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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

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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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Shop Fall Accessories here

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.

Click on any image to shop the item.

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Jun
01

Katrin Leblond’s new collection – Nouvelle Collection

VICTORIA

for girls 2-9 years old – pour fillette de 2 a 9 ans

Launch Party – Party de lancement

Saturday June 4 11am-5pm – Samedi 4 Juin de 11h-17h

4647 St-Laurent blvd.

Face painting all day – Painture sur visage toute la journee

 

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May
02

Every now and then I let myself get carried away with some unreasonable project that will take far too long to execute and that is when we make art here in the studio.  A few examples are here for you to see (and click on if you want to purchase).  The cat skirt is a second edition and comes in a black or charcoal ground.  The influence was a pop art. The mermaid skirt is the vision of our current intern Emma Bootman.  She has a great artistic eye.

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Apr
25

Light and floaty, these blouses are like the sweetness of warm Spring days.  Exquisitely soft and only slightly sheer, this blouse is perfect for the buds of Spring or the high Summer heat.  Wear it for it’s beauty, or to cover from the sun.  Wear it loose or belted, wear it tucked in or out.  Can you tell that we just love it!Ivko blouse Spring 2016 Ivko black blouse silk cotton 2016 Ivko blouse pale pink 2016 ivko Canada USA online store

Ok, please forgive the ridiculous styling of this shot. That’s how Ivko styled their Spring 2016 shoot this year.

I know none of you will be wearing a leather fringe purse or a 70 headband, but hey, that chunky turquoise ring is kind of nice.

shop Ivko tops here

Apr
15

Designed to go perfectly with Ivko’s 2016 Summer collection, the Victoria top comes in a full spectrum of colors.

Click on any image to go directly to our store!

Katrin Leblond Victoria topIvko Coat available at Katrin Leblond

Katrin Leblond Victoria top

Ivko Jacket Spring 2016 at Katrin Leblond

Katrin Leblond Victoria top

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Ivko Cardigan Spring 2016

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Ivko Coat available at Katrin Leblond

Katrin Leblond Victoria top

Ivko Cardigan at Katrin Leblond

Apr
11

MothersDay_book_promo Color Her

Enough of the boring, overpriced brunches. Order copies of Color Her for May 8, and treat your mom to hours of meditative fun. Enjoy a 20% discount with promo code “MOMLOVE”. Place your order by May 1st to ensure delivery by Mother’s Day.

Let her imagination fly as she creates strong female combinations – perhaps a farm girl with a mermaid tail. Or a multi-tasking goddess riding a skateboard. She doesn’t even have to stay within the lines.

You may have noticed yourself that coloring is akin to meditation. It has been shown to help with dementia, anxiety, depression and PTSD. And heck, it’s just fun. We moms can always use more of that.

Order yours today for the mom, daughter, sister, raging granny, aunt, wife, partner, girlfriend, baby mama, student, teacher, or special amiga you admire. And watch the relaxation set in.

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Mar
11

Studio Sale – Vente dAtelier
Katrin Leblond Design
11-12-13-14 Mars, de 12-18h
4647 St-Laurent, Montreal

Studio Sale Day 1 is today.

Store only opens the front door at 12noon today. Open until 8pm.
Mega liquidation of old inventory up to -70%. Tops for $30. Also, take a peek at our newest creations from Spring Collection 2016!

Vente dAtelier
Il y a assez pour tout le monde. Nous avons beaucoup de marchandises et tout doit partir! Portez vos plus beaux sous-vêtements et venez essayer de jolis vêtements de marques à prix de liquidation fous. Amenez vos amies, vos mamans, vos filles! Soutenez les entreprises québécoises en magasinant local. Sentez-vous belle et recevez beaucoup de compliments!

Boutique Katrin Leblond 4647 St-Laurent, Montreal, 514-678-9616

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Katrin Leblond Design Montreal Fashion Designer Mode

Feb
18

So I looked around my store one day and realized I had nothing with my classic storybook embellishments on them.  So I took the plunge into some ideas I had been dreaming of.  Here is the resulting production.

Galaxy Dress Katrin Leblond

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Feb
09

It may be the deepest of winter outside, but in the studio, and therefor my mind, it is all about Spring.

Here is a peek at things to come and the process of making them in my studio.

Sale time.  With new things on their way, I am feeling very motivated to clear out the old inventory.  I have just posted many styles on sale in the online store at www.katrinleblond.com.  I even put the Ivko on sale, though I usually don’t until much later in the sale season, but there wasn’t much, so I thought why not.

Cutting table Katrin Leblond Studio

Cutting table Katrin Leblond Design

Katrin Leblond Studio

Katrin Leblond Headpieces

New headpieces made after returning from an inspiration trip to Mexico.  The land of colour!

Ivko Spring 2016 fabric swatch

Here is a swatch of Ivko knits coming soon.

Boutique Katrin Leblond

Mannequins Katrin Leblond Design

The final #watercolour sitting on a beautiful Mexican tile table. Ahhhh Akumal! I miss you already. #akumal #stilllife #painting #inspired

ethical, natural, local and beautiful. shop online now.

Dec
07

Boutique Katrin Leblond

I like gifts.

Do you?

I have a small gift for you if you love my designs and IVKO sweaters.

  I have created a promo code that will earn you a $20 discount on any purchase in my online boutique. (must spend over $100, but we all know how easy that is! expires Dec 24th)

 enter “holidaycheer” at checkout

SHOP NOW

 

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Mwah! xoxo

Oct
10

Ivko 52729  Ivko Boiled wool black coat 52729

Ivko Black coat

Ivko style 52729 Black

This coat is made from Ivko’s hand made boiled wool and is lined with beautiful turquoise satin.  It is long and has pockets.  The collar is cozy and slightly padded. The embroidery of multi colored flowers also includes sections with gold thread.

Shop for the coat here

Oct
01

Ultra Warm Ivko coat

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This is the extra thick wool collection from Ivko.  They are divinely beautiful and ohh soo warm. This coat is made from Ivko’s thickest wool and is double knit for a very thick effect.  It is long and has pockets.  The collar can be worn open or buttoned up.

Attention American customers:  All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

Never be cold again!

$520 CND

Shop online here and get free shipping

Sep
25

This year Ivko went in a new design direction:  Geometric, dots, circles, stripes.

It’s a refreshing alternative for those of us that already have many Ivko sweaters with florals and wallpaper motifs.

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Sep
23

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Priced from $179-$239

Sizes XS/S, M, L/XL

Shop for them online HERE.

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Sep
01

 

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The Fall Collection is filling up the store.  This year I have focused on completing the needs of my boutique, by creating pieces that will be truly practical for a Northern climate and still feel feminine.  Her is a combo I am feeling particularly cute in.

The pants also come in black with a B+W polka dot cuff, a crazy colourful quilted floral print with black cuff, and a B+W herringbone all over.

The Off-the-shoulder ballerina top comes in red lace, grey floral, hot orang/red, B+W stripes.  It’s a nice piece for transitioning to Fall.  It has long sleeves, but because it is off-the-shoulder it feels like it has a Summer vibe.

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