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The future of smart wear: beyond the sports app

Smart wear is here. T-shirts, bras, gadgets and watches are wired with sensors to enhance athletic performance and monitor health. In Montreal, OMsignal has developed applications for T-shirts and bras that measure heart rate, breathing, calories burned and other biometrics for health care, personal care and sports. Hexoskin has developed biometric shirts for aerospace, medical [...]

Fashion design: focus on Marie Saint Pierre and UNTTLD

In 1987, Marie Charest had big dreams to launch her fashion design label. Late one evening at the St-Denis St. landmark restaurant L’Express, her friend Thierry made a suggestion: “Use your own name,’’ he advised. That she did, but changed it to Marie Saint Pierre – St-Pierre being her mother’s name. The anecdote is one [...]

Montreal’s retail experience: Chains, chains, change

Montreal's fashion retailers are the subject of Part 4 in a project exploring the city's fashion history. The project is initiated by the Festival Mode & Design, with support from the City of Montreal. Reitmans, Le Château, Dynamite, La Vie en Rose, Laura, Tristan, Marie Claire, Lolë, Frank + Oak, Aldo – and then some. Montreal [...]

Manufacturing: Alvin Segal’s Peerless story

Here is the third instalment in a series of essays on the history of fashion in Montreal. The essays are part of a video project, done with the Festival Mode & Design, with portraits and videography by Dario Ayala, to mark Montreal's 375th anniversary. To come: retail with LE CHÂTEAU's Herschel Segal and Frank And [...]

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Ste-Catherine St.: more than a shopping artery

This is the second in a series of essays on the history of Montreal fashion. Mandated by the Festival Mode & Design, with support from the city of Montreal, the essays accompany a video series that is in its final stages and seeking a broadcast partner. There are six capsules: today, here is a look [...]

Fashion festival kicks off: big shows celebrate Montreal 375 and Canada 150

Olivier Theyskens burst on to the fashion scene around the time I started covering it – in 1998. He was moody and dark, romantic and feminine, and I quickly became a fan. A true talent, he was hired to design the Rochas line, Nina Ricci and then Theory, which put me over the moon as [...]

Éditions de robes opens shop in Museum Quarter, stocks red collection by the Joncas twins

Welcome Editions de robes, second edition. The Mile End dress shop, known for its dedication to the allure of the dress and for nurturing fresh design talent, has opened a branch on Crescent St., in the heart of the Golden Square Mile. Julie Pesant and partner Michel Lepage are carrying the award-winning collection of Frédéric and Mathieu [...]

Duyorama: having fun with the Vetements phenom

It started as a joke, says Duy Nguyen, the couturier with the lavish label DUY. Now he’s opened a popup shop with his Duyoorrr  line of sweats and street wear, in concert with a few other Montreal labels. “You have Valentina on St-Hubert St., you have Prado, and why not Duyoorrr?’’ he said on opening day [...]

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Fashion Preview: Mark Antoine emerges, as does a dystopian view

The buzz about Mark Antoine has been building since his student days at UQAM  just two years ago. This week, fans packed the closing show of the seventh edition of Fashion Preview for a rousing finale to the week. Bursts of orange from burnt to bright and neon green stood out, as did touches of glitter (sleeves [...]

Mark your calendars for Fashion Preview #7: Leinad Beaudet, Helmer are headliners

Fashion Preview, Montreal’s semi-annual showcase of fashion and accessory design, is two weeks away, and Daniel Beaudet will once again be one of the ones to watch with his Leinad Beaudet collection, titled Outremont, ma chère. Always poetic and evocative, Beaudet’s words match the mood of his fashion. From the invitation to the upcoming show: [...]

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