7 It bags you need NOW

Isa Tousignant

Fashion lovers know the impact of the perfect bag, and Montréal has some next-level accessories designers to boast about. Wear the memories of your trip on the crook of your arm with these seven local brands – they’re taking the fashion world by storm.  

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Something to WANT

Known worldwide as a premium maker of luxury travel accessories, WANT les essentiels makes bags that are unisex and sleek. The Ohare soft shopper in black ($995) is the perfect hold-all for both everyday and work needs. Its two deep interior pockets with snap closures (big enough for a pair of shoes) and adjustable (and detachable) shoulder strap make it practical to the max.

Partoem time

You’ll be painting the town red with the minimalist TOME 2 in red ($585) by boutique leather goods brand Partoem. The perfect size for your phone, wallet, lipstick and favourite novel, this stylish adjustable-strap shoulder bag strikes a sophisticated pose with its origami closure and the brand’s signature delicate hardware, available in either light gold or silver.

Bare necessities

The stunning ROBY tote bag in nude ($285) by Montréal’s leather experts Miljours will fit your laptop alongside all your daily needs – plus an extra shawl, if you’re using it as your carry-on. Its curved corners give it a distinctive silhouette in keeping with the brand’s pared-down aesthetic, and its interior pocket is the perfect spot for your passport.   

Shapes and sizes

Get geometric with the Margot shoulder bag in cognac ($273) by The Stowe, whose unique designs include round bags, semi-circles and squares in addition to more traditional tote and backpack shapes. This stunning semi-circle in a warm tan is practically sized for everyday use and chic enough for outings. Its zip closure will keep your goods safe.

C’est Lajoie

The Panier bucket back in Horween green cavalière ($950) by accessories artists Lajoie will fill you with joy. In return, you can fill it with everything you want without its reinforced body ever losing its rigid oval form. It boasts a solid bottom and two attachments to use the removable shoulder strap. It’s handstitched in waxed linen thread, and like all Lajoie bags, incudes a lifetime guarantee on the stitching.

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High on Lowell

Few Montréal brands are more synonymous with hardy, practical bags than Lowell, and the Saint-Zotique leather backpack in nude ($445) is a case in point. This gorgeous unisex accessory will help you carry all your work tools in style and comfort, with their weight equally distributed across your shoulders thanks to adjustable straps. Its two minimalist clasps nod to classic vintage schoolbag designs.

Winning digits

With stores everywhere from New York to Beijing to Tokyo, m0851 is a Montréal brand whose leather goods are world famous. Their Flat Pocket Tote in navy ($325) has a main compartment that closes with a snap closure and a large patch pocket on the front that adds both interest and practicality (you’ll never lose your keys again). The sturdy leather shoulder strap with knot detail adds extra pizzazz.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s eclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.

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