On a recent trip to Montreal not only did I eat myself into a food coma, but I trolled up and down the uber cool city streets and tried on clothes I couldn’t afford and accessories that weighed more than I did. Montreal you are so cool. But aren’t too cool, which is why I love you, because you truly are accepting, free spirited and full of diversity. You are so alive and oozing with culture, you cultivate this amazing breed of Canadians that are overflowing with design talent it makes the rest of us schmucks out West look . . . well what we look like, hillbilly wannabes with too much money and absolutely no taste (with the exception of everyone at NEAT, we are poor and have great taste).
I bought a select few items on my trip and made sure they were all by Montreal designers and to my knowledge crafted and/or manufactured in Montreal as well. Let’s call this post an Ode to Montreal Designers, similar to Leslie’s Canadian Fashion post, but with a focus on Montreal in particular.
First let’s talk about this incredible dress. The designer is named Marigold by Marilyne Baril and I got this dress from General 54, a beautiful little boutique shop slinging Canadian gear to the tits. Marigold by Marilyne Baril’s style is fresh, edgy but also feminine and very black and white – I also love the mullet action.
Moving on to this porcelain necklace . . . Merida Anderson from YYY Collection made this amazing little goodie and she also makes porcelain dishes/objects. Her designs are minimalist by nature, heavily geometric and play with different textures and finishes of porcelain. She’s got a new collection coming out TODAY so please head to her site and check it out. And don’t forget to check out her impressive resume of accomplishments and list of talents.
Lastly we move onto this beautiful handcrafted wallet! This piece was designed and created by Atelier Martin Dhust. It’s the softest leather I’ve ever laid my hands on. The craft is impeccable and the size perfectly fits your boarding pass. It also serves a dual purpose – wallet and clutch. I had the toughest time choosing between black or white . . . so I might just have to order the white one too?!
I bet you are wondering where this astronaut coat came from? To keep on the ‘Canadian’ theme I’ve got an honourable mention going out to a non-Montreal designer, but still one of my favourite Canadian fashion designers, Lara Presber. This beauty was from one of her past collections – it’s hands down the most fashionable raincoat I’ve ever owned! You will be disappointed to hear that it cannot be purchased anymore, so you can vicariously live through me and come back to NEAT and view this post at your leisure.
Take me back to Montreal! Where I can get clothes and accessories to be the woman I was meant to be!!
Thank you Sarah Knorr for the incredible photos, you are EVERYTHING.