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 [...]

Shopping Toronto: a picture diary. Captivating shoes, department store blur, plus salami

It's a big blur: four days in Toronto shopping from Yorkdale and Yorkville to the Eaton Centre and Ossington St. Saks, The Bay, The Room at The Bay, Nordstrom times two (at Eaton Centre and Yorkdale), Uniqlo, etc. What stood out: mainly the shoes. Darling Miu Miu Maryjanes at Nordstrom, Erdem at The Bay, Dries Van Noten [...]

Lessons in retail from Rebecca Minkoff

Rebecca Minkoff can tell a compelling story, that was clear as the designer held sway at an intimate lunch for media at Ogilvy’s Tudor Hall last week. That storytelling knack is certainly one key to her company's success. A California native who burst onto the scene in New York with a version of the  “I love [...]

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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Cabinet Éphémère: Quebec designer popup shop blooms at Rockland

‎Four years and growing, the Cabinet Éphémère, that roving popup of Quebec designers, has moved into Rockland Centre. The store is a delight, festooned with flowers and pink planter pots, with a beige carpet that has been brought to life with the graffiti-esque scrawlings of Ojo. Fitting rooms are art installations – garden scenes, giant [...]

Suitsupply lands in Montreal, part of retail changeover on de la Montagne

Prepare to be awed by the latest addition to Montreal's Golden Square Mile retail renaissance on de la Montagne. And ladies, prepare to be jealous. Suitsupply, the Dutch menswear company, has landed on the block of stately Victorian mansions between de Maisonneuve Blvd. and Sherbrooke St. W. The store is breathtakingly modern and spectacular, 4,000 [...]

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Retail report: we’re shopping, not dropping

Surprise, surprise: Canadian fashion retailing is healthy. So says Randy Harris, president of Trendex North America. From Ohio, based in Florida, and specializing in Canadian, Mexican retail and e-commerce apparel markets, Harris shared his Canadian apparel insights at a recent meeting of Vêtement Québec – his 13th time as a guest of the industry association. [...]

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A bijou of a hotel: Birks to become boutique hotel, store to stay

Big news for Montreal: Maison Birks, the jewelry store founded in 1879, which has pride of place on the corner of Ste-Catherine and Phillips Square, will be transformed into a boutique hotel. Construction of the Hotel Birks is slated to start in spring 2017, with opening in spring of 2018. The transformation of the building, [...]

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First look at Harry Rosen’s redesigned Montreal flagship

After two years, the redesigned, expanded Harry Rosen flagship store in Les Cours Mont Royal is finally finished – just about. With a $15 million investment, the Canadian menswear luxury retailer has added spit and polish and a who's who of designer boutiques – plus 70 per cent more space – to the store. Larry [...]

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Lessons in retail from Bonnie Brooks

Be bold, be brave and harness technology: Those were a few of many messages from Bonnie Brooks, the retail wizard whose latest feat of merchandising/marketing/fashion magic was to turn around the tired old battleship that was Hudson's Bay Company. "We are the real thing,'' she declared to the crowd, recounting the storied history of the company [...]

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