Meet Claude, a local Montreal legend.  Sometimes you can find him, sometimes you can’t.  He can freestyle amazing script and perfectly copies fonts.  He’s great at what he does.  He works in oil paints and most people hire him for permanent window text, but I hired him to do my Christmas window.  It took two days and he smoked many many cigarettes (not in the store!).  He stood back to measure and look at his work.  I wanted it to happen faster, but perfection was his vice and so he took his time and made it great.

Here you can see the big bows that he painted above each window.  These were inspired from old art deco posters.  I wanted to make the windows look like gifts and everything in the store is in the box with a big bow on top.

After he was done with the window, I asked him to make me a new sandwich board.  He hummed and hawed.  He needs the work, but grumbles a bit along the way.  I think he did a spectacular job on the sandwich board.  I love it so much!

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