Montreal, Quebec – New York-based designer Catherine Malandrino is expanding beyond the U.S market with the opening of the brand’s first Canadian flagship boutique in Montreal. Ideally situated on Montreal’s Golden Mile, the boutique offers the latest fall and holiday collections inspired by the French Art Deco movement, a celebration of geometric shapes and refined craftsmanship.

“As a Parisian living in New York, I always thought of Canada as the bridge between United States and Europe. On a human scale, I see Montreal as the quintessential combination of both lifestyles,” says Catherine. Inspired by French nuance merged with New York modernity, the Montreal boutique combines the loft open space of a New York city gallery with the French glamorous lifestyle. Accents of citrus yellow on mirror walls and oversized leather couches encourage a relaxed yet refined atmosphere. “The space is distinct, sophisticated and daring,” adds Malandrino, “it is the ultimate feminine experience”.

On November 19th, BandMark attended the opening party (fashionably late!) co-hosted with renowned fashion curator Thierry Loriot. Thierry and Catherine have known each other for a very long time and the designer is very influenced by Thierry’s passion for art and fashion. At their chique Montreal flagship store on the corner of Mackay and  Sherbrooke, we enjoyed a sneak peak at the fabulously feminine line with other industry socialites. Among those were comedian Sugar Sammy, show host Genevieve Borne, Denis Gagnon and Mitsou Gelinas. To our pleasant surprise, our Montage model & friend Michelle McHugh was dressed in a gorgeous blue crushed velvet dress. Another great event by Veronica Redgrave of Communications Redgrave de Miguel.

Today Catherine Malandrino has become a face that embodies femininity and strength. Bridging the style of Paris, the romance of Provence and the energy of New York, the Catherine Malandrino voice is embraced by women of style all around the world. In spring 2014, Catherine Malandrino will be awarded the Chevalier des Arts et de la Culture by the French government.

Feel like shopping ladies? Catherine Malandrino Boutique, 1472 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec.