Aug
08

The first of the IVKO fall collection is here !

All garments have a story. Many stories. We chose one for each garment. Read on.

They unload you of your burdens and they open up your heart, letting you feel the wonders of the world around you. A field of flowers, a beautiful day out in the garden, a moment of taking in summer’s bounty. We brought that back to the workplace, the kitchen table and bedside.

 

I feel like a queen, she said. I feel powerful and confident as I dance to the music around me. Lets me tell you how powerful your body is. Let us make a way for reconciliation to happen with ease. Let us have the courage to radically accept who we are. Let us find the tools to feel satisfied with ourselves. I am a Queen, she said.

 

Today I am celebrating a moment with you all. My first child turned one and my husband and I have worked closely as a team to build a new house for our new family. On the table is a plate full of sliced red tomatoes from the garden with mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and olive oil. My husband is calling ! He says he has a gift for me ! A colorful and elegant gift, that I will love. I wonder what it will be ! 

 

Do you remember that time we went for a swim, on that early fall morning? The ground was really cold, yet you insisted on going barefoot. We climbed up the hill. I watched you for awhile, admiring how tall and graceful you had become. We walked together silently. We took off our clothes and jumped into the icy water. We remain courageous.

 

My daughter has cancer. We are waiting for the doctor to come back with some test results.  Here comes our friend the clown. He exchanges a knowing smile with my daughter. They start laughing. I start laughing. And then I feel a tear in the corner of my eye. I am ready.

 

Can you tell me what you are reading ? I am looking for a book to take with me on the next train ride. I’ll be visiting my brother. Do you like what I am wearing ? I feel nervous. Its my first time traveling alone.

Welcome to the Purple Valley. A gentle and generous place where the most beautiful peonies are lovingly grown. It is here that I come for rest and inspiration. Last time I was there, a new idea came to me. It was that I imagined a new way to understand the mechanism allowing the regenerative process in cells.

 

 

 

Jul
26

Relaxing by the water ? My dear friend, those butterflies look fabulous on you.

Hiking barefoot ?  Look at us twirling together in the wind !

Dancing the night away ? Babe, let me show you my moves. 

Find your summertime partner in crime.  FIESTA dress, you are my numero uno. 

Introducing the FIESTA dress, a work of love and dedication on the part of the whole team here at Katrin Leblond design. Not too tight, not too loose, beach, wedding, music festival. A one of a kind dress that will take you everywhere.

The dress has adjustable spaghetti straps crossing at the back. The decolté is trimmed with a playful burst of color, a signature Katrin Leblond double-ruffle; in-house we fondly refer to it as a ‘frou’.  The dress is slimming under the bust, flaring out loosely over the hips. The hem is trimmed with a combination ruffle.

In total, there are seven colors. The butterfly, florentina and tapestry prints are limited edition fabrics of a high quality and pill-free polyester. Katrin illustrates with acrylic inks, pastels and digital tools and is inspired by the unfolding of nature. All of her prints are produced locally in Montreal, Canada.

Here is the gang of girls. They are all wearing their favorite fiesta dress. Well, almost. One is wearing our “Robe Estivale”. Can you guess who that may be ?

 

All the dresses are available online or in store.

Jun
07

Larger chests, curvy bodies and floating through the flower market. Here at Katrin Leblond Design we have many dresses that will do the trick. We’ve tried on six of them for you. They are a splashy blend of our in house production as well as designs from Ivko and Christine Lelievre that will make flaunting your favorite colors easy. They are all available in-store and online

1. Floral Heart Dress 

Floral heart dress is a vintage inspired dress that will bring out your voluptuous curves. Christiane Lelievre designs are particularly suited for larger busts; the straps are wide and the sweetheart neckline is delightfully suggestive. 

                Photo: Floral Heart dress, Katrin Leblond Design

2. Apple Blossoms 

Katrin Leblond’s most recent collaboration with Christiane Lelievre is the result of a chance encounter while shopping for flowers…well, the kind you might find in a textile warehouse, that is. For this dress, Apple Blossoms, the pair chose an eye-catching and stretchy bright blue fabric with flamboyant orange, white and pink blossoms.

                                                                                                                                       Photo: Apple Blossom dress (Christin Lelievre), Katrin Leblond Design

3. Ivko Peace dress

Can larger busts be at peace with a higher neckline? While most generic fashion articles would say no, this Peace dress  says “why not ” ? In any case,  its hard to resist a dress with such colorful and expressive embroidery. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo: Peace dress (Ivko), Katrin Leblond Design

3. Fairy dress (Katrin Leblond)

And here is the fairy dress. Imagine yourself, a warm Sunday afternoon fluttering among the hanging flower baskets, being beautiful.

Photo: Red Fairy dress, Katrin Leblond Design

5. Navy blue tile dress (Ivko)

This Navy blue tile dress is a comfortable and elegant choice for market day. It is 100% cotton knit with celtic knots and climbing vines on each side of the bodice. It suites large and small bust sizes alike and as with many other Ivko dresses, it is knit with jacquard motifs on both the front and the back.

                                                                                                                                                                       Photo: Navy Tile dress (Ivko),  Katrin Leblond Design         

6. Bird on a wire T and Cosmic skirt (Katrin Leblond)

We have a lot of great outfits to sing about. And yes, just like these birds, we are tooting our own horn. This T-shirt is in honor of Montreal’s own Leonard Cohen. Also picture is the high waisted Cosmic skirt, made with 100% Dutch cotton, a very high quality fabric. Photo: Bird on a wire t-shirt and Cosmic skirt, Katrin Leblond Design

Bird on a wire T-shirt is available in-store only.

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   Models: Claire Gérin-Lajoie and Emma Bootman

Mar
01

Not everyone loves Ivko for the bright pink coats, the coral cardigans and the folkloric motifs.  Sometimes Ivko is classy, sometimes elegant, sometimes inspiringly simple.

Here we are showing the Temple collection.  A group of Ivko styles inspired by sacred places, beautiful mosaics and sacred geometry.  Each photo is linked to our online store where they can be purchased in both US and Canadian currency.

Feb
25

ohhh.

ahhh.

Printed on cotton/silk blends, these lightweight (but not see-through) pieces are dreamy and delicious.  Combine them with Ivko jacquard-knit cotton sweaters for perfect layering.  The white embroidered dress is made of stretch-cotton and features  peace-dove and flowers motif…I think it would make a great wedding dress for a simple country wedding.

 

shop the new collection on our website

Feb
15

Time to pull out your Christmas money from grandma and buy yourself a new sweater!  Ivko’s Spring 2018 collection pairs their usual folkloric style with modern touches: two tone mesh, fresh cuts and mind-blowing color combinations.  

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You will find these styles in the COATS and SWEATERS pages of our website.

Feb
15

We love. We love.  We love

We choose love instead of fear. We choose to be brave.  We choose to make art.  We choose to make change.  We choose to connect.  We choose to lift each other up.  We choose to learn more.  We choose to do new things.  We choose to play.  We choose to laugh.  We choose to manifest awesomeness.  We choose to try new things.  We are the artists, the makers, the revolutionaries, the healers, the witches, the feminists.

shop sacred heart pillows here.

Nov
30

Always courageous, the designers at IVKO have created a unique combination this season that sings originality and pulls at my heart strings.  They have inserted a bold coral-hue pink into a taupe and plum motif.  The effect is classy, rich and stunningly unique.

All items are linked to the store if you click on them.  To shop the whole website, click here.

Nov
29

 

Super proud of this new print, designed in collaboration with artist/graphic designer Iris Glaser.  The result is a grey mix heather brushed winter knit with a touch of modern art whimsey.


Iris Glaser with the watercolour we did together in April 2017.  She’s wearing the classic crop jacket from my collection. 

Nov
24
Nov
21

Finally Ivko made a collection with black as a base colour!  It is luminous, classic, playful and we just love it!  You can shop this collection in our online store here.

 

 

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Nov
18

Katrin is renowned for her artfully embellished dresses and jackets, as well as for her brilliant twists on standard cuts. Katrin’s collections combine discipline and detail with whimsy and vitality. Her works are inspired by trends yet outside them, and don’t go out of fashion. 

Katrin is committed to ethical practice in fashion design and manufacturing. Each of Katrin’s original pieces is cut and sewn in her Montreal studio. All her materials are locally sourced, from fabrics down to thread and zipper—all produced by local workers in Montreal’s vibrant fashion sector, and requiring less fossil fuel for transport. Katrin’s works prove just how dazzling ethical fashion can be.

Show here the back of the Faces Optical Illusion Dress 

Shown here the Garden Zip Up Jacket

Nov
11

There is a distinct style that underpins all of Katrin Leblond’s designs, but now with custom illustrated prints, the collection comes full circle. Whimsical prints, contemporary knitwear and a distinctive colour palette come together to form a collection that blurs the line between art and clothing. With all her folkloric and botanical influences, Katrin Leblond’s limited edition prints are thoroughly modern and inspired by the everyday. Katrin illustrates with acrylic inks, pastels and digital tools. She loves collaborations, particularly in her local circle of artists and friends. All of her prints are produced locally in Montreal, Canada.

Here’s the scene at my dining room table as I painted the trees with my dear artist friend Iris Glaser.  You can see the shapes watercolour that we did in the background.

 

Check out the whole collection in our online store

Nov
08

Winter Days are long and cold, but with woolies like these your spirits will be lifted and your tushie will be warm.  With beautiful motifs on the front and back, these two styles are versatile and wearable in the day to day.  Paired with Jeans or navy tights, these two pieces will never go outta style.  Click on images to shop.

Jul
10

First let me say thank you!

 Thank you for the life I live as a creative entrepreneur.  Thank you to the artists and designers I have collaborated with to illustrate these prints, manifest these classic-cut patterns and sew this high quality swimwear.  I am grateful that I get to make and print my designs on locally made textiles in a city that still supports all levels of the textile industry.  This creative, yet industrial production circle all takes place within a 10k radius of my store.  

This is the goddess one-piece swimsuit.  It is fully lined and available in XS-XXL

This is the goddess bikini, a classic cut with decent support, fully lined and available in XS-XL

This is the duffle bag made from fast-drying poly-canvas.  Perfect for yoga/sport/beach/snorkeling gear.

This is the swim/sport set.  Perfect for the life of an active person who needs one thing for everything.  The sports bra combines well with the leggings as well.  Fully lined and available in XS-XL

Shop the swimwear here

 

Credit due:

Artists who painted with me: Iris Glaser  (black floral) and Emily Rose Michaud (space)

Graphic Design:  Iris Glaser

Textile Printing:  Beaufab/Emmis

Studio Team:  Bernard, Patti, Annick

Production team: Patti, Annick, Caroline

May
04

I have to admit that Ivko is one of my favourite collections in the world.  Sometimes I feel that I should only talk about my own work, but I like to shop too, and I don’t always want to wear my designs.  So there you have it.  My confession.  I love the folkloric motifs and the bright bold colour combinations.  I love the natural fibers, and I especially love the linen in the Summer.  I feel that Ivko has uniquely taken traditional designs and made them modern, urban and wearable.

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Shop the New Ivko Spring 2017 Collection Here

Jan
27

You want to buy fashion that is made right here in Montreal by ethical designers whose work is unique, funky and hip right? Looky here. We have the top picks in our city.

Montreal is my hometown; and I love it when I meet travellers in my store who ask where they should go next.  I whip out a pen and paper and start drawing up a map with all my favourite things in the neighbourhood…. best lunch at Aux Vivres, best coffee at Melbourne..and so on.  This list is born of that desire to share what only a local can know.

There are as many styles on this list as there are designers.  As I was researching my fashion-designer colleagues, I was stunned to find out how many of us there are in Montreal.  I want shoppers (and especially tourists) to be able to discover stores that they would never find anywhere else in the world; stores that are completely unique to this city.  I added what I felt would be the most important information: The price range, the size range and a brief description of the style. A few designers also make girls clothes in addition to their women’s wear collections; you will find the size range noted next to the adult women’s sizes.

The Boutiques on this list are in no particular order of preference or quality.  They represent the best in many different styles and sectors.  Please click on the links to see the individual designer’s websites and most up-to-date photos of their collections.  This way you can decide which appeal to your taste and budget. Then take your list, your map, and go shopping!

 

 

KATRIN LEBLOND  designer: Katrin Leblond
4647, boulevard St- Laurent, Montréal, QC, H2T 1R2
PRICE: $60-$400   SIZES: XS-XXL & Kids sizes 2-9 ($60-$148)
STYLE: colourful, artistic and embellished knits, ageless appeal, feminine, unique prints, casual dresses, art-skirts, jewelry & accessories, unique made-to-measure bridal.

MELOW   designer: Mélissa Bolduc
PRICE: $120 – $400   SIZES: XS-XXL
STYLE : muted palette, contemporary, asymmetrical cuts, jersey, edgy draped knits.

KSL  designer: Katy St-Laurent
PRICE: $89-$170   SIZES: XS-XL & Kids sizes 4-12
STYLE: sporty, transformable, travel clothes, athletic, high performance

GENERAL 54   designer: Jennifer Glasgow
PRICE: $50-$450   SIZES: XS-XL
STYLE: classic, chic, original cuts, funky office wear, sophisticated patterns

MAILLAGOGO  designer: Carine Chatelais
PRICE: $60-$200   SIZES: XS-XXL
STYLE : sweater knits made in house, creative, timeless, casual and work appropriate

COKLUCH  designers: Laurie Lemieux et Christine Geurin
PRICE: $80-499   SIZES: XS-L & Kids sizes 2-6 ($22-$79)
STYLE  urban, contemporary, hip, working-girl, trendy

DINH BÀ   designer: Dinh Bà Nguyen
PRICE : $120-$200   SIZES: XS-XL
STYLE : geometric prints, dark colours, feminine modern, office chic, mature woman

CRÉATIONS MÉTAMORPHOSE   designer: Karine Demers
PRICE: $60-$175   SIZES: XS-XL
STYLE : mixed prints, flirty and funky, eclectic, gypsy boho, urban

FRANCOIS BEAUREGARD  designer: Francois Beauregard
PRICE:  $60-$550   SIZES: XXS-L
STYLE : simple clean cuts, casual elegant, high-quality basics, chic

LUC FONTAINE  designer: Luc Fontaine
PRICE:  $89-$150   SIZES: XS-XXL
STYLE : knits, tunics and dresses for mature woman, feminine contemporary

BETINA LOU   designer: Marie-Eve Emond
PRICE: $40-$300   SIZES: XXS-XL
STYLE: preppy, understated, minimalist, modern, young, hipster

BODYBAG   designer: Judith Dejardins
PRICE: $90-$300   SIZES: XS-XL
STYLE : chic and edgy staples for young professionals, interesting cuts

ATELIER B  designers: Catherine Métivier & Anne-Marie Laflamme
PRICE: $100-$350  SIZES: XS-XL
STYLE: young and trendy, hipster basics, natural fabrics, office casual

HIGH-END

MARIE SAINT PIERRE  designer: Marie Saint Pierre
PRICE: $200-$2000   SIZES: 4-16
STYLE : Luxury high-end, artistic, contemporary cutting-edge fashion, colourful

SCANDALE  designer: Georges Levesque
PRICE: $85-$700  SIZES: S-L
STYLE: Timeless, artistic, fancy party dresses, gypsy chic

IRIS SETLAKWE  designer: Iris Setlakwe
PRICE: $125-$900   SIZES: 0-14, XS-XL
STYLE : career, contemporary, feminine, matt jersey

ARIANE CARLE  designer: Ariane Carle
PRICE: $200-$3000   SIZES: 4-22
STYLE : evening gowns, bridal, mother of the bride, made-to-measure, gala

ISABELLE ÉLIE   designer: Isabelle Élie
PRICE : $150-$2000   SIZES: 4-12
STYLE : feminine, corporate, classy, evening, coats

MILÈNE B   designer: Milene Belair
PRICE: $100-$1300   SIZES: 4-12
STYLE : architectural, monochromatic, contemporary minimal, masculine edge

DENIS GAGNON   designer: Denis Gagnon
PRICE: $100-$600   SIZES: S-L, one size
STYLE : oversized and loose fitting, futuristic, modern monochromatic, edgy

MENSWEAR

DUBUC   designer: Philippe Dubuc
PRICE: $200-$2000   SIZES: 38-46
STYLE : classic minimalist, unique suits, coats, urban wear, casual

ACCESSORIES

LES COUREURS DE JUPONS  designer: Geneviève Paquette
PRICE: $50-$200   SIZES: XS-XL
STYLE: recycled leather and fur accessories, vintage inspired jewelry, belts, hats, unique prints, tribal

OPHELIE HATS   designer: Corinne Serruya
PRICE: $38-$170
STYLE: classic and funky hats, fascinators for all occasions

m0851   designer: Frederic Mamarbarchi
PRICE:  $400-$500
STYLE : leather handbags, backpacks, pouches, jackets, travel bags

LOWELL   designers: Rachel Fortin et Mathieu Mudie
PRICE: $60-$700
STYLE: recycled leather and fur, clean-line purses, backpacks, wallets, hats, ear-muffs

 

Designers:  My intention in making this list was to promote locally-made Montreal fashion.  It is hard to find us in a simple google search.  I had no idea when I started, that this document would take me over 50 hours of research and phone calls to produce.  I did it because I believe that if we promote each other, we can all rise up together. Please share widely.  If at any time you would like to be removed from this list, please call 514-678-9616 and ask for Katrin.

Jan
16

Made from authentic Dutch wax prints by Vlisco Holland, this skirt is a piece of art.  Planets and Space adorn the front and the back in white, purple and beige.  It is meant to be worn high at the waist and there are two button options on the waistband. With deep pockets on either side, this skirt is both pretty and highly functional.  It is trimmed in brown mesh.

Cosmic Skirt by Katrin Leblond

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Dec
13

Artist?  Artsy?  Patron of the Arts?

Lover of all things Frida?

Welcome to the Fall collection, inspired by Leonard Cohen, embellished back details, fabulous sleeves, mesh trim and polka dot details.

Available in store at 4647 St-Laurent, Montreal, Canada or online at store.katrinleblond.com

All made ethically in a studio where everyone on the team like to show up for work on Mondays.  Made with love and inspired by art.  Click on images for links to store.

Oct
28

When a sweater is not enough and really you never want to get out of bed; that’s when it’s time for a sweater coat.  You can wear leggings and a thin long sleeved top (basically pijamas) and throw on an Ivko knit wool coat, and VOILA!  You look glamorous and feel cozy.  Add a pair of knee high fall boots and you will feel like a superhero.  Now take on the world.  You are beautiful and powerful (and cozy and warm)!  Shop Here

Ivko wool knit coat

Ivko ponchoIvko thick wool coat

Ivko Long Jacket sweater knit

Ivko Queen Coat

Ivko Zip Coat

Oct
21

These sweaters are for you: Forest Fairies, Fall Hikers, Cross-country Skiers, Dog-walkers, Leaf Rakers, Mothers, Lovers of fresh air!  Brave the changing temperatures with warmth and JOY!  I say “joy” because it truly is possible for a beautiful cozy sweater to make you happy every time you put it on.  I call objects like that “Happiness Triggers”, and I try to surround myself with functional Beauty for that reason. #IVKO

Every sweater is linked to the IVKO STORE.  If you want to shop, just click on the pictures.  Or go to  shop

Ivko Zip Sweater Jacket

Ivko hoodie sweater zip up jacket

Ivko Sahwl collar knit sweater

Ivko Shawl collar knit sweater for woman

Ivko Cardigan sweater jacket

Ivko Pullover sweater

Ivko Plum sweater cardigan fine knit

Oct
18
Oct
15

When the second delivery of Ivko showed up, it became clear that we had some winning outfits on our hands.  We have tried all these sweaters with both skirts and they all match beautifully.  I must admit, that I really love this first long Jacket paired with the wool skirt the best.  It makes a stunning combination, but the short Jacket with the notched collar is a close runner up for fabulousness!  We haven’t even added all the accessories that are possible.  You’ll have to shop around the site and have a look HERE.

Ivko Long Jacket sweater knit

 

Ivko Fall Skirt Wool knit

Ivko cardigan

Ivko Cardigan wool knit

Ivko Sweater Queen notched collar jacket knit

Katrin Leblond Skirt Montreal designer

Ivko sweater cardigan wool knit

Ivko sleeves pullwarmers wristies

Oct
12

Welcome to cooler days and wooly sweaters.  To enjoying your tea a little bit more deeply and adding layers to your body.

The cocooning phase has arrived and covering up your hands and head and neck are starting to feel like good ideas.

I always notice the first real cold days arrive and everyone is so desperate for a hat, that they will put any old knit tuque from the bottom of their glove compartment on their heads.  Why not be ahead of the game this year and get yourself a hat that will make you want to embrace Fall with open arms.

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Ivko shawl schaal foulardIvko cap hat beret tuqueIvko Art Deco scarf foulradIvko sleeves pullwarmers wristiesIvko sleeves pullwarmers wristiesIvko wool knit scarfIvko Scarf wool knit

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Women's ACCESSORIES

Sep
14

Delightful color combinations and beautiful motifs.  The Royalty collection is this year’s pinnacle of jacquard design.  It is pure perfection of detail and confection. Inspired by stone carving on castles and Renaissance motifs, its is sumptuous and divine.  The high quality merino wool yarns feel amazing against the skin.

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