Montreal - FASHION & SHOPPING
December 5th, 2013
The only thing that feels better than giving a great gift is knowing that proceeds from the purchase are helping others, too. Herewith a selection of gifts (all under $40) that will make you the hero of the gift exchange.
A designer mug? Yes, please! This collaboration between Keurig and Pink Tartan’s Kimberley Newport-Mimran ($19.99) is as chic as can be and all profits go to the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation. At Keurig.ca
The rich cocoa butter formula deeply moisturizes and 100% of the purchase price of Lush Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion ($22.95) goes to support charities around the world. Hello, perfect stocking stuffer! At Lush.ca
We’re pretty much obsessed with mercury glass, so we’re buying Pottery Barn’s Candle Pot ($29.50) and Votive Set ($19.50) in multiples. Hey – we’ve been good. Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to children’s hospital charities. At PotteryBarn.com
Almost everyone has a need for a reusable water bottle – but not many help to build wells. This 500ml glass water bottle ($29) from Obakki features a silicone sleeve and 100 per cent of proceeds go to drill water wells in South Sudan. Drink up! At Obakki.com
You've been wearing your heart on your sleeve with Cause We Care bracelets. Now the Vancouver charity has teamed up with La Notte to create this limited edition T-shirt ($35) benefiting local families in need. Now you can wear your heart on your… heart. At Aritzia.com
Tradeworks employs women at risk in their Vancouver Downtown Eastside Women’s Workshop and trains them in life, employment, and carpentry skills. These refillable maple wood pens ($40) are made from reclaimed Canadian hardwoods and include engraving at no extra cost. Give this to someone who can write a story as meaningful as the one behind the pen. At Tradeworks.com
December 3rd, 2013
Isabel Marant x H&M came and went. Up next? Mélissa Nepton x Target.
Quick recap: The Montreal-based designer won the Target Emerging Designer Award at Montreal Fashion Week last February, taking home a $25K grant and the chance to design a collection to be sold at Target stores in Quebec.
Less than a year later – this Sunday, to be precise – we’ll finally get to shop her creations. True to her aesthetic, the collection features plenty of black and white, playful prints and a handful of party-perfect dresses.
And in true Target style, prices top off at $69.99. — Christine Laroche
Tunic is $39.99, www.target.ca
November 26th, 2013
Boutique 1861 has a brand-new sister store.
And while the former pleases girly-girls with its ultra-feminine aesthetic, La Petite Garçonne has a rock n’ roll edge we love: Just think of it as the foil to the frou-frou, the yin to the yang or the leather jacket to the party dress.
Expect to find – and swoon over – a selection of expertly curated pieces by the likes of Mackage, French Connection, Ted Baker and Dolce Vita in a super-sleek space.
Time to unleash our inner (sophisticated) tomboy. —Christine Laroche
3650 St-Laurent, Montreal, 514-507-7112, http://1861.ca
November 19th, 2013
Soon enough, our schedule will be packed with cocktail parties, gift-wrapping and cookie-eating.
Translation? Better get those workouts in now while we still can. And because nothing inspires us quite like new gym-going outfits, we’re heading straight to Reitmans.com to get our hands on Hyba, the brand’s all-new athletic line.
Our favourite piece? These fun patterned leggings ($30) because really, nobody needs another pair of black bottoms.
Consider this a sneak peek: The full line debuts in store this January just in time for – you guessed it! – New Year’s resolutions. —Christine Laroche
November 13th, 2013
Get in line – literally!
The highly anticipated collection makes its in-store debut tomorrow morning and as with any H&M designer collab, it’s expected to sell out faster than you can say Parisian boho-chic.
But don’t let the crowds discourage you from snagging a pair of fringed booties or an embellished jacket: The bracelet system (each shopper in line is given a time frame when he or she can return to shop) makes things run surprisingly smoothly.
1100 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-788-4590, www.hm.com
November 12th, 2013
To complete any outfit with panache this winter, put a hat on it.
And to make this so much easier, we now have access to all of designer Corine A. Serruya’s masterpieces under one roof at the new Ophelie Hats store. Even better? Most of her chapeaus are made right here in Montreal and, for the most part, ring in at under $100.
So what’ll it be? Sporty baseball cap? Retro cloche? Wide brimmed hat? Kate Middleton-esque fascinator?
Maybe we’ll just go for one of each. —Christine Laroche
3868 St-Laurent, Montreal, www.opheliehats.com
November 8th, 2013
Designer Rad Hourani is one of Montreal’s top exports.
His critically acclaimed collections have been shown sold and shown around the world, including in Paris where he presented the first unisex show in fashion history during last January’s haute couture shows
This month, we’re reclaiming a little piece of him with an exhibition that retraces the past five years of his career and a pop-up shop, both at Centre Phi until November 30.
P.S. Rad Hourani is hosting a talk tonight and – bonus! – it’s free.
Count us in. – Christine Laroche
407 Saint-Pierre St., Montreal, 514-225-0525, http://phi-centre.com/en/events/id/radhourani
November 5th, 2013
Dark days. Grey skies. Pervy mustaches. Yup, it’s definitely November.
Because the boys supported last month’s pink endeavors, we’re returning the favor and supporting Movember by – what else?! – shopping.
Leave it Montreal’s Frank & Oak to create the ultimate style-meets-substance shirt ($55, with 20 per cent going to men’s health programs), which is guaranteed to stay in rotation long after those ‘staches have been shaved. www.frankandoak.com
And speaking of shaving: Is it December yet?! —Christine Laroche
October 29th, 2013
We tend to think that bigger is better, especially when it comes to – ahem! – stores.
Topshop and Topman seem to agree, as they significantly increased their square footage on Québécois soil from a skimpy 6,000 at Hudson’s Bay downtown to a sprawling 22,000 (that’s 12,500 at Carrefour Laval + 9,500 at Galeries d’Anjou).
And proof that the new stores are bigger and better? The slick new boutiques offer everything from a denim bar and beauty finds to personal styling and limited edition collections.
Ready, set, shop. —Christine Laroche
3035 Boul. le Carrefour and 7999 Boul. des Galeries d’Anjou, Montreal, www.thebay.com
October 22nd, 2013
Cute sweatshirts and message tees are having a moment.
To get our fix, we’re beelining to Billie.
This season, the boutique is carrying an extensive array of pieces from cult classic (and celebrity favourite), L.A.-based brand Wildfox. But don’t think it’s all off-duty message tees and adorbs sweaters: The brand has also launched a denim collection, as well as ready-to-wear pieces and eyewear.
A little piece of L.A., right on our very own Laurier Avenue.
Love. —Christine Laroche
1012 Laurier Ave. W., Montreal, 514-270-5415, http://billieboutique.com