Montreal Alert

Montreal Alert
April 2008

Are you a go-green gal who can’t remember when you last put in some much needed “you” time? Well good news for you and the environment: Mary Anne Petrella and DanaMarie Dal Bo (Montreal-based salvage artists) have added luxurious eye pillows to their whimsical label Misssoka. Fashioned from discarded samples of pure silk and super-soft raw cotton, each pillow is brimming with 100-percent-organic lavender and flaxseed for a royally relaxing experience. Available at La Gaillarde, 4019 rue Notre Dame O., and online at WHO

Your man is starting to look like Adrian Grenier—between seasons of Entourage, that is—and while you don’t mind a little scruff, you won’t stand for Neanderthal. For a no-sweat solution, get him grooming with Fix Men by Quantum, a new line of easy-to-use products packed with good-for-him vitamins and minerals. Your guy-on-the-go will love the Double Up Conditioning Shampoo + Body Wash, formulated to cleanse and condition in one shot. If only your primping could be such a cinch. Available at professional salons. Call 1-800-361-1978 for a salon near you. WHAT

Behold The Penthouse, the stylish new spot occupying Influence U’s recently renovated third floor. Here you can browse for exclusive designs by hard-to-find labels such as Charlotte Ronson, MK2K and Milly, as well as fancy footwear from Sam Edelman and Marc by Marc Jacobs. You’ll also find an array of knockout accessories that are well worth the stair climb. 1476 rue Ste-Catherine O. WEAR

Beam with provincial pride at La Braderie de mode québécoise, a massive fashion sale serving up samples and inventory surplus from more than 50 Quebec designers, including Bodybag by Jude, Eve Gravel, Mackage, Soïa & Kyo, Marie Saint Pierre and Rudsak. At 50–80 percent off, the offerings will leave your bank account feeling dandy, too. April 17–20, Marché Bonsecours, 350 rue St-Paul E. WHEN

Head to Caffè in Gamba for your next java fix. Decked in urban-elegant décor, this cozy Mile End spot boasts some of the best beans in town, including Windy City favourite Intelligentsia and Canada’s own 49th Parallel. Order up a cup of art—literally a foamy-design-topped cuppa —then kick back on one of the chic crimson couches before picking up a pound of joe to go. Pure bellissima! 5263 ave. du Parc. WINE

Janna Zittrer