Men’s fashion sure seems to have had some daunting times and convincing some men to shop and spend a little extra on their wardrobe can be a difficult task. Men have constantly been perceived to find shopping intolerable and time wasting so it’s no wonder uninformed newcomers to Montreal still find themselves wandering around with the tourists on Saint Catherine’s Street. There’s no need to worry in a city like Montreal however because over the past ten years the fashion scene in Montreal has been expanding into all of the neighborhoods.
From Old Montreal to the Plateau, and even the newer flourishing neighborhoods of Mile End and Saint-Henri, each district has developed their own style and aesthetic worthy of envy. Here are some of the best boutiques and shop to visit on your next trip to the city:
Rooney – 395 Notre Dame St W Montreal in Old Montreal
In Old Port, you’ll find one of the most well known independent menswear stores the city has to offer, Rooney. With over 1300 square feet of retail space, exposed brick walls and high ceilings, they have plenty of room for different brands and products making it a one stop shop for all of your needs. You can dress yourself from the feet up in ready to wear and trusted brands like Woolrich, Our Legacy, A.P.C., Common Projects and Nike.
Rooney has proven that they can mature alongside the brands they carry and appeal to different clientele, from sneakerheads to businessmen. They have a great selection of sophisticated women’s wear as well, so don’t forget to bring your girl friends.
WANT Apothecary – 4960 Sherbrooke St W in Downtown Montreal
WANT Apothecary is truly a unique shopping experience, everything in the shop has been carefully designed and curated to create a comfortable atmosphere. When you step inside its doors you get a sense of old world nostalgia mixed in with modern elegance and if you’re looking for an intimate personal shopping experience, this is the place for you.
It carries dependable brands like Maison Kitsuné, ACNE, Filippa K and, of course, their own house WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie, that features a variety of high-quality leather goods.
To top off your shopping experience, WANT also carries some great beauty and grooming products that you won’t want to skip out on.
Les Étoffes – 5253 Boul St-Laurent in Mile End
Les Étoffes has been a staple on the main strip of Saint Laurent for years. There, you will find a brimming selection of both newer and vintage pieces ready to be layered and styled to your taste. They feature versatile and highly sought after brands such as Deadly Ponies, Unis, Rag & Bone, and Chauncey. Each piece is displayed on its own wooden hanger from the ceiling of the shop so you truly see the beauty of each piece on its own. It’s really a shop where you will get lost in the selection of fabrics and individuality instead of lost in the overcrowded racks like you would at a department store.
Mercantile – 5200 Rue Clark in Mile End
Clark Street Mercantile was founded in 2013 with a very traditional but exclusive philosophy: introduce high quality, and narrowly distributed artisanal goods from around the world to the city of Montreal.
When you first walk in, you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time and entered your grandfather’s workshop- old fashioned decor and scents reminiscent of winter camping, surrounded by brands both new and old such as Faribault Woolen Mill Co. which has been around for over a century. You’ll also be able to find several premier Japanese, British and Americana brands like Engineered Garments, Grenson and Rogue Territory.
Its loyal customers are also treated to an eyeful of accessories as well, from grooming supplies to tonic for your favorite mixed summer drink.
Mercantile also has its own house label, which features chambray dress shirts, casual summer shorts and classic wool cap beanies for the cold Quebec winters. Be sure not to miss out on their collaboration projects with brands they carry as well, which are known for selling out fast. Everything has a purpose and a place at Clark Street Mercantile, so don’t be shy about asking for help.
Savoie Fils – 251 Rue Saint Viateur Ouest in Mile End
Savoie Fils will make you feel like you’re in a candy store for grown-ups. You can treat yourself to the latest comfortable menswear attire, accessories, jewelry and, of course, coffee. Attached to the store is one of Montreal’s favorite coffee shops, Myriad Cafe, where you can sit and enjoy your drink after picking up some handy gadgets and goods.
Although Savoie Fils only carry a few different clothing brands, it’s really all about quality and not quantity here. They have a selection of five panels and six panels and all of your minimalist favorites from brands like Norse Projects, Barbour and Reigning Champ. They also have their own home brand clothing line where they offer long sleeve shirts, t-shirts and tote bags. You’ll want to make sure to pick yourself up a hat pin from a local designer while you’re there too!
Wherever you find yourself in the city, you will be able to have a unique shopping experience. There are plenty of options for menswear in this city, so you really have no excuses when it comes down to upgrading your style or giving your wardrobe an updgrade.
Don’t forget to check out some of the other menswear stores that have been making noise in the city either. Ibiki, Off the Hook, Bon Vivant, Boutique Archive and Campanelli will all be able to help refresh your wardrobe.