Designer Duo: UNTTLD

"We spend all our time together, 24 hours a day," confides José Manuel, who is now sporting a noticeably shorter 'do since our last meeting. Since then, Simon Bélanger also stopped by the hairdresser. Makes sense: "We do everything together, absolutely everything!" A quote that says it all.

Come as you are

Clean, modern, fresh: minimalism is at its best. Grunge aesthetic and modern line bring out an understated elegance reminiscent of the 90s. Featuring five new faces we have casted for this issue.

Back to Black

Dressed in black leather with a laid back attitude. The allure of the bad boy is epitomized in dark, slick and modern silhouettes.
Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction

Opulent femininity, sexy and dangerous curves, you can forget about the less is more philosophy. If to be a woman means to be “generous” then some women have more than enough for the excesses of luxury. What item of clothing hugs and celebrates the body more than fine lingerie.
Tavan & Mitto

Designer Duo: Tavãn & Mitto

We met up in their boutique/workshop located on Saint-Laurent boulevard in Montréal. While sipping their espressos, Payam Tavan and Mike Mitto reflect on the notion of love, the day's topic. "Love of women," they sigh in the same voice. "What can you do," explains Tavan, "we love women! It's for them that we design. There's a reason why we installed our workshop above the store: we wanted to be able to observe our clientele when they first come in so that we can get a feel for their energy and find what they're looking for. To see them evolve is a source of constant inspiration."
Martin Lim

Designer Duo: Martin Lim

Danielle Martin and Pao Lim fused their two family names to launch their very own label. It's a definite sign of boundless love. "The night that we met, Pao had bleach blonde hair and I was wearing a wig that I'd bought in the Patricia Fields boutique in NYC, the stylist from Sex and the City," confides Danielle Martin, who at the time was a young fashion enthusiast fresh out of Cégep. "Danielle told me, "You have nice hair, you know!" And that's how it all started," adds Pao Lim, who was then himself just finishing a bachelors degree in psychical activity and sports science. "That's where he gets his sport/chic inspiration from," jokes Martin.

Designer New Wave// Valerie Dumaine

A graduate of Montreal’s LaSalle College in 1997, Valérie Dumaine started her career as an illustrator, pattern maker, and designer for various companies in Montreal. After a stint in England alongside designer Gail McConaghie, she made her way to Berlin to soak up the underground spirit of the renowned German city...

Designer New Wave// Anastasia Lomonova

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, the dark haired-beauty studied at Toronto’s Ryerson University. After some time spent in the ateliers of Montreal designers Valérie Dumaine and Nadya Toto, she dove head-first into the waters of independence, standing alone at the helm of her own Montreal-based label since 2006...

Designer New Wave// Thomas Tait

“The next big thing in fashion,” the British media repeats again and again. At age 24, Montréal-designer Thomas Tait has become the it-thing of the day with his beautiful collections that are destined to someday equal the classics...

Designer New Wave// UNTTLD

José Manuel and Simon Bélanger launched their womenswear line in January 2011. The two followed fairly disparate trajectories leading to this mutual end: José studied fashion design at Montreal’s Lasalle College, as well as at the prestigious Domus Academy in Milan, while Simon is a recent graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts at another Montreal institution, Concordia University.

Designer New Wave// DUY

A graduate of Montreal’s Lasalle College in 2000, Duy is one of the rising stars of Quebec’s fashion industry. After detouring to London and Paris, and working with large commercial brands, he took the next logical step forward, and began his own line.