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St-Laurent shopping second only to Soho on the east coast

By : Lauren Chang MacLean & Anthony Branco

 

Scandale

3639 St-Laurent

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A very original and established women’s boutique, Scandale presents the innovative designs of Georges Lévesque in their St-Larent retail shop and showroom. Levesque mixes fabrics and styles to produce one-of-a-kind funky elegance. Expect to drop a few hundred for one of his unforgettable dresses.


 

Arithmetik (St-Laurent)

3688 St-Laurent

An edgy and trendy jeans-driven store carrying Diesel, Miss 60, Fornarina and the like, Artihmetik’s savvy staff are always eager to help the fashion-conscious part with their moolah in exchange for street-smart designer duds.


 

La Godasse

3686 St-Laurent

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Even if you already have a zillion sneakers, perusing the walls of La Godasse will convince you that “just one more” is very necessary. Carrying every rubber-soled shoe under the sun, La Godasse is a casual shoe haven with plenty of funky Converse, Adidas, Puma and Nike to keep you running steady around town.


 

Lola & Emily

3475 St-Laurent

A cozy décor including two bedroom sets, a lovable collie and aged wall-units, Lola & Emilie is a great starting point for women shopping along St-Laurent Boulevard. With a friendly staff, frippery-chic clothing is calmly displayed and ready for the taking. Flowery dresses and casual jeans (labels dropping = Joe Jeans, Ca Va De Soi) along with one-of-a-kind necklaces and dangly earrings.


 

Boutique Ima

24 Prince Arthur W.

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With a staff willing to highlight the top items per style/category, Boutique Ima shines in casual evening wear, also known as nightlife clothing. Dresses ranging from $175 to $300 and designer jeans with next season’s trend and cut, the labels range from heavyweights such as Sixty and Seven along with Montreal labels. A great costume jewelry collection from NYC and the biggest, boldest Hollywood sunglasses by Dior and other top dogs, Boutique Ima is a great shop for a complete outfit or one really needed item.


 

Duo for men

30 Prince Arthur W.

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So you want to walk into the club and make a statement. Need the right outfit for a Sunday on the yacht? Dabble through the collections of suit jackets, pants and runway casual wear at Duo and feel like your on the runway. They carry the best of the best for men’s clothing and affordability can be found, if you care. William Rast, DSquared, J.Linderberg and lesser known men’s designer labels can be found along with a standard fashion editor’s pick of shoe collection (yes, Adidas Stan Smith’s are carried). Don’t forget to try on their fedoras and trilbies along with their “sex-me-now” belt buckles and other accessories.


 

E X T C

19 Prince Arthur W.

This small boutique on Prince Arthur just off St-Laurent screams younger generation with loud music, great sneakers (M= Adidas W=Keds) and casual/sportswear with a skater flair to it. You will definitely find all the big jean labels for women and men while they tend to hold specific items per label such as Adidas terry cloth zip-ups for men and gorgeous summer dresses for the girls.


 

U & I

3650 St-Laurent

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You definitely wouldn’t know it from outside, but this store has one of the most electric collections assembled for both women and men. The labels are seasons ahead and the cuts/styles reflect the fashionistas of urban culture but prices are definitely for the professional crowds. The men’s side is distinctly separated with NYC and other American urban labels in the back while Comme Des Garcons, APC, Acne and other Euro labels grace the window racks. On the ladies side, high end Levi’s and Acne ‘s Hex & Hep lines highlight a unique St-Laurent shopping experience.


 

SOHO

3715 St-Laurent

Just south of Pine Avenue on the left side of St-Laurent, the large layout of Soho truly does spring a West Broadway feel to it. As many describe this store as the “Key Item Spot”, the women’s clothing is uber sexy with Nolita, Religion and jean labels priced nearer to $200 than $300. You won’t find much casual wear, but with a superfluous stock…you will be calling your credit card to increase your monthly limit when you see the shoe collections for both genders. On the men’s side, show up in the best shape of your life and get ready for “Enrique Iglesias” sweaters and tons of Euro-stained metrosexual clothing.


 

Eva B.

2013 St-Laurent

A cool, thrifty shop with refurbished hand-me-downs, funky jewelry, local indie designer threads and best of all, a huge costume rental section with a fantastic wig collection on the second floor, Eva B. has something for the hippy in everyone.


 

Space FB

3632 St-Laurent

Montreal designer Francois Beauregard has been around for a decade with colourful, lifelong-quality cotton blends spun into adorable dresses, tees and skirts for women, and great sweatsuits and t-shirts for men, Space FB is a reliable, bright and mod. They also dip a little into denim every season, offering more affordable versions of trendy jeans and pants.



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