They’re a must for ferreting out those one-of-a-kind and—bonus!—locally made gifts. This year, Christmas markets are more abundant than ever. To make your life easier, here is a list of exclusive sales where you can stock up on made-right-here fashion creations.
souk@sat | November 27–30
Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT) | 1201, Saint-Laurent Blvd.
The souk at the SAT: a red-letter event now in its 11th year! You’ll find gifts for everyone in a coolly chic setting. Discover local designers like Bon vivant, Betina Lou, BREED Knitting, Cantin, Electrik Kidz, La Montréalaise Atelier, Matière Noire, Matu, Naïké, Pedram Karimi, String Theory, The Stowe, Supayana, Travis Taddeo, Woolfell and Wrkdept.
Bon vivant at souk@sat
Phiéphémère | to December 20
Phi Centre | 407, Saint-Pierre St.
The Phi Centre has once again opened its pop-up shop, Phiéphémère. On the menu: über-trendy items from La Montréalaise Atelier, Denis Gagnon, Lafaille and Travis Taddeo. The perfect place to snag avant-garde gifts for your favorite fashionistas.
Renata Morales at Phiéphémère
Noël en Signatures Québécoises | December 4–7
Marché Bonsecours | 350, Saint-Paul St. E.
The Big Fashion Sale by Québec Designers (known locally as the Braderie) has rustled up a handful of local designers just in time for Christmas. Head on over to Old Montréal to browse creations by Blank, Voyou, Nadya Toto, Against Nudity, Barilà and Slak.
Against Nudity at Noël en Signatures Québécoises
Salon des métiers d'art de Montréal | December 5–21
Place Bonaventure | 800, de la Gauchetière St. W.
Year in, year out, the Salon des métiers d’art is the destination of choice for anyone seeking original gifts to put under the tree. This time around, with creations by Cantin, Cokluch, Créations Encore, Kollontaï, Myco Anna and Rachel F., you’re sure to find what you need.
Cantin traditions at Salon des métiers d'art and at souk@sat
Le Collectif pop-up shop | December 10–14
1040, Marie-Anne St. E.
For its second year running, Le Collectif is back with a pop-up shop. Cunningly located a stone’s throw from Mont-Royal metro, it’s a golden opportunity to snap up unbeatable bargains from up-and-coming designers. Rendezvous with Blank, Maillagogo, Coca Bella, Marilyne Baril, Voypa, Voyou and White Label.
Voypa au pop-up Le Collectif
Cégep Marie-Victorin's Le Comptoir mode | December 10
Pavillon Jean-Paul-Limoges | 7025, Marie-Victorin St.
December 10 marks the date of Le Comptoir mode, the temporary boutique set up by Cégep Marie-Victorin fashion students. Showcasing the program’s recent graduates as well as budding labels like 19 Cartel, Impair and Alternateve, it’s a chance to show your support for tomorrow’s star designers. Not to be missed!
Impair at Comptoir mode
Grover Christmas Market | December 11–14
Grover Building | 2025 and 2065, Parthenais St.
Looking for an original, colourful gift? Want to find the perfect little number to wear to your holiday soirées? Annie 50, Josiane Perron, Noujica, OÖM Ethikwear and Sokoloff Lingerie are coming together and throwing open their Grover Building workshops to help you cross those last names off your Christmas list.
Annie 50 at Grover Christmas Market
Foire Puces POP des Fêtes | December 12–14
Église Saint-Denis | 5075, Rivard St.
Puces POP is an eclectic roundup of over 100 vendors of all sorts. On the fashion side of things, there’s Atelier b., Atelier Martin Dhust, Barbe Rose, Le pire shirt du monde and the fun embroideries of De L’Île. A dazzling, dizzying array of local talent to lose yourself in.
Le pire shirt du monde at the Foire puces POP