Posted Dec 5, 2009 in Accessories, Made in Canada | 0 Comments

Smart Design Mart Montreal

Pattern Recognitions

As the Locavore trend takes off in culinary circles, it seems time to consider local fashion.

The foodies got it right: buying local is both ethically and sartorially rewarding, and indie designers in Montreal are creating some truly interesting collections.

Last weekend found me at the Smart Design Mart, a curated design fair that showcased some of the best Montreal designers. I was blown away by the delicate scarves of the Pattern Recognitions line. The designer digitally prints her own abstract photographs and video stills on translucent silk, giving her creations an airy, ethereal quality.

Pattern Recognitions Scarf

Another booth that caught my eye was Norwegian Wood, a line designed by Angie Johnson. Johnson is an innovative designer and I really liked her take on the patterned legging trend. The leggings from her Luxe collection (which fit more like skinny jeans than leggings) would look great with an oversized, monochrome top or dress and stacked-heel ankle boots.

Norwegian Wood Leggings

Shopping locally not only allows you to support independent artists, but also makes it possible to buy high-quality design on a student’s budget. Though they aren’t cheap, these lines are vastly more accessible than big-name designers and, unlike cheaper, mass-produced chains, offer handmade products that are unique.

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