WHY THE LARGEST CITY IN QUÉBEC IS A SOURCE OF RESTLESS STYLE INNOVATION, AND SUPERB CUSTOM CLOTHES

BY MICHAEL AND MATT DURU

Often named Canada’s most elegant city by European fashion leaders, Montréal ranks third among North American cities in terms of number of jobs in clothing manufacturing (preceded by New York and Los Angeles). There are 1,846 establishments in operation in its fashion sector its epicenter the Garment District (Cité de la Mode), located principally along Chabanel Street in the Ahuntsic neighborhood. Design legends such as Denis Gagnon, Mackage, and Valerie Dumaine all found early success in Montréal.

This largest city in the province of Québec offers dozens upon dozens of unique boutiques and art intensive residential enclaves full of independent ateliers hard at work designing the next trends a culture of restless innovation that motivated UNESCO to name it a “City of Design” in 2006 honoring its “investment in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion, and cultural vibrancy.”

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Here at Michael Duru Clothiers, we have been sourcing men’s fashions from Montréal for many years principally because of proximity to our region, its highly skilled tailors, and short production times.

We offer custom clothing from a number of makers there with products typically completed in less than three weeks. That’s the fastest in the industry, and priced in most cases 20 to 25 percent less than Italian fashion products.

Michael Duru Clothiers
801 Broad Street, Shrewsbury 732.741.1999 /
michaelduru.com

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