About the brand
Truly a Made in Montréal brand, each and every original piece is cut and sewn right here in Montréal. Expect original prints, artful embellishments and fabulous cuts.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Katrin Leblond lives and works in Montreal, a city known for its sense of style. Montreal is a city of distinct flourishes and bold combinations, its streets filled day and night with colour, texture and movement. Katrin’s fashions are classic Montreal: they amplify, not dampen, their model’s style and personality.
Katrin began her 20-year career as a textile designer, acquiring proficiency in the most basic of elements of fashion: repeats, textures, stripes and colour. Beginning in 2004 she brought those craft-based skills and sensibilities to her own clothing collections. In 2007 she launched her own label, Katrin Leblond Design, and her own outlet, Boutique Katrin Leblond. In 2017 she started illustrating her own limited edition repeat prints.
Katrin is renowned for her artfully embellished dresses and jackets, as well as for her brilliant twists on standard cuts. Through her use of pattern and custom prints, she transforms wardrobe standards such as t-shirts, hoodies and sleeveless dresses into flawless standouts. Katrin’s collections combine discipline and detail with whimsy and vitality. Her works are inspired by trends yet outside them, and don’t go out of fashion.
Katrin is committed to ethical practice in fashion design and manufacturing. Each of Katrin’s original pieces is cut and sewn in her Montreal studio. All her materials are locally sourced, from fabrics down to thread and zipper—all produced by local workers in Montreal’s vibrant fashion sector, and requiring less fossil fuel for transport. Katrin’s works prove just how dazzling ethical fashion can be.
journey of a mask maker
Back in the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown, Katrin Leblond was one of only eight independent designers in Quebec making masks to meet growing community demand.
“I was hustling hard to source limited supplies, desperately searching for elastic, practically living out of the back of my van, shuttling between the few cutters and sewers available.”
Since then, this veteran Montreal fashion designer has navigated the ups and downs of the mask market and managed to stay true to her North Star: making apparel she describes as ‘wearable art’ based on ethical manufacturing.