Hometown Debrief: Mackage in Montreal
It's nearly jacket season, and the Canadian twosome behind fashion label Mackage encourage you to zip up (preferably in one of their coats) and hang out around Montreal. Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan give us the local low-down.
Local breakfast spot: Beautys on Mont-Royal. They have authentic Montreal bagels and the absolute best banana bread.
Where you go when you need inspiration: If we're home we both like to spend time in Old Montreal, the incredible architecture and design gets the creative process rolling. But we also love to travel for inspiration. Just seeing people on the street in other parts of the world gives us a different perspective on life's little things. For example, dusk in Tokyo inspired our color palette for spring/summer 2012 — the lighting over the cityscape is ethereal.
Best spot for people-watching: Everywhere. The city is bursting with energy and there are stylish people all over. In the summertime check out the Hotel Nelligan's rooftop terrace in Old Montreal.
Your office is located at 600 Chabanel in the garment district.
You wish your office was located on a beach (in a perfect world). But in reality, we wish we could move our office (with our whole team) to New York.
Your preferred mode of travel around the city: We both drive, and we're always jetting from place to place in and out of the city, so a car is really necessary.
Your favorite city joy ride: A drive up to Mont Tremblant in the fall is an experience not to be missed. The changing colors of the leaves are striking, it almost looks like the hills are on fire. The added bonus is a trip to the Spa Scandinave once you get up there.
Where you go when you want to be in the middle of it all: St. Laurent Street during Grand Prix weekend. The whole street is shut down and the gorgeous people of Montreal flock to the pop-up terraces set up on the sidewalks. It's a place to see and be seen.
Where you go when you need an escape: A visit to the Bota Bota floating spa on the waterfront is like getting away without having to leave the city.
Most underated thing in your city: Our nightlife. A lot of people don't realize that Montrealers love to party, any and every night of the week.
Most overrated thing in your city: The cold in the winter. As long as you’ve got your Mackage outerwear on, it’s barely noticeable.
Best place for an afternoon coffee: A Sunday afternoon? Olive and Gourmando in Old Montreal. The sandwiches are amazing, too.
Favorite local shop: Holt Renfrew.
You dream about your meal at Ryu — Japanese fusion and a total hot spot. It's one of our favorite restaurants right now.
Favorite local icon/monument/institution: The observatory on Mont Royal.
The best thing about your neighborhood, Hampstead,is the proximity to downtown. It’s a beautiful, calm community, but only a quick trip to the vibrant streets of downtown Montreal.
Current local buzz word: It changes daily and it's usually the name of a new bar, restaurant, or store that's about to open.
Best book or movie based in your fair city: Incendies, the 2010 Canadian Oscar nominee for best foreign film. We're proud to support fellow Quebecers like film writer and director Denis Villeneuve.
Best way to pass an evening: Elisa: With my husband and two-year-old son.
Eran: Out for drinks with friends at Velvet at L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel.
No trip to Montreal is complete without poutine.
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