January 4, 2014

damage in montreal

I did some damage in Montreal yesterday. Alot of damage. EEEKKK!! I quickly realized how odd it was to be able to TOUCH the clothing and TRY THEM ON. I am so used to online shopping thanks to the absolutely shitty selection here in Ottawa that I forgot how much fun it was and how useful it is to figure out if something fits before purchasing. A crazy concept, I know. (And hopefully soon I'll get some pics up on desiretoinspire.net of my favourite store of all time - and no, it doesn't involve clothing or footwear).

Our first stop was at Les Createurs, who appeared to be closed. ??? So we walked back to the car where my husband almost lost his ears in the 2 minutes we were outside because he didn't wear his toque. IDIOT! Then we made our way to TNT - they're website is awful but I know they carry some Rick Owens Lilies. I tried the 4 Lilies items they had and liked none of it. :( We then headed to their lower level to check out all the sale items. I found this gorgeous Isaac Sellam leather shearling jacket but it was tiny....but then on the next rack I found another Isaac Sellam jacket - THAT FIT! Love the long knit sleeves with thumb holes. And it was 70% off, thank gawd. 




Then we stopped at Reborn where I drooled over all their amazing jewelry (like this thorn pendant by Pearls Before Swine and this ring by Areille de Pinto). I picked up my first decent quality basic t-shirt - a black one by Acne. The cotton is thick and fabulous and totally beats the F21 crap I usually have to wear. I really didn't need to photograph it but THAT IS HOW HAPPY I AM TO OWN THIS. 



Then we went to Cahier D'Exercises (a really beautiful space in Old Montreal), and I was so distracted by the couple of things I bought I forgot to check out their Rick Owens pieces. AGH! Regardless, I was so in awe to get to see some Ann Demeulemeester boots and bags in person that I didn't really know what to do with myself. Then I asked where their Elena Dawson items were and it was all over from there. I really admire Elena's work but wasn't sure it really fit my aesthetic. But when I saw it in person it was so obviously handmade that I fell in love. All of her collection is made in house by herself, and maybe an assistant or 2. I love that. She uses British wool, leather and horn buttons, Irish linen, French silk and lace, Chinese silk and Indian silk, cotton and woven....so beautiful. Thanks to an end of season sale I was able to pick up this blazer.







Every time I leave the house to run errands or in this case go shopping, I throw a little fit because I do not have a cross-body bag so I can be hands-free. I decided to change that, and picked up this Ann Demeulemeester bag (that includes a second shorter strap) for 60% off.




14 notes:

gabriella said...

kim, I love everything you purchased! especially the bag. i also love that the washing instructions & materials are hand written in the elena dawson jacket.

stay warm :)



jen@closetrivalry said...

nice stuff. i like the bag the best, mostly because it's boring!



kim. said...

LOL - there is hope for you yet sis.



THE DIVINITUS said...

I was very curious about your trip to Montreal (I had to postpone mine to Toronto).



Mia said...

Congratulations on your new purchases, you have found some lovely items.



kim. said...

oh, too bad. i'm sure there are some great deals to be found there.



Anonymous said...

that blazer is great! and i love the handwriting as well!

leslie



kim. said...

thanks! I'd say that's the definition of handmade - when the designer writes the washing instructions on the inside. :)



ODYSSEY said...

WowWowWow!!! You DID do some damage, in the best way possible! I've had my eye on Elena Dawson's designs but until I can actually TRY ON anything (I feel you on that), wishful yearning will have to suffice. While Austin has stellar vintage clothing and interior design sources, it's lacking in avant-garde clothing labels. Therefore online shopping is my beat.



Carol said...

I love that bag! I love Montreal - have you ever noticed how much better and cheaper their Craigslist ads are than Toronto's? (Does Ottawa even have a CL?) I wish I had a truck sometimes. I'd go and load up. I never seem to clothes shop when I'm there though - it's always all about food. You got some nice finds.



kim. said...

:-)
Ottawa sucks in all those realms - vintage, interior design AND any decent clothing brands. So online or road-trips are how I cope.
Sadly the ED blazer is tight on me so I can't button it up (but the large may have looked too big on me - so I see more smoothies and salads in my future). But I find blazers too stiff done up anyway .



kim. said...

Thx! i haven't scoped out craiglist for TO nor Mtrl. no one here uses craiglist - the majority use Kijiji.
i want my next Mtrl road trip to involve furniture and food. we never do either of those while we're there and i think it's about time we change that.