Ibis Bracelet by Harakiri Daikoku Pendant by Harakiri Harakiri are a Montreal based company. I first heard of them because of their work with Denis Gagnon. They produced some absolutely stunning jewellery for his many of his runway shows including Spring 2009. The themes run a little dark in their jewellery as you can tell by the mouse skull.
There was no photography at the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit so I never felt that compelled to blog about it immediately. I did purchase something hilarious though, a YSL paper doll book called Yves St. Laurent Fashion Reviewby Tom Tierney (I just discovered some of his other books, OMG!!!!!). I really regret not buying 2 copies, just so I could cut up one. images: scans by me and mmfa.qc.ca
Another great shop in Montreal is u&i. It’s located on St Laurent but I didn’t manage to get any pictures. They weren’t as friendly as Thomas from Reborn so I didn’t bother to ask. From the Brand list you can imagine that it’s pretty cool.
On the train ride over I met a photographer named Jared. We were walking in the same direction when we got off the train and he snapped this photo of me.
A vintage beaded bag This was one of my purchases in Montreal as I was told to hit up the vintage shops. I’ve been looking for a small, clutch like bag that can fit my Smartphone (Blackberry now) and my camera. This does both and is pretty, yay! This was purchased at Friperie St-Laurent, 3976, boulevard Saint-Laurent.
One of the coolest shops in Montreal is Reborn. Adrian from Fashion Verbatim recommended that I check it out. It’s in old Montreal and I visited it after my stop at the Notre-Dame Basilica. I had forgotten the address that Adrian had given me and I was wandering around looking and then I saw the window and I knew I found the place. Thomas (I think that is his name according to Adrian) was in the shop and he was so friendly and helpful. We talked fashion a bit and I mentioned that I was from T.O. and a blogger. Turns out he knows Tommy Ton from jakandjil.com. We are both eagerly awaiting Tommy’s photos from his travels during the fashion weeks. He’s even seen my blog before and that totally blew my mind. It still to this day surprises me when I meet people that have read this site. He showed me a lot of the great pieces in the shop like the my new obsession, the Denis Gagnon leather hoodie; it’s absolutely to …
I did some touristy stuff and saw the ChÃ¢teau Ramezay Museum in Old Montreal. At the heart of MontrÃ©al life for more than 300 years, the ChÃ¢teau Ramezay has been conserving and presenting our heritage since 1895. Whether you are a Montrealer or a visitor passing through, whatever your age, the doors to history are open to you. Our Museum offers you the opportunity to relive history through its permanent exhibition and its garden, and it also organizes many educational and cultural activities linked to the life of our community.
Jackets from Mackage I need another jacket like I need a hole in the head but these two from Mackage are pretty nice. The one with the architectural collar is wool. The other is nylon and packable. I like the idea of being able to pack up a jacket. I have a packable but it’s a lot more utilitarian and not very fashion. Mackage has a brand new online store now too. images: mackage.com
I had to have some Montreal smoked meat so I went to Schwartz’s.
Kitch and Swell on Saint Laurent was the cutest shop I visited.
Notre-Dame Basilica of MontrÃ©al Toronto doesn’t have anything this awe-inspiring beautiful. It’s a shame. I’ve never seen anything so spectacular in my life. I cried, it was so moving. My pictures don’t do it justice and it’s something that everyone needs to see. When it was founded in 1642, the village, then known as Ville-Marie, had its first wooden chapel inside the palisade at Pointe-Ã -CalliÃ¨re, today the site of Montreal’s major archaeological museum. Dedicated to Our Lady the Blessed Virgin â€“ “Notre Dameâ€ â€“ the small original chapel was operated at first by the Jesuits. Then came the Sulpician Fathers, who in 1657 undertook construction of a larger church. The Sulpician FranÃ§ois Dollier de Casson was its architect, and the present-day Notre-Dame Street served as the original site. Its construction, in Baroque style was completed between 1672 and 1683. By 1800, Dollier’s church had become too small, and the Fabrique decided to build the church we know today. To design the new church, the building council engaged the services of the New York architect James …
As you read this I’ll be writing away on Wifi on the train to Montreal. I’ll be connected and will probably post a bit about my mini vacation. I plan on checking out the vintage shops as I hear they are amazing. I also will be spending a lot of time walking around Old Montreal. Of course, I real reason I’m heading down is to see the YSL exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art and hang out with Adrian from Fashion Verbatim. Twitter will probably be the best way to get up to the minute ramblings about my Montreal trip. You can follow me here.
Yoga Jeans from Second Clothing. They came out last year amid the yoga buzz but somehow I missed hearing about them. It’s only after I received an email from Jennifer from Mudsharkstreetwear.com that I became intrigued. I was looking for another pair of dark skinny denim for the fall to wear with boots. This is what the website says: Jeans are not generally associated with perfect comfort. They tend to impede the large movements of the body and restrain and ususual stretching. But Second has changed all that! Combing fashion and comfort, Second Yoga Jeans are perfect for any lifestyle with an emphasis on well-being, flexibility and relaxation. Made of top-quality denim containing 97% brushed cotton and 3% elastane, Second Yoga Jeans hug the curves of the body in any position. They fit the ups and downs of a hectic day and metamorphose into laid-back fashion in the evening. Second uses denim with 92 percent shape memory, while the industry standard is only 64 percent. And thanks to their revolutionary treatment, the cuts and styles …
Valerie Dumaine Skinny Pant
Dangle earrings by neawear Acorn Necklace This is so cute images courtesy of Nea Jewelry
Sometimes readers ask me questions. If they are of value to all my readers I post them online. If you have a question, please feel free to submit it using the contact form. I’ll definitely do my best to answer it. I want – I got reader Cathy wrote: i just can’t get enough…of Mackage! all i want is Mackage, Mackage & more Mackage. not too much to ask for, right? so, where & when is the next sample sale in Toronto & how do i get on this list for invite???? I’ve never gotten any Mackage sample sale invites for the Toronto area before. I can’t say I’ve hear of one happening in the GTA either. However, they do have sample sales in Montreal where they are based out of. Sign up to their mailing list and they will email you when it happens. This season’s sale happened in October. I’m not sure if it’s a yearly occurrence. Now is a good time to look at stores that sell Mackage for fall winter clearance …