Sponsored by Designer Collections :: 3643 Saint Laurent, Suite 400
I pushed open the lobby door to my office and took a step onto the street. The light reflected off the pale cement and blinded my eyes – a startling loss of sight that I’ve grown accustomed to during these summer months. The adventure of the day: to find Designer Collections, a touring discount sample sale, and procure new threads with my bi-monthly corporate paycheck.
I know two things about Designer Collections: it lays two floors above Le Swimming and the attire is priced at 80% below retail.
The quest began and before I knew it, a sign appeared outside of Le Swimming spelling the letters D-E-S-I-G-N-E-R C-O-L-L-E-C-T-I-O-N-S. Perfect! Removed my shades and climbed up four flights of stairs with a feeling of pre-buyer satisfaction. This feeling stemmed from my heighten knowledge of consumerism, meaning that I was aware of the stores in the surrounding hood that were selling the same street and urban wear at a higher price.
The discount sample sale is located in a 4th storey loft with big bay windows and two changing rooms enclosed by blue drapes. Inside the loft you can find racks of clothes with well-known high end labels such as Ben Sherman, Parasuco, and Mexx and hip street wear lines that include Triple Five Soul, Fornarina, Dex, Ecko, Caffeine, FCUK, and 55 DSL.
Rummaging through the abundant racks of quality discounts, I stumbled upon a Paul Frank summer-flower shirt. Slipping into the shirt brought on a new persona, one that exudes “look at me I’m chill and styling.” My wallet and I decided that this was the shirt for me.
Continuing riffling through the clothes I found a clandestine section that features independent local designers. This discovery, for some unknown reason, led me to thoroughly analyze each article of clothing intimately, and to my avail, each piece of clothing was remarkable as the high end labels. I was impressed of my fellow Montrealers and of Designer Collections for supporting our community.
The operation was accomplished; I bought a nice shirt for a nice price, and it was time to go. Bidding my farewell to the staff an immense copper armadillo tail came to my attention. The armadillo was out of place, clashing with its environment, but somehow it felt like it belonged there. I wanted to ask for the price of this copper fiend, but my manners knew better, certain things are not meant to be taken out of their natural environment.
I put on my shades, pushed open the door, and took a step onto the street. Looking back at Designer Collections, it brought forth an interesting environment. The racks were laced with sassy denim, fresh party ensembles, sexy urban street wear, and copper armadillos at a cheap prices. Clearly worth your time, check it out.
Check out the Fall Sample Sale on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th.
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