If I was looking for a gift for someone but I didn’t know what, Royer would be one place I would definitely go! At first I thought it was an Art gallery (I later learned there actually is one – downstairs).
As I walked around I discovered it really is a collection of all sorts of beautiful pieces by different, mostly local artists and designers, under one roof! I shouldn’t have been surprised as Montréal is so very plein d’artistes shall we say.
This large boutique showcases a beautiful collection of blown glass, wood and ceramic pieces for the home, as well as a wide range of engravings done by local artists. The numbered Alice in Wonderland series was priced very reasonably and immediately got my attention. Knives by Grenier which display real old craftsmanship are also available.
Of note were two very unique handbag and accessory collections. One uses felt with leather accents for its unique designs. The messenger bags were my favorite – what a cool look!
Another collection, called IZZA, was actually designed by Francine who works at the boutique. I was lucky enough to discuss her designs with her. The origami bags made of rubber with handles of aircraft cable are quite amazing – completely handmade but not one stitch, all folded! You can play with the bags to create different shapes and sizes just by buttoning them in alternate ways. Imagine going out with a decent sized bag in the day and going onto dinner with an evening clutch, without ever changing purses! These are definitely for you minimalists and risk-takers! She tells me she is designing a luggage line in leather with the same concept in mind – can’t wait for that!
Also available at this boutique is a huge selection of handmade jewelry, also by local talent. Some of the more interesting pieces are the magnetic necklaces which you can mould into your own design but my personal favorites were the braided satin rope ones! Très unique!
Merci Mélanie et Francine!
( P.S. They are moving to a new location in Old Montreal right now!)
*Unfortunately, since the posting of this article, Boutique Royer is now closed for business.