Our process involves finding and working with new, alternative, and sustainable materials whenever possible. We’ve been using linings made out of recycled plastic bottles for a while now, and have experimented with cork for a few seasons. For our Fall 13 offering, we were determined to include some recycled rubber elements in our collection. We had been toying with the idea for a while, and after some experimentation, we decided to introduce the bane wallet in rubber this season. Because it’s recycled, there can be variations in the surface of the material, that’s part of the beauty, a reminder of the roads well traveled. The Bane sold out quite quick this season, though leading up to production, we sampled a few bags with rubber detailing. The bag we are giving away this week on our Facebook page is our limited edition Soren in Blue. This bag is particularly special as you can find elements of the recycled rubber throughout. We experimented using it on the bottom feet & the inner hang tag on this edition. It was a little tricky as a material to use for the entire construction of the bag unfortunately, but we loved the process and the overall rough, imperfect finish of it that we felt it was necessary to include somehow.
The contest runs from September 30th- October 7th.
You can enter to win HERE.
Today marks the first day of POP Montreal! Our 12TH annual international music festival, that runs from the 25th – 29th of September. The POP fest is a nice way to end the summer and embrace the season change with an explosion of creativity that surrounds the city. The streets vibrate with music, art, film, fashion and conferences at every block.
Here are a few FREE events not to miss:
Tonight : POP Montreal 2013 Opening Party! 6-7:30pm , Quartiers POP, 3450 St-Urbain
Grab a complimentary drink ( or two) and snacks! To kick off the festival right with special musical guests!
Tonight : Fashion Pop / 8pm @ The Rialto , 5723 Parc
Presenting the work of this year’s most promising local emerging creators in fashion design. A panel of fashion industry judges will pick their favourite collection and the winning designer will receive a slew of prizes to help give them that push to jumpstart their career.
Madeleine Voizard & Daniel Quiroz
26- 29th of September : Puces pop @ Eglise St-Michel ( 105 St- Viateur W.)
For Art lovers, here is your chance to discover local artists at affordable prices. Eglise St-Michel ( 105 St- Viateur W.)
Friday 27th @ 4:30/ 3450 St. Urbain
” One of the most important legal minds in the Canadian Entertainment Industry, Susan Abramovitch, will be joined by startups, technology, and new media lawyer Reuven Ashtar (moderator), Secret City Records President, Justin West, and Montreal-based, Polaris Prize winning musician, composer and band leader, Patrick Watson, to discuss the development of music as intellectual property in a contemporary digital context, the cultural impact that this may be having, and how society might want to proceed.”
The fun part of designing bags here at MATT&NAT is that we’re a small family. We’re a creative team of 3, and an office of 12 . Designing the bags involves a lot of style research, grabbing inspiration from our trips and bouncing ideas back and forth in our office. Every bag goes through a little torture before we are completely satisfied. The Sid was originally inspired by a Japanese man on a flight back from California who was dressed impeccably wearing a neat shaped bag. As we approached, we snatched a photo of him to keep for inspiration. His edgy style translated into many of our design choices. The big zippers and strong lines resulted from it.
Our first prototype had a large front zipper pocket and more stitching details. After wearing the bag for a few weeks, we decided to come back to simplicity and functionality. The button pocket in the front and simple lines were a result of this.
The Sid is meant for every day wear. I personally love it for weekends when you need a little extra shopping room! We are currently designing our Fall/Winter 14 collection. Stay tuned for what’s in store!
Travel destination : Stinson beach, California.
This was one of my favorite travel destinations I went to this summer. I’m a travel enthusiast, so whenever I have a few days to spare, and willing adventurers I try to make the most of it. This hidden gem was an hour north of San Francisco. A group of 7 of us drove up in a van, and a scooter, swirling up and down the hills being breath taken by the natural beauty the whole ride. We explored around our cabin and found a natural hot springs that we took full advantage of. Whenever you have the chance, grab some friends, take off your shoes, jump in the ocean and adventure off into paradise. It was a great escape the frantic pace of everyday life.
Where to next….