Christmas is approaching fast and its time to spoil your loved ones (and yourself of course!) It can be difficult to find THE gift which is sure to please... while staying within budget and adding a touch of originality. Hence why we have created a gift guide, for him or her, for different budgets, there's something for everyone!!
The brand by excellence for the active woman is of course LOLË! From the compressible coat (like the timeless Emeline) to yoga mats... Lolë also offers a range of beautiful, practical and warm accessories. We especially love the pink trio scarf-tuque-mittens !! A bit of color brings out a smile for those who dare.
Have a friend who's eco-friendly? The collection from Matt&Nat is both vegan and made from recycled materials... in addition to being ultra-trendy and original. We especially love the RAHI backpack (as shown in photo) also all their wallets which are both practical and stylish.
We all have a woman in our lives who is always elegant and fashionable. Why not offer her a stylish accessory from Rudsak, like this soft leather wallet LACY. Its gold details are sure to make her crack!
And finally, for the woman who has everything... offer her the comfort of a warm winter hat!! Nothing is more important in the cold winter months than a warm and protected head, show her that you love her by keeping her warm with the CARIBOU de Ookpik , an excellent choice with an inner layer of polar.
Don't forget about the men! Although we don't have quite the same choice as for the women, we still have a range of modern and stylish accessories which are sure to please the man in your life. Like this scarf and tuque set Rocky from Pajar, offered in 2 colors.
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You may have heard us talk about it on social media, this year our stores welcome the brand NOVELTI. This brand offers a range of warm, comfortable and affordable coats! The selection we offer in our stores is part of their GLOW collection, which aims to make you visible at night with reflective stitching. Because being safe never goes out of style!!
NOVELTI coats come in a variety of styles, cuts and colors.
Here some of our favorite pieces!
This model (4036g) is 100% vegan, insulated with polyester fibers and a synthetic fur collar around the hood. We particularly like the lacing on the front pockets that adds style without overdoing it. Its trendy straight cut will allow you to wear your favorite big wool vest without feeling too stiff. The fur is removable with buttons which allows you to create two different looks with the same coat. It's available in sizes S to XL for $ 275.
I need to warn you ... as soon as you try on this coat, you'll never want to wear any other!! It's perfect for our robust winters. It does not have a fur trim, but its adjustable hood is deep and fits securely with or without a scarf. The collar is also high enough to allow you to only wear a thin scarf directly on the neck. Its down / feather insulation combined with its mid-thigh length (a little longer at the back) offers good protection for extreme cold. The front pockets are lined in polar which makes them super warm and super (really super!!) comfortable. All this available in sizes XS to XL for $ 350 !!
This model (4068g) has the same high collar as the previous one as well as the large adjustable hood. This one is a bit shorter and is insulated with polyester fibers (which makes it 100% vegan). Its front pockets are also lined in polar for maximum comfort. It's available in this color in sizes XS to XL for $ 275!
The last coat (4066g) is more of a mid-season coat, but it's the most versatile of them all! Why choose between a casual coat or a chic coat when you can have both?! This reversible jacket offers a shiny finish on one side which is more casual and another side made completely in ultra soft synthetic fur for a more chic effect. One side or the other, this coat offers good protection against wind and humidity and also offers protection against the cold down to about -15 degrees. It's available in sizes XS to XL for $ 295!
It's not like there's a lack of choice for winter coats companies in Canada. There's so much to choose from that it becomes difficult to chose at all. Though, not all of them know how to stand out. Actually, I should say that not all of them are brave enough to dare. Why blend in when you can stand out from the crowd? This is how I would describe the new Nicole Benisti collection. In three words: comfort, personality and luxury. Tempting, right?
I never thought a boxy parka could be so glamorous. This is the case of Nicole Benisti's most popular style, the Chelsea, which made a more than welcome comeback this year. A mid-length parka, boldly designed with a huge fur collar. This combination has made it a huge success, both comfortable and elegant. This is also the essence of the entire collection; minimalist but original, offering a perfect transition between day and evening looks. What better way to prove how glamorous this style is than having it chosen by none other than Jennifer Lopez ... oh yes!
Majestic fur collars
What gives these coats their luxurious look is obviously their imposing fur collars. Not only do they keep you warm, they accessorize the whole jacket. Nothing to add! The lazy part of me likes that idea ... That is why most of the time, the jacket itself contains very few details; the piece de resistance gloriously rests on your shoulders! And for that matter ... why not dare colored fur ?? Imagine yourself standing out of the white winter decor with a ruby red or navy blue fur? Wow!
All I have to add is: this winter… be bold!
You might be asking what do these 2 images have in common? A bird…. And a giant wall mural of Leonard Cohen…
The answer - They are both by artist Kevin Ledo from Montreal, Quebec.
Kevin has been making headlines in Montreal with the recently finished 9-storey wall mural of Leonard Cohen on the façade of the Cooper building on boulevard St-Laurent. Spending 10-12 messy hours a day in a crane for more than 3 weeks to finish this colossal monument, he feels honoured to be chosen for this special piece as part of the 5th Montreal Mural international public art festival.
Residents of the Plateau Mont-Royal eagerly documented the progress - social media buzzing with the delight of seeing this building transformed into a beautiful homage to the late Leonard Cohen who had lived nearby.
Born and bred in Montreal, art and painting have always been a way of life for Kevin. A life he now shares with the world. Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, the United States, Mexico, Portugal, Jordan, Brazil, Costa Rica are now meticulously adorned with his spray-painted murals.
Kevin was one of 4 artists interviewed to contribute to our Montreal store. After feeling the vibe of the store, Kevin came up with the idea of the snow bunting, a bird that nests in the far north and whose descent towards the south announces the coming of winter. The birds bring a synergy between Infusio our tea bar and Espace Mix Mix, specialising in outerwear in the Winter months.
Pop into our Montreal store, located at 936 Rachel East, to check out his work… relax in our tea bar… and pick yourself up an item from our wide range of brands from Quebec.
Annie Pelletier – An inspiration to us all
Photo credit : Facebook page Annie Pelletier
Annie Pelletier is known for her diving career, which earned her the bronze medal in the 3m springboard at the 1996 Summer Olympics which is no small feat! In 2008 she was inducted in the Quebec sports hall of fame, another major accomplishment.
Annie Pelletier is now retired from her diving career, but is far from spending her days playing bridge! She was a sports commentator and analyst during the diving events of the year 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016, as well as being a spokeperson for Village Vacances Valcartier (One day is not enough!), she's not one to twiddle her thumbs!
In addition to all this, Annie Pelletier has been the communications director for the Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec (which aims to financially support student athletes and help them in their pursuit of excellence) AND (cause no that's not all), she is also a sponsor of the Special Olympics since 1997. She has a lot to be proud of!
We cannot mention all her accomplishments without mentioning the one thing that has surely had the biggest impact on her life, giving birth! Yes Annie is a proud mother since December 2015, just to add to her long list.
Anne Pelletier is without a doubt a huge source of inspiration and pride in Quebec.