Fashion

She's Got FLARE: Lea Monaco, PR Coordinator

From within one of Canada's coolest fashion empires, our It Girl shares her favourite Montreal haunts and of-the-moment designers

Photographed at Voro Restaurant in Montreal; Photo by John Londono, rodeoproduction.com

Photographed at Voro Restaurant in Montreal; Photo by John Londono, rodeoproduction.com

Lea Monaco

24, PR Coordinator at Aldo

Fashion Manifesto: “For me, style is a declaration of your own personality. The words I live by are from Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller): ‘If it feels wrong, it looks right.'”

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Another day at the office for Lea; Photo by Lea Monaco

Prized Possession: “The Mape biker jacket from Acne. I just can’t stop wearing it.”

Designer All-Stars: “If I had an unlimited credit card, my closet would only include Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Proenza Schouler, 3.1 Phillip Lim, The Row, Acne, Preen, MSGM, Balmain, Isabel Marant, Balenciaga and a few essentials from J.Crew, because Jenna Lyons is the bomb.”

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April, May leather jacket, $880, shopbop.com. Rag & Bone dress, $610, shopbop.com. Tom Binns necklace, $133, shopbop.com. Kate Spade New York skirt, $305, katespade.com. Aldo shoes, $70, aldoshoes.com. Sophia Webster clutch, $635, sophia-webster.com.

Favourite Spring Shoe: “Hands-down, the Preen x Aldo Rise Pravda patchwork pump.”

Shop Stops: “Mimi & Coco, TNT and Want Apothecary.”

Want Apothecary

Want Apothecary

Caffeine Kick: “Olive + Gourmando in Old Montreal.”

Fresh baked croissants at Olive + Gourmando; Photo by Eric Girard

Fresh baked croissants at Olive + Gourmando; Photo by Eric Girard

Local Hangout: “The Bar with No Name is a great spot for a simple night out.”

Best Bite: “Dominion Square Tavern. Try their pulled pork sandwich, you can’t go wrong.”

Hood Rat: “I live in Mile End. It’s a Montreal hipster area where it’s easy to become a walk-everywhere-and-buy-local kind of gal.”]

Fresh produce at Jean-Talon Market in Mile End; Photo by Canadian Press

Fresh produce at Jean-Talon Market in Mile End; Photo by Canadian Press

Suggested Sunday Morning: “Go for a run on Mount Royal, then for brunch at Voro. Walk along Saint-Viateur, Saint-Laurent and Parc Avenue, and then finish your afternoon over coffee at Café Sardine. Oh! And don’t forget to stock up on a few brioches choco blanc-vanille from Boulangerie Guillaume.”