Last week, I was delighted to receive an invitation to attend “The Backroom” Fashion Blogger Event, especially since I wasn’t able to attend their grand opening at the end of April due to final exams. Hosted by the wonderful owners Rachel, Marie and Karen (the latter of whom sells her designs in the shop as well), I had the wonderful opportunity to check out this concept boutique for the very first time. Despite the store only being open for two months, “The Backroom” has been gaining quite a bit of popularity among Montreal’s young fashion crowd for its unique take on featuring sustainable and upcoming fashion.
This adorable boutique focuses on three areas of fashion to promote: Lasalle College student designs, up-cycled clothing, and vintage accessories. Reminiscent of “Preloved” in Toronto (and once in Montreal), this store features reconstructed pieces in the forms of super-cute denim shorts, mini and maxi skirts, and collars and bowties. My favourite pieces in “The Backroom” came from the collection of one of Montreal’s upcoming designers and current LaSalle College fashion design student, V-Franz, who was recently featured in Canada’s “Dress to Kill” Magazine. “The Backroom” is the exclusive retailer of these beautiful draped creations, which look fantastic on many body shapes, ranging from the lithe to those with a more substantial build. While I didn’t have enough cash (they are a cash-only boutique – no debit or credit!) to splurge on this gorgeous leather applique’ skirt (it retails for $135 – a reasonable price for such a unique piece!), I decided to buy one of his beautiful turquoise skull bracelets (I think every reader of this blog knows how much I love skulls by now).
If you’re into buying something with a little more brand recognition, you can also check out the store’s collection of authentic, vintage Chanel accessories. Aside from the gorgeous turquoise bracelet that I purchased, I especially fell in love with a clear, Lucite vintage Chanel bangle, as pictured below. The store also carries a great selection of 90s-inspired pins to add a splash of pop culture to any outfit.
All in all, what is my favourite thing about “The Backroom”? I’m really in love with the idea of bringing together eco-friendly fashion, upcoming local designers, and established fashion brands under one roof. Far too often the fashion scene in many cities is dominated by big, multinational brands and accessibility to upcoming designers and eco-fashion is limited, at best. The only thing I would change about “The Backroom”? Get bigger, and get more merchandise! I’m pretty sure given the support from the Montreal fashion community, their success will continue to grow over the coming months. Not able to get to Montreal and check out the store in person? You can always check out their Etsy shop online!