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Mark Andrew Hamilton

Mark Hamilton

This article was updated on October 16, 2023.

Montréal is one of North America’s most stylish, design-savvy cities, with a cutting-edge portfolio reaching all the way back to iconic moments like Expo 67 and the 1976 Olympics. Fittingly in 2006, the city was named a UNESCO City of Design alongside international trendsetters like Berlin, Bilbao, Helsinki, Mexico City, Seoul and Nagoya, and each year the local boutiques are stuffed to the brim with the latest and greatest Montréal-made must-have souvenirs. And keeping in line with the city’s parallel title as the Most Sustainable Destination in North America, for this year we’re spotlighting eco-friendly, reusable items produced by local artisans with love and an ever-so-special attention to detail. 

Boutique Arloca

arloca

Local company arloca showcases the immense talent of Canadian artisans. They offer rings that delicately adorn your hands, beautiful necklaces, elegant watches and much more. Once you've chosen the perfect piece, browse the other items in the shop, from home decor to gardening accessories and much more.

 

Camillette bijoux

Camillette bijoux

Go home with beautiful jewelry from Camillette. This jewelry store creates and distributes handcrafted collections of fashion accessories made from precious materials, such as gold and silver, that are both elegant and timeless.

With a workshop-boutique located steps from Rosemont Métro, clients are greeted with attentive and personalized service, allowing them to fully understand the process of jewelry making. For those curious about the process, Camillette offers workshops where clients learn how to make their very own jewelry while being coached by Camillette or another professional jeweler, every step of the way. 

 

Savonnerie M'Nonga

Savonnerie M'Nonga

Indulge in an olfactory experience with different scents and fragrances that are created by local artisans at Savonnerie M’Nonga, which will soon celebrate their 2 years of opening. Located on Saint-Laurent Boulevard near Sherbrooke Street in the Plateau-Mont-Royal, you can watch the soap-makers produce the products right in front of you. This Québec-based business specializes in natural soaps, bath salts, oils, body butters and other products that all pair perfectly with moments of relaxation. Each of the products found in store are made from high quality ingredients that are also eco responsible. Shop an extensive selection of products that make the perfect gift, all year round. The shop also offers guided soap making workshops where guests can learn to make their own soaps, even at home. 

 

Boutique Espace Urbain

Boutique Espace Urbain

Boutique Espace Urbain is a community-focused local business owned by two Quebecers of Haitian heritage who share a passion for travel, culture, art, fashion, and design. Their store, situated in Plaza Saint-Hubert, features an extensive collection of Afro, Urban, and Vintage fashion items, including unique jewelry and apparel, from over 120 diverse sellers. They provide customers with the opportunity to purchase sustainable, locally-made products while supporting the region's creative entrepreneurs.

 

Marché Saint Laurent - interior

Marché Saint Laurent

Housed in the historic Aldred Building adjacent to the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Marché Saint Laurent offers a wide array of locally-sourced products ranging from books to clothing. It’s also the perfect spot to recharge—the in-house café carries locally-roasted beans and fresh pastries to reward oneself for a successful shopping excursion.

 

BKIND

BKIND

At the forefront of vegan, all-natural, eco-responsible beauty products, BKIND specializes in face and body products, hair care innovations and vibrant nail polishes in a unique palette all their own, perfect for statement-making flourishes on your fingertips.

Les Mauvaises herbes

If you’re looking for that special zero-waste something, look no further than Les Mauvaises herbes, whose beauty products and homemade artisanal craft wares are sure to grab attention. We’re particularly fond of their original tea infusion blends, scented candles and make-at-home body butter kits.

Les Citadines

The sense of smell is our sense most connected to memory, and Les Citadines' original Montréal collection consists of seven specially-formulated scents in tribute of the city’s iconic neighbourhoods Ville-Marie (cypress, pine and spices), Homa (amber and sandalwood), Mile End (maple syrup), Griffintown (white tea and berries), Vieux-Montréal (wood fire), Rosemont (fig tree and fern) and Le Plateau (pepper and port).

C’est beau

Made in Québec, C’est beau's clothes adhere to a set of strict sustainable production methods. Featuring fresh collaborations, sharp minimalist designs and some of the city’s cutest toques, you’re sure to bring home a dash of Montréal style with something from C’est beau’s racks.

Toutes les choses parfaites

Nestled in the up-and-coming Technopôle Angus neighbourhood, Toutes les choses parfaites elevates the classic Montréal Dep (the local nickname for a corner store) to new heights, with a focus on local products. There’s also a plant selection, tidy café and a selection of craft beers sure to please any taste.

 

Paperole

Paperole Postcards

Designed and printed in Montréal, Paperoles postcards shine a spotlight on the citys beloved skyline, cuisine (bagels and poutine, naturally) and squirrels—a great way to brighten any postbox. And most designs are also available as larger prints if you want to keep their cheery designs for yourself!

Artgang caps and T-shirts

We love Artgangs clever local redux spins on iconic designs, ranging from recent collabs with local illustrators, to their if-you-know-you-know transformation of the Yankees team insignia into a design thats 100% Montréal emblazoned on hats and backpacks.

 

Pony - Inside Store

Pony Sweatshirts

While local label Ponys boutique Emotions Infinies features the brands limited-edition prints, pins, scented candles, stuffed toys (shout out to Anxietyeti) and more, well always be fans of their instantly recognizable designs—in particular the now-classic Club Optimiste, Never Alone and Hug Life designs, all back in print and ready to wear.

Cath Laporte wall hangings and Raymond Biesinger prints

Montréal artist Cath Laportes work is a daily boost to the spirit, and her minimalist, graphic #giantclapcath series of large scale wall hangings transform any space beautifully. Shes also available for one-of-a-kind commissions and happy to grant permission for her pieces as the basis for your next tattoo. Equally as eye-catching, Raymond Biesinger’s prints range from his Canadian Cities screenprint series (including our city circa Expo67) and a moving tribute to 18 lost buildings of Montréal sure to bring a tear to the eye of any architecture lover.

2 Lettreurs

The nearly-lost art of hand-painted signs is alive and well in Montréal thanks in large part to 2 Lettreurs, the namesake of sign painters Malcolm McCormick and Alexandre Saumier Demers. The pair offers unmissable workshops (make and take home a snazzy hand-lettered sign), as well as design services already utilized by some of the citys hippest spots. It’s time for your Montréal rebranding!

Raplapla’s Monsieur Tsé-Tsé

For more than a decade, Raplaplas Monsieur Tsé-Tsé has been an iconic stuffy amongst Montréals trendsetter kid set. And while the lines newer characters are every bit as adorable, Tsé-Tsé is still the true original gotta-have backseat companion for the drive back—or a surprise new best friend for a young one at home. (Promise we won’t tell if that Monsieur is just for you!)

Cole Degenstein tattoos

Illustrator turned tattoo artist Cole Degenstein’s brittle linework translates perfectly from paper to flesh, whether in black and white or punctuated by bright splashes of colour inspired by Montréal autumns. His fellow artists at Studio les fleurs du mal are also worth the skin. A new tattoo—the ultimate Montréal souvenir!

 

Tad-dah!

Tah-dah! is a must-visit boutique for handmade Québec products, located right next to the Jean-Talon market. You'll find jewellery, candles and room mists, bath and beauty products, and much more.

Boutique of Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History

Museum boutiques

Montréal’s world-class museums don’t just display objets d’art, they also each house an unmissable boutique’s worth of carefully curated items perfect to commemorate your #mtlmoments. The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts offers a large art books section, along with ceramics and jewelry, while the Canadian Centre for Architecture has the coffee table books on architecture and design scene cornered. The Musée d’art contemporain’s printed catalogues make for warm remembrances and overviews of artists as varied as Nan Goldin and Leonard Cohen, while the McCord Stewart Museum sticks to its mandate of Montréal history with locally-made products and publications. The Boutique de Pointe-à-Callière also offers original and unique locals items, from exclusive jewellery to archaeology and history books.

Mark Andrew Hamilton

Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton is the community director for QueerMTL, an internationally-touring musician with his projects Woodpigeon and Frontperson  and a graduate studies student of history researching LGBTQ+ activism in the city. He’s lived in Montréal since 2015, during which time he’s most often spotted atop a BIXI bike usally running a few minutes late.

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