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Who to buy, What they make, Where to buy it. ...

Who to buy, What they make, Where to buy it.

Plus, Rachel's Top 10 Wardrobe Must Haves and Faux Pas, Picks for Fall.

Presentation for Montreal Geek Girl Dinners, Sept 16, 2009

By Rachel Dhawan of Brazen Design, Things That Go Bling

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    Buy Local in Montreal Buy Local in Montreal Presentation Transcript

    • How to Look Good and Buy Local Montreal Geek Girl Dinners: The September Issue
    • A teeny bit about me • lover of fashion / hater of fashion industry • BFA in Textiles • Jewellery School Drop Out • Launched Brazen Design in June 2007 • Launched Things That Go Bling in September 2007
    • Why Buy Local? • keeps your carbon footprint to a minimum • supports emerging designers • gives you access to unique, limited edition and one-of-a-kind pieces • supports many local industries: textile designers and manufacturers, pattern makers, designers, seamstresses, shoemakers, leatherworkers, jewellers, retailers, artisans, craftspersons and trades people • custom-made and bespoke work made just for you • higher quality • good karma
    • Clothing my favourite independent fashion designers: style, fabrics and a peek at their current collections
    • Jennifer Glasgow • eco-friendly textiles • casual • pockets • high waist • unique tailoring • co-owner General 54 & Local 23 • www.jenniferglasgowdesign.co
    • Valerie Dumaine • graphic tailoring • more formal • classy meets sexy • structured shapes • www.valeriedumaine.com
    • Eve Gravel • formal • sleek tailoring • sexy librarian • incredible fabrics • great detailing • www.evegravel.com
    • Anastasia Lomonova • feminine • whimsical • often uses eco-friendly fabrics • young - launched her line in 2006 at the age of 22 • interned with Valerie Dumaine • www.anastasialomonova.com
    • MEG Couture • extremely high quality tailoring • custom orders • feminine, soft edges • curvy girls • www.megcouture.ca
    • BodyBag by J.U.D.E. • feminine • jeans • winter coats • www.jude.qc.ca
    • Birds of North America • created in 2007 by Hayley Gibson • all pieces designed and named after birds • young, sexy uniform aesthetic • www.shopbirdsofnorthamerica.c om
    • Denim made in montreal with love
    • Second Clothing • made-in-montreal denim • yoga jean: highest industry shape retention, lifting/ smoothing and comfortable • large variety of fits: skinny, trouser, boot, shorts, capris • innovative, attention to quality • good for curvy figures • www.secondclothing.com
    • Guido & Mary • made-in-montreal denim • women & men’s • variety of cuts: jumpers, high waisted trousers, pencil/cigarette pants • variety of colours: grey, white, red, black • thinner, tomboy frame (emphasis on making flat bums looks good) • www.guidoandmary.com
    • Accessories bling, belts and bags - oh my!
    • Roadkill • multi-talented • jewellery, leather bags, belts and clothing • urban aesthetic • www.roadkillroadkill.com
    • Deborah Adams • recycled leather belts and bags • seamstress for Lustre Boutique • past owner of Body Con on St Laurent • www.deborahadamsbagsandbel ts.blogspot.com • available at Lustre Boutique and La Gaillarde
    • Norwegian Wood • multi-talented • leggings, fringe necklaces and earrings, elastic harnesses • often uses vintage materials and hardware • i repeat: handmade leggings! • co-owner, Headquarters Boutique • www.iheartnorwegianwood.etsy. com
    • Where to buy A selection of my favourite boutiques
    • General 54 • 54 St Viateur • www.general54blogspot.com • Sister store to Local 23 • Made in Canada (mostly Montreal) designers: clothes, jewellery, housewares • vintage selection • Owners and workers involved in Montreal Fashion scene
    • Lustre Boutique • 4429 Boulevard Saint Laurent • www.lustreboutique.com • Clothing collection from owner Yasmine Wasfy: feminine, retro, curvy girls • Recycled leather bags and belts from Lustre seamstress Deborah Adams • Montreal made hats, bags and jewellery
    • Unicorn Boutique • 5135 St Laurent • www.boutiqueunicorn.com • New (1 yr old) • Montreal, US and Swedish brands • Small but select vintage section • UniCollective workshops
    • L’Arterie • 176 Bernard West • www.arterieboutique.blogspot.c om • housewares, vintage, new independent fashion designers, jewellery • large selection of vegan shoe brands • former woman-run artist gallery El Corazon
    • Le Marche MTL • 24 Des Pins E. • www.lemarchemtl.com • Montreal, US and Asia • teeny-tiny • edgy fashion (not conservative) • great vintage shoe selection
    • Headquarters • 1649 Amherst • www.hqgalerieboutique.com • The Village • also an art gallery • art, clothing, jewellery, bags made in montreal, canada, us, asia
    • Perfide • 4207 Notre Dame • www.vachemorte.com • Saint Henri • emphasis on Quebecois designers • Owner’s line SweetMeat available in store: all handmade
    • Fairs! • Puces Pop (3 x a year) • St Laurent Street Fair, at Galerie La Centrale • souk@sat (xmas) • Salon des Metiers D’Art (xmas) • STYLIST’S OWN (2 x a year) • Indyish *photo from mynta * solange on facebook
    • Online • Mudshark Streetwear (based in Toronto) • Chiccane.com (based in MTL) • Etsy (use the Shop Local feature) • Green Is Black (dot ca) • Greenloop
    • Top 10 Wardrobe Must-Haves
    • 1. The Dress Shirt • crisp collar • any colour, but preferably white, black, red, grey or navy blue • comfortable fit, not too tight • combine with trousers, norwegian wood harness and colourful heels • recommended: Frederique blouse from Valerie Dumaine
    • 2. The Trouser • higher waist (bellybutton) • comfortable, breathable fabric like cotton or linen • wear with open-toe wedges • recommended: Jennifer Glasgow’s Loni High Waisted Trouser on sale for $49 at jenniferglasgowboutique.com, Valerie Dumaine’s Alexa Pant on sale for $109 at mudsharkstreetwear.com
    • 3. The Dress • structured tailoring • full skirt • knee-length • pleating • belted • recommended:Camilla & Karma dress from Deux FM (made in NS with eco-friendly fabric and
    • 4.The Cardigan • find a length that works for you: long, cropped or to the waist • pockets • buttoned (no zips!) • silk, bamboo and/or wool content • recommended: Kitchen Orange Swilla cardigan or Valerie Dumaine’s Simone cardigan (on sale for $89)
    • 5. The Jacket • tailored • buttoned • structured • hip-length • medium weight fabric • recommended: Eve Gravel Scissor Hands Jacket
    • 6. The Boot • ankle, knee or halfway between • real leather • wedge, flat or chunky heel • look for interesting detailing • invest $ for quality • recommended: Fluevog, 3857 St Denis, www.fluevog.com • Tip: sign up for Chatte Bottee’s mailing list for vintage shoe sale news!
    • 7. The Belt • preferably one skinny, one wide • leather • simple metal buckle - no sliders, rhinestones or flasks • recommended: Deborah Adams recycled leather pucker button belt, available from Lustre Boutique • www.deborahadamsbagsandbel ts.blogspot.com/
    • 8. The Bling • one item you can wear everyday, that has significance to you and says something about who you are • precious stones and metal [no plastic! no made in china!] can be vintage, family heirloom, made in montreal, reclaimed, gold, silver, wood, leather, stone, glass • recommended: Vintage gold- plated leaves on vintage ribbon from LaRaffinerie.etsy.com
    • 9. The Bag • medium sized • leather (no canvas, nylon, vinyl or textile) • look for soft vs stiff leather, as it will wear better and stay good looking even with scratches and stains • recommended: Deborah Adams recycled leather bags available at Lustre Boutique (~$200)
    • 10. The Scarf/Shawl • choose different fabrics for different seasons • great way of incorporating colour and pattern into your outfit • easy and functional accessory • look for silk, wool, cashmere, cotton • worthwhile $ investment • recommended: Mobius scarf, Born To Knit by Colette Van Haaren, available at Katrin Leblond
    • Fall Picks • dark nailpolish • red lips • structured leather and denim • gingham • tall boots • high, belted and full skirts
    • Faux Pas • Don’t overdo prints. • Don’t overdo shiny. • Don’t dress ironically. • Don’t buy stuff just cuz it’s on sale. • Don’t wear really tight or really baggy clothing • Don’t just wear what everyone else is wearing. (i.e. Uggs) • Don’t wear Uggs. • Don’t wear leggings as pants. • Don’t take it too seriously. • Don’t let your friends tell you how to dress.
    • But please do... • have fun with fashion • wear what feels good • try to support local designers when you can • upcycle, swap and repair your old clothes, shoes, bags and belts
    • Want more? • Blogs • Things That Go Bling • A la mode Montreal (FR) • Boutique blogs • City Guides • Conscious Consumption Map • IdStyle Montreal Spotlight • Publications • Puces Pop Designer Handbook • Worn Journal • Orgs • Lab Creatif