Old Montreal Shops
70 St. Paul St. O, Old Montreal
Denis Gagnon has an uncanny ability to work with leather in a way that feels sculptural and romantic at the same time. He works in a largely black palette, and no, his designs aren’t for the faint of heart—with details like exposed gold zippers, sequins, and cutouts on blazers, asymmetrical dresses, and blouses. Gagnon, also known for his thick black eyeglasses and heavy French-Canadian accent, was born in Montreal, so after spending years abroad working in Morocco in costume design, his return was a homecoming. The brand is adored for its eclectic ready-to-wear and custom one-off creations; the flagship store, located on a cobblestoned street in Old Montreal, has been around for almost a decade.
369 Rue St. Paul O, Old Montreal
Located in the heart of Old Montreal, this immaculate boutique has a decidedly minimalist bent. All-white shelving holds accessories by Mansur Gavriel and Commes des Garçons, while sleek racks are home to crisp, architectural pieces by Roland Mouret and Dries van Noten. The inventory is limited, showcasing only select items from each designer's current collection, which speaks to the fact that this is place to find investment pieces.
395 Rue Notre-Dame O, Old Montreal
Though it's primarily a guy's shop, there’s a surprising amount at Rooney that women will want to co-opt for themselves. Many of the obscure Japanese and European lines (Our Legacy, La Paz) can be easily sized down. Plus, there’s a kickass home and gifts section.
418 Rue St. Sulpice, Old Montreal
Sure, there’s the beloved, only-in-Canada department store empire Holt Renfrew, but Montreal is also home to a five-story, David Chipperfield–designed brick-and-mortar store of one of our favorite online sites, SSENSE. It offers an encyclopedic array of brands, from Balmain to Charlotte Olympia to Diemme.
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