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Among the hidden treasures of Montreal, there is Antonio Ortega. This creator of Mexican origin, who little by little has made his mark in Paris couture, has been living and creating right here in Montreal since 2003.

By Stéphane Le Duc

And it was in his Montreal studio that Antonio Ortega chose to launch his first capsule. This ready-to-wear collection, which includes 13 pieces for man and 15 pieces for women, posed a challenge because a specialized local workforce is not always easy to find. “I’ve always focused on quality in my collections. Quality is what guides me. It’s a little difficult to find workers who are used to the level of precision required by haute couture. The techniques that we use also require a lot of patience and intricate work done by hand… More and more people who have this expertise are retiring. I took the risk to continue working here and to take the time to train a new generation of tailors and seamstresses to produce outfits at an international level.”

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It was very early on, at the age of 8, that Antonio discovered his passion for sewing in his native Mexico. Studies in couture in Paris and an apprenticeship in the workshop of the designer couture Dominique Sirop opened up doors to a world that has always fascinated him: “Haute couture is a passion. I think that my strength and my talent are especially in the creation of unique pieces. At the beginning, I was working alone in my studio, and I did everything, from designing to the actual sewing… but with 2 collections to produce and present in Paris each year, I had to build a team quickly.”

Today, with a certain notoriety in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the designer feels different and ready to undertake another step in his career. First with this capsule and for next March a true ready-to-wear collection. “It’s a different way of working, but the inspiration still comes from my head, my gut and my heart.”

Seeing him at work, surrounded by his talented Montreal team, the future looks promising for Antonio Ortega. One thing is certain, passion remains at the heart of his development. Montrealers, let’s follow him in this beautiful story.

www.antonioortegacouture.com

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Photography César Ochoa
Stylist Paul by StyledbyPaul
Makeup  Émilie M.A.H
Hair Cristal Han
Model Sara St-Louis at Next Canada

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