be over, but Mad Men’s suits and sexiness – and some of the smoking and scandal too – live on not only in our memories (and on Netflix), but in retro style in Montréal. Tourisme Montréal’s tips for a classy weekend with the guys tap into that Mad Men aesthetic in clothes, restaurants, hotels, barbers, cigars and bars. Dress the part Update or refine your own style in Montréal at luxury retailers of designer suits and brand-name menswear Holt Renfrew, Ogilvy Monsieur and Harry Rosen downtown, or smaller boutiques like Tozzi on Crescent Street, L’Uomo Montréal and Giorgio on Peel Street, Philippe Dubuc on Saint-Denis Street, StockMarkt on Notre Dame Street West, WANT Apothecary in Westmount, and three hot Mile End retailers: Clark Street Mercantile, Les Etoffes and the storefront location of online success story Frank & Oak. If you’re in the market for a new suit, consult our guide to buying a suit in Montréal. Find soft and supple leather wallets, briefcases, bags and jackets at Rudsak on Mont-Royal Avenue and in Eaton Centre and at three central locations of M0851. For slimmer wallets, walk down to Winners in Place Montréal Trust off Sainte-Catherine Street for reduced prices on brand-name shirts, jackets,… / Read More →
I like to travel light, usually limiting my luggage to a laptop bag and a carry-on. Simply. Effectively. I like pretty objects that are practical, good designs that last but that are nonetheless remarkable. One of the things I systematically get asked about when I travel–and I swear it happens every time–is: – Excuse me, but may I ask where you got your bag? – Oh, this bag? (I can see their eyes searching for a known brand tag…) It’s from M0851. – It’s really nice. I love the minimal look. Is it from Tokyo? – Actually no, it’s from Montreal. – Reaaaaally…? That leather looks very expensive… – …But it’s not, seriously… – Looks like you just bought it. – I’ve had this one for close to ten years now… …and the conversation often goes on and on to a point where I feel like an actual M0851 salesperson. And you know what? I always feel this certain pride in “showcasing” a distinctive and such well-made product made in Montreal.