Epic Luxury Shopping at Frank and Oak in Montreal – Montreal is a city of fashion and artful design. As the biggest city in Quebec, it’s established itself to be a hub of creativity where even new talent thrives. It’s not like France or New York. In those fashion hubs, fierce competition is the name of the game. But in Montreal, there’s a real camaraderie among designers of all flavors. It’s not only endearing, but is pressing the Montreal fashion scene forward.
To see proof of this in reality, take a look inside nearly any boutique along The Main – the affectionate nickname for Saint Laurent Boulevard. In the hipster neighborhood of Mile End, it’s local artists and brands reigning supreme. And, if that’s not enough, consider the fact that the majority of items for sale were also produced within Montreal. That’s led to nearly 60% of Quebec’s fashion industry jobs being housed in Montreal.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that Montreal’s high-end, international scene is dead. You’ll find plenty of big names here, too. In the neighborhood of Golden Square Mile, you’ll discover brands like Escada and Hermes, just to name a few.
But, perhaps the chicest boutique to visit on a shopping trip to Montreal is Frank & Oak.
This local brand began in 2012. It was only an online boutique specializing in men’s clothing. They quickly followed with a women’s line and now they have physical stores throughout Canada. In fact, Frank & Oak has something of a cult following with the younger generations. This is thanks to the everyday feel of their pieces – aesthetically pleasing, classic pieces, that most refer to as Instagram-worthy. Think 90s jeans, miniskirts of woolen plaid, 80s style blazers – without the shoulder pads, of course.
Part of their allure is their ethics and sustainability promises. From their clothing to their physical stores, they operate from a place of ecologically forward thinking. Stores are built using only the most sustainable of materials and labor and design are provided by artists local to Canada. There are three Frank & Oak locations in the city and each offers haircare and custom fitting appointments.