Guest Writer & Stylist: Davina www.geniusstyle.com.au
I heart Montreal….
I spent two great years living in Montreal, Canada and it truly is a lovely town. The old world cobblestone streets mixed in with modern cosmopolitan edge – this is a city that may not be well known for being a shopping destination, but these are four of the best stores and malls that the locals love.
123 Mount Royal Ave. West
Montreal H2T 2S9
For vintage accessories, boho dresses, and gorgeous embellished sandals and flats, check out Harmony Code. Local designers are mixed in with handmade pieces from Brazil, Greece and Turkey, and it’s easy to take a few of the gorgeous accessories to jazz up a simple outfit or go all out with free spirited style that’s chic and well priced.
1300 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal H3G 1H9.
A stone’s throw from the Museum of Fine Arts, Holts is a designer label lover’s haven (including these Kate Spade heels that I’d gladly live on cereal for the next month for – www.holtrenfrew.com). Holts Montreal has a complementary, yes complementary personal shopping service, a “Made to Measure” men’s suiting service and a gourmet café. If you’re not careful, you’re bound to go broke as a trip here is a day out in itself!
Vetements Old Gold (Heritage)
4357 St Laurent Boulevard
Montreal H2W 1Z8
Old Gold is a boutique with a unique mix of preppy chic clothing hand-picked by the owner from Swedish, Hong Kong and Tokyo designers along with accessories that can only be described as cool on another level (like this ear phone necklace http://oldgoldboutique.com/shop/ear-buds ). Old Gold is a must visit for items that reflect Montreal’s cool European-esque style that you can wear all over the globe.
2151 Boulevard Lapiniere
Brossard QC J4W 2T5
Finally for all things bargain, there’s the Mall Champlain, located 20 minutes over the Jacques Cartier Bridge into Brossard, featuring all the usual big name retail suspects such as Sears, Zara, The Bay, Aldo Shoes, H&M and great Canadian based stores like Style Exchange and Dynamite. Check out the website before you visit. The store directory has a great colour coded feature called Style Ethic that tells you which retailers support socially responsible shopping and environmentally friendly manufacturing!
A Note on the Language…
Even though it is a mark of respect to learn the language of another country before you visit, do not be too intimidated or worried if your French is not up to par before you visit Montreal, almost all stores and the people are bilingual and are usually very excited to hear a foreign accent!
Quebeccers are the most friendly, accommodating people and sights and shopping aside, the warmth of the people in Montreal and their enthusiasm to show off their beautiful city is what will make your experience in Montreal unforgettable.
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