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

...
Why Buy Local?

• keeps your carbon footprint to a minimum


• supports emerging designers


• gives you access to unique,...
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 ...
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.c...
Anastasia Lomonova

• feminine


• whimsical


• often uses eco-friendly fabrics


• young - launched her line in
  2006 a...
MEG Couture

• extremely high quality tailoring


• custom orders


• feminine, soft edges


• curvy girls


• www.megcout...
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, se...
Denim	

made in montreal with love
Second Clothing

• made-in-montreal denim


• yoga jean: highest industry
  shape retention, lifting/
  smoothing and comf...
Guido & Mary

• made-in-montreal denim


• women & men’s


• variety of cuts: jumpers, high
  waisted trousers, pencil/cig...
Accessories

bling, belts and bags - oh my!
Roadkill

• multi-talented


• jewellery, leather bags, belts
  and clothing


• urban aesthetic


• www.roadkillroadkill....
Deborah Adams

• recycled leather belts and bags


• seamstress for Lustre Boutique


• past owner of Body Con on St
  Lau...
Norwegian Wood

• multi-talented


• leggings, fringe necklaces and
  earrings, elastic harnesses


• often uses vintage m...
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
  Montre...
Lustre Boutique

• 4429 Boulevard Saint Laurent


• www.lustreboutique.com


• Clothing collection from owner
  Yasmine Wa...
Unicorn Boutique

• 5135 St Laurent


• www.boutiqueunicorn.com


• New (1 yr old)


• Montreal, US and Swedish
  brands

...
L’Arterie

• 176 Bernard West


• www.arterieboutique.blogspot.c
  om


• housewares, vintage, new
  independent fashion d...
Le Marche MTL

• 24 Des Pins E.


• www.lemarchemtl.com


• Montreal, US and Asia


• teeny-tiny


• edgy fashion (not con...
Headquarters

• 1649 Amherst


• www.hqgalerieboutique.com


• The Village


• also an art gallery


• art, clothing, jewe...
Perfide

• 4207 Notre Dame


• www.vachemorte.com


• Saint Henri


• emphasis on Quebecois
  designers


• Owner’s line Sw...
Fairs!

• Puces Pop (3 x a year)


• St Laurent Street Fair, at Galerie
  La Centrale


• souk@sat (xmas)


• Salon des Me...
Online

• Mudshark Streetwear (based in
  Toronto)


• Chiccane.com (based in MTL)


• Etsy (use the Shop Local
  feature)...
Top 10 Wardrobe Must-Haves
1. The Dress Shirt

• crisp collar


• any colour, but preferably white,
  black, red, grey or navy blue


• comfortable fi...
2. The Trouser

• higher waist (bellybutton)


• comfortable, breathable fabric
  like cotton or linen


• wear with open-...
3. The Dress

• structured tailoring


• full skirt


• knee-length


• pleating


• belted


• recommended:Camilla & Karm...
4.The Cardigan
• find a length that works for you:
  long, cropped or to the waist


• pockets


• buttoned (no zips!)


• ...
5. The Jacket

• tailored


• buttoned


• structured


• hip-length


• medium weight fabric


• recommended: Eve Gravel
...
6. The Boot

• ankle, knee or halfway between


• real leather


• wedge, flat or chunky heel


• look for interesting deta...
7. The Belt

• preferably one skinny, one wide


• leather


• simple metal buckle - no sliders,
  rhinestones or flasks


...
8. The Bling

• one item you can wear
  everyday, that has significance
  to you and says something
  about who you are


•...
9. The Bag

• medium sized


• leather (no canvas, nylon, vinyl
  or textile)


• look for soft vs stiff leather, as it
  ...
10. The Scarf/Shawl

• choose different fabrics for different
  seasons

• great way of incorporating colour
  and pattern...
Fall Picks

• dark nailpolish


• red lips


• structured leather and denim


• gingham


• tall boots


• high, belted an...
Faux Pas

• Don’t overdo prints.
• Don’t overdo shiny.
• Don’t dress ironically.
• Don’t buy stuff just cuz it’s on
  sale...
But please do...

• have fun with fashion


• wear what feels good


• try to support local designers
  when you can


• u...
Want more?

• Blogs
   • Things That Go Bling
   • A la mode Montreal (FR)
   • Boutique blogs
• City Guides
   • Consciou...
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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

  1. 1. How to Look Good and Buy Local Montreal Geek Girl Dinners: The September Issue
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. Clothing my favourite independent fashion designers: style, fabrics and a peek at their current collections
  5. 5. Jennifer Glasgow • eco-friendly textiles • casual • pockets • high waist • unique tailoring • co-owner General 54 & Local 23 • www.jenniferglasgowdesign.co
  6. 6. Valerie Dumaine • graphic tailoring • more formal • classy meets sexy • structured shapes • www.valeriedumaine.com
  7. 7. Eve Gravel • formal • sleek tailoring • sexy librarian • incredible fabrics • great detailing • www.evegravel.com
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. MEG Couture • extremely high quality tailoring • custom orders • feminine, soft edges • curvy girls • www.megcouture.ca
  10. 10. BodyBag by J.U.D.E. • feminine • jeans • winter coats • www.jude.qc.ca
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. Denim made in montreal with love
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. Accessories bling, belts and bags - oh my!
  16. 16. Roadkill • multi-talented • jewellery, leather bags, belts and clothing • urban aesthetic • www.roadkillroadkill.com
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. Where to buy A selection of my favourite boutiques
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. Unicorn Boutique • 5135 St Laurent • www.boutiqueunicorn.com • New (1 yr old) • Montreal, US and Swedish brands • Small but select vintage section • UniCollective workshops
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. Le Marche MTL • 24 Des Pins E. • www.lemarchemtl.com • Montreal, US and Asia • teeny-tiny • edgy fashion (not conservative) • great vintage shoe selection
  25. 25. Headquarters • 1649 Amherst • www.hqgalerieboutique.com • The Village • also an art gallery • art, clothing, jewellery, bags made in montreal, canada, us, asia
  26. 26. Perfide • 4207 Notre Dame • www.vachemorte.com • Saint Henri • emphasis on Quebecois designers • Owner’s line SweetMeat available in store: all handmade
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. Online • Mudshark Streetwear (based in Toronto) • Chiccane.com (based in MTL) • Etsy (use the Shop Local feature) • Green Is Black (dot ca) • Greenloop
  29. 29. Top 10 Wardrobe Must-Haves
  30. 30. 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
  31. 31. 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
  32. 32. 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
  33. 33. 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)
  34. 34. 5. The Jacket • tailored • buttoned • structured • hip-length • medium weight fabric • recommended: Eve Gravel Scissor Hands Jacket
  35. 35. 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!
  36. 36. 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/
  37. 37. 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
  38. 38. 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)
  39. 39. 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
  40. 40. Fall Picks • dark nailpolish • red lips • structured leather and denim • gingham • tall boots • high, belted and full skirts
  41. 41. 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.
  42. 42. 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
  43. 43. 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
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