369 Rue Saint-Paul W., Old Montreal
Located in the heart of Old Montreal, this immaculate boutique has a decidedly minimalist bent. All-white shelving holds accessories by Mansur Graviel and Commes des Garçons, while sleek racks are home to crisp, architectural pieces by Roland Mouret and Dried van Noten. The inventory is limited, showcasing only select pieces from each designer's current collection, which speaks to the fact that this is place to find investment pieces.
Clark Street Mercantile
5200 Rue Clark, Mile End
This achingly cool, impeccably styled store is the kind of men’s shop that makes girlfriends, wives, and sisters jealous. That said, his-for-her enthusiasts will find a treasure trove of La Paz stripes, Bleu de Paname pullovers, and limited edition kicks. The buyers put an emphasis on craftsmanship and storytelling over trends, meaning that every purchase is for keeps.
1300 Rue Sherbrooke W., Downtown
With 180 years of fashion history under its belt, Holt Renfrew is to Canada what Bloomingdales or Saks Fifth Avenue is to Americans—a storied luxury department store with a designer roster that hovers in the hundreds (from Mother denim to Margiela and everything in between). Special-touch services like on-site tailoring and monogramming are a lovely throwback to the store’s royal past (Queen Victoria was a fan).
4357 Rue Saint-Laurent, Plateau-Mont-Royal
Ibiki first opened its doors back in 2011, and exists today as a kind of clothing/publications/stationary/housewares emporium for those with more minimalist leanings. There's an artful curation (think largely greys, black, navy) of cult labels big and small like Black Crane, Y-3, Oak NYC, Norse Projects, Converse x Play by CDG sneakers, plus books by D.A.P. Artbooks and MoMa Publications, plus copies of indie magazines like Apartamento, Tunica, and Record—all of which are worth leafing through.
5155 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Mile End
A delightful mix of contemporary design with a Scandinavian bent, the edit here focuses on both bigger furnishings (Simon Legald form chairs, HAY nesting end tables) and giftable decorative-but-useful objects from brands like Stelton and Good Thing. Be prepared to make some room in your suitcase.
5253 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Mile End
Les Étoffes' something-for-everyone edit for both guys and girls translates to pieces by Christophe Lemaire, Patrick Ervell, and Unis, each one lovingly picked by Diana Taborsky and Christopher Girard, who have run the shop together for almost a decade. There are small giftable items, too, like a selection of beauty products by goop-favorite Grown Alchemist , journals by Maya Assouad, which are handmade right here in Montreal, and Linda Farrow eyewear.
395 Notre-Dame Ouest, 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.
90 Rue Saint Paul W., Old Montreal
Sure, there’s the beloved, only-in-Canada department store empire, Holt Renfrew, but Montreal is also home to the bricks-and-mortar of one of our favorite online sites, SSENSE, meaning that any pitstop here requires flipping through the racks. They offer an encyclopedic array of brands, from Balmain to Charlotte Olympia to Diemme.
4960 Rue Sherbrooke W., Westmount
One of the most compelling elements of WANT is its meticulous inventory. This is one of those stores you can count on to stock the basics: that classic blazer, go-to work skirt, or LBD you’ll wear for years. Pieces by Jil Sander, Junya Watanabe, and Acne share shelf space with the boutique’s own WANT Les Essential handbags and Skultuna candle holders. The apothecary is pristine and stocked with Byredo perfumes and Grown Alchemist skincare. And just like the items for sale, the interior design is classic and thoroughly considered. There are also locations in Toronto and Vancouver.
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