New Obsession: LOWELL Montreal
Montreal is a special place for us. We both used to live there - back before we knew each other - and have some incredible memories in that city. While it's been years since we moved away, it continues to feel like home to us. Of course, it's changed so much but there is still always that sense of familiarity.
During our recent visit to Montreal we did our usual aimless wandering and stumbled upon LOWELL. It was after hours and the store wasn't technically open so we ogled all of the beautiful items from outside. The LOWELL team inside saw us and invited us in. They were having an event and assumed we were there for it. When we told them we weren't, they shrugged it off and insisted we stay and kept the drinks flowing while we browsed.
This is what Montreal is all about: no matter who you are, you're always welcome and people always want to you to have a good time.
Free drinks aside, LOWELL quickly became one of our favorite stores. I started fantasizing about all the travelling I would do with one of their beautiful leather backpacks. When we returned home from Montreal, we emailed their team to learn more about the brand and what they're all about.
Named after streets around the city, LOWELL's bags are all designed, conceived and made in their workshops in Montreal. Their aim is to create pieces that "reflect the renewed vitality of Montreal’s design" while honoring the manufacturing past of the city. Something else that's pretty great about LOWELL is that they strive to reduce their environmental impact as much as possible, using only vegetable and animal oils from renewable sources to tan their leather. Their leather is sourced from small farms across Canada and the U.S. The boutique, in the Mile End neighborhood of Montreal, also stocks clothing, accessories and home goods by other Montreal-based brands and designers.
LOWELL designs their bags and accessories to "not only to resist the wear of time, but to defy passing trends... pieces that are sober, but not overly classical". In other words, they make the perfect, timeless travel companions.
Check out some images of our new favorite store in Montreal below.