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Oct
10

Its starting to feel cool. Well, its been a couple weeks already in Montréal. Its time to reinvent the fall wardrobe. How about some soft fabrics and stylish collars ? Or tops embellished with Katrin Leblond’s unique and crafty appliquées ? Lets not forget this season’s limited edition prints. Read on, Katrin Leblond has some great new sweaters for your wardrobe.

Soft fabrics and Stylish collars

The red prima pullover in the center is made with brushed polyester and has a soft and fleece-like feel on the inside. The floral textured jacquard collar gives an elegant touch and can be worn many ways. It can be a bateau style (leaving the shoulders more exposed) as well as cover one or both shoulders. It has a dart at the bust, making the sweater slightly fitted.

On either side is the oh so pleasantly soft turtleneck. Its a loose yet fitted sweater, giving it a feminine touch. The sleeves are long and slim. The collar ruffles nicely with a little tug of the drawstrings. There is a colour combination between the inside of the collar and the draw string.

 

 

Unique and crafty appliquées.

The black crop cardigan has a selection of botanical embellishments. There is a butterfly hovering over the left shoulder.  The buttons are little metal flowers with a pearl in the center.

What is the appliquée about on this lavender grey pullover ?  One could imagine its a pagan Botticelli Venus. There is also zodiac symbols and Swarovki crystals. It was digitally printed, for those who might be curious.

And third, here is the Poet blouse. The yoke is a mesh fabric with embroidered feathers that are shades of red, green and coral. The fabric is an amazing rust colour and its a high quality, pill-free rayon.

 

Limited edition prints

On the left, the Laurentien Flower print showcases art deco floral arrangement on a black background from the forests north of Montréal : trilliums, trout lily, dogtooth violet, bleeding hearts and rose hips.

The whimsical bubble leaf print has olive-green, light orange, ochre, dark violet and red-orange leaves. The stems are black and on the leaves are white “bubbles”, allowing you to wear this top with  black and white. The background colour is a warm cinnamon.

The Enchanted Forest print showcases magical trees with branches that reach into the night sky where the full moon shines bright.  Small fairy-like dancing ladies are scattered throughout.

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.

 

 

 

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
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.

Shop The Collection Now

Shop the New Ivko Spring 2017 Collection Here

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.

Shop

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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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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

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Apr
20
Feb
23

Purple will always hold a special place in my heart because my whole Leblond family loves purple too.  It is our family colour.  We wear purple to weddings and funerals.  That’s just how we role.  My daughter is the fourth generation of purple lovers.

Lavender wing skirt and asymmetrical top

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Jan
16

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I illustrated this window display with my artist friend Iris Glaser over the holidays.  Initially we were going to do a big red and purple gradation starburst, but after the primer went on, the plans changed.  We started with the fashionable females:  Frida, fairies, mermaids and princesses, but there was still quite a bit of blank space that needed filling.  Flying vulvas?  I asked.  YES!  she replied.

 

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Nov
02

I see it every day.  I am not saying this to everyone, but in varying degrees it is true for all of us.

Your wardrobe is dead.

It no longer expresses who you are and your clothes don’t fit you properly.  The biggest telltale sign is the underwear drawer.  The panties are too tight and the elastics cut into the beautiful soft flesh of your hips, causing them to not look Rubenesque and curvy anymore.  Instead your hips have multiple curves semi-permanently carved into your flesh by the constant wearing of elestics that are too small.  Also your bra doesn’t fit you anymore.  The underwire cuts into the sides of your breasts, or the elastic has lost its strength or you have given up on wearing one all together because it is not comfortable.

There are many other signs that your wardrobe is dead to you:  You don’t feel excited in the morning when you look into your closet.  You don’t feel beautiful, powerful, sexy or self-expressed.  You say that you hate shopping.

I could go on an on, but I think some (if not all) of this resonates with you.  Here is what you can do.  This is not going to be easy.  You will feel resistance.  Push through and do it anyways:

1- Buy new panties that are the right size for the current you and one bra that was chosen for you by a professional in the underwear store.

2- Stop thinking that you should only buy clothes when you loose some weight.  You feel like you don’t like what you see in the mirror, but the rest of us see a beautiful you.  The only way for you to see the same beautiful woman that we all see is for you to accept yourself NOW and dress yourself NOW.  You may loose weight in  the future, but that future self will also need new clothes.  Commit to letting your wardrobe evolve with you your whole life long.

3- Get rid of old stuff.  As much as possible.  Invite a friend to help you eliminate if you need the push.  Open a bottle of wine.  Give yourself time to really try things on again.  Allow yourself a pile of clothes that you keep for sentimental reasons, but eliminate everything that is ill-fitting, worn out, has holes that cannot be repaired or is stylistically outdated.  Then quickly drive it all to your local charity.  There!  You just made a donation to your community.  Good stuff.

4- Think about who you are now and what you like now.  Maybe you have lots of nice clothes in your wardrobe, but they were for your 30-40-50 year old self (choose whatever age you were 10 years ago).  Either way, they don’t make you feel like the woman you want to be now.  Maybe you wore tight black clothes for a long time, but now you are ready to be seen and you want to wear red and purple.  Maybe you were very frilly and feminine and now you are more sporty?  Let your wardrobe evolve to express your current self.  It is the most simple way for you to live many different selves in your lifetime and to feel like you are living in the present.

5- Shopping doesn’t have to be so painful.  You say you hate shopping.  I agree for the most part, but there are exceptions and you might need to venture out of your neighbourhood to find them.  Ask around, ask facebook, ask the one store you do like if they would recommend other stores.  There are places with good customer service, professional stylists that serve you and know their merchandise well enough to make recommendations.  Be adventurous.  Try on new things.

6- Allow a budget for this.  I am not saying that you can’t do this on the cheap.  You can.  You can thrift shop, have things altered and organize clothing swaps.  If that sounds like too much work, give yourself a reasonable budget every season (twice per year) to update your wardrobe with some new pieces.  Think of what that budget could be for you.  Pick a number.  Now double it.  Yup.  I said it.  You can resist this advice if you want.  But if you really want to be happy and exited and be able to afford a few pieces that truly inspire you, you will find that having more money to spend actually gives you some freedom.

7- Buy some make up.  If you don’t wear make-up, buy some new fresh smelling lip balm.  Making a little effort goes a long way.  Pretty hair barrettes, a light touch of blush and a little under eye concealer are my magic trio to a quick fix in the morning.  Now go find yours.

I believe in you.  You can do this.

Aug
19

Ivko sample sale at Boutique KAtrin Leblond

 Sample Sale IVKO 2014-2015 Winter collection

Almost all samples are size M.

Please bring cash.

Boutique Katrin Leblond 4647 St-Laurent

Wednesday 20th 11am-6pm

Thursday 21st 11am-9pm

Friday 22nd 11am-9pm

Saturday 23rd 11am-5pm

Sunday 24th 12-5pm

 

Ivko sweaters getting ready for sample sale

Aug
05

Ivko Winter 2014 600x

Jul
15

Studio sale Katrin Leblond design

4647 St-Laurent

514-678-9616

and 30% off in our online store

Jun
20

Tunique Soliel avec rose art deco

detail of art deco rose

Tricots Liesse Montreal Textiles used in Katrin Leblond clothing

Big nude and black stripe top

heart button detail

Katrin Leblond design top

collage textile Montreal designer

white texture t-shirt Montreal

Moon button detail

Katrin Leblond classic design

Jun
10

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Ivko Dress Style 41513, Pupina Necklace $40.00, Alex Lyons earrings, Sandals by Camper

Mar
27

Animation Store KL event 1 Apr 14 600x FR

Mar
20

Here is the crinoline on the sewing machine getting a custom black hem.  Ohhh… it’s for a bride!

pink crinoline with black hem

Now this is no shy lady, as you can tell from her color choices.

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This dress is based on one of my dresses in the store, but we customized the colors for her.

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….and I embellished her shoes for her!

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Montreal bride custom order

flower petals under black tulle

Montreal designer dress robes

chaussures embellie

every stitch made with love.

Mar
20

Katrin Leblond giveaway

 

GIVEAWAY *** Katrin Leblond Shawl *** GIVEAWAY

*** Free Katrin Leblond store giveaway (Available worldwide with free shipping and no hidden charges!) ***

13 lucky ladies have already won tops and camis, will you be next?

GIVING AWAY A FREE SHAWL !! TO PARTICIPATE PLEASE READ BELOW:

It only takes 30 seconds to enter. The winner will be chosen at RANDOM at the end of March.

To enter this competition please do the following:

1) Like this picture on my facebook page
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(if you haven’t already.)
5) Go to our store store.katrinleblond.com and sign in as a client (if you haven’t already.)

And that’s it! Just wait until the winner is announced and GOOD LUCK to everyone!

Feb
28
Jan
22

sewing studio with threads Katrin Leblond

Vente d’Atelier – Studio Sale

Mêmes rabais, même chaos, avec cabines d’essayages!
Same discounts, same chaos, better changerooms!

Jusqu’à 70% de réduction – Payez comptant SVP
Up to 70% off – Please pay cash

Venez découvrir la collection d’automne de Katrin Leblond à prix de liquidation: 10 $, 20 $, 25 $, -50%, -75%, et ce, pour toutes les tailles de XS à XL. Les puls Ivko de la collection d’automne 2013 sont à -30%. Je veux tout vendre. Aussi en solde: Metamorphose, James jeans, Colette van Haaren.

Metamorphose at Boutique Katrin Leblond

Ivko Canada Ivko USA

red Ivko bolero and skirt

Colette van Haaren at Boutique Katrin Leblond colourful knit boleros

Colorful knit boleros by Coleete van Haaren Montreal knits

Quand:
Mardi 28 11h-18h
(avec cette invitation)
Mercredi 29 11h-18h
Jeudi 30 11h-20h
Vendredi 31 11h-20h

Où:
Pour la première fois à la boutique
4647 St-Laurent
Montreal, QC
514-678-9616

Katrin Leblond Designer Montreal pour tailles Xs, S, M, L, XL, XXL

changerooms at Montreal fashion boutique Katrin Leblond

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Jan
11

Based on the Ana top, this dress does everything right on women’s curves!

The diagonal lines are amazing at camouflaging a little tummy and the double layer skirt is perfect for pantie-line.

We can hem the sleeves to any length, 3/4, short or cap-sleeve.

Ana dress Katrin Leblond Black dress with red stitching

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