La Grande Braderie de mode Québecoise.
The BIG fashion sale of Quebec designers
A unique shopping experience and a veritable mecca for fashionistas !
It is a fact: women love to shop.
The world of fashion is in constant flux and the market is saturated with a flood of brands and designers who aspire to leave their mark in a constantly evolving world. Last weekend, at the historical Bonsecours market in the heart of Old Montreal, I along with thousands of other avid shoppers, had the chance to visit La Grande Braderie de mode Quebécoise (The BIG fashion sale by Quebec designers). Organized by well-respected designer Anne de Shalla, the event was, a unique shopping experience and a veritable mecca for fashionistas where you could discover a taste of what local talent has to offer and get rebates up to 80% on surplus inventory.
Here below are two brands that really caught my attention at this exclusive event:
Yves Gaudette and Winnie Batiller partnered up to create Winnie Fashion; a brand that is synonymous with elegant modesty and classy designs.
Powered by a duo designer team that include: Angella Fainman, (who conceptualized the models using new fabric made of recycle fiber) and Igor Lipov, (official designer of the models), the brand line is 100% conceptualized in Quebec and then assembled in the Philippines.
Winnie lovingly curates a rotating selection of clothing with dual Summer-Spring and Fall-Winter collections. Winnie’s designs shows off solid, bright colors with crisp, symmetrical lines that give off harmonious and beautiful proportions as well as a sense of balance – traits which characterize the company.
I especially loved their Fall collection Berny-2 green and black dress that has a row of downward buttons that will elongate and flatter any figure.
You can see a complete collection of their dresses here:
Caroline Villamarin, Caroline Villamarin
Australian born Villamarin’s designs grew in popularity in touristic boutiques in the heart of Sydney. Since relocating to Montreal Canada in 2010, Villamarin has gone through a re-launch and added online shopping to her revamped site to support growing demand, from Montreal all the way back to Australia.
Her line of short & cute or long, floor sweeping sundresses are all produced locally with high quality craftsmanship. Her garments all feature classic cuts and bold, colorful, daring prints on quality fabrics.
Not limited to any particular age group or “look”, Villamarin contemporary and retro inspired garments designs are for the individual who likes to make a statement with playful style and originality.
For a complete listing of her dresses please visit her web-site: