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Top 5 Stores to Buy Summer Denim in Montreal

Buzz Jeans With a roster of jean brands that reads like an industry who’s who (think AG, Citizens of Humanity, Hudson, J Brand, Nu...


Buzz Jeans


With a roster of jean brands that reads like an industry who’s who (think AG, Citizens of Humanity, Hudson, J Brand, Nudie etc.), you’ll always be well-served by hitting this MTL mainstay. On my visit, owner George Krausz‘s passion and knowledge for his product was apparent - he noticed my dark wash pair of Naked and Famous and proceeded to give me a crash course in selvedge denim. Top notch service is one of their cornerstones as the staff is uber-knowledgeable about their lines, and offer approachable, personalized service with a laidback, youthful vibe. And to keep the buzz going and build on the customer base, they’ve put together an employee-generated blog, and boast a new online store offering most of the lines they carry. 5508 Monkland Ave. Montreal, 514.483.0909 

255 St-Viateur West. Montreal, 514.277.9461

Denim Kings

When you do find this off-the-beaten-path jean shop way uptown near Highway 40 you won’t help but feel like you’ve entered somewhere that only those in-the-know frequent. Makes sense since Phil Pinto and Yannick van der Knaap, great friends, event promoters, and partners in the venture, have always had a knack for creating mystique around the trendiest places on the scene. Their game is designer denim brands at 40-70% off regular retail prices, rounded out by cool sportswear and footwear lines. The décor works as an extension of the concept – down a couple flights of metal stairs to the basement you’ll find the merch neatly arranged on racks and on tables, club music beat going.

8575 St.Laurent Blvd., Montreal

Boutique Manhood

Located in MTL’s burgeoning Soho neighbourhood of Mile End, Manhood is the brainchild of veteran fashion professional Julie Parenteau, and offers a contemporary and urban take on guy’s fashion. with such names as J.C Rags, Schott, Kaporal, Legend & Soul, Fred Perry, Palladium Boots and many more. Positioned in the upper middle market, the store speaks squarely to young professionals developing a sense of their own, ya know. Soon to be on your own manhood style radar is the Unbranded Brand, a new label from the folks at Naked and Famous, available in 3 different fits (skinny, tapered, and straight), and retailing for under 100$ a pair.

5226 St.Laurent Blvd., Montreal

514-273-4626

Superior Pants

Long before the city’s recent commitment of resources to gentrifying the St.Laurent/St.Catherine hood, Superior Pants was around building reliable street cred as the go-to for such brands as Levis, Guess, Buffalo, Mavi, and have continued to grow to include Jack and Jones, True Religion, Diesel, and a host of others, all piled high and housed in a relaxed, no frills shop. The third generation of this family-run denim emporium, Mitch Stroll speaks candidly about the need to market to new customers, engage in social media, and perhaps fix the place up a bit. But the brisk business happening while I was there, along with the added bonus of alterations done free of charge and on-site, make me wonder if the old-school specialty shop formula wasn’t just what make them superior to so many others.

69, Ste-Catherine Street East, Montreal

514-842-6969 

Boutique Tozzi


Opened in the Fall of 2010 Boutique Tozzi is one MTL’s newest players on the menswear scene, and has some solid style know-how behind it. A fashion buyer with a decade of experience, Joey Tozzi has confidently assembled a well-balanced mix of trendsetting denim complemented by a plethora of sportswear and accessory lines, among them Hip & Bone, Creative Recreation, Tretorn, William Rast, Chaser, Qwstion, Icerok, Drykorn, and Kevin Roussel. The store’s calming all-wood décor and comfortably spaced display furniture makes even browsing enjoyable while you focus on the task of putting together some great summer looks. 2115 Crescent, Downtown Montreal

514.285.2444

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