For fine dining, she reserves a table at Toqué! to savor chef Normand Laprise’s celebrated French cuisine. When she feels like Japanese food, Saint Pierre heads to Mikado, a local institution. “Sitting at the bar is super fun. I appreciate the kitchen’s attention to detail. Their sushi and sashimi is meticulously constructed, like a work of art. Even the tableware is handmade.”Saint Pierre is a champagne enthusiast who likes a glass of Huré Frères at Le Serpent in Old Montréal. “I’ll sip a glass of Veuve Clicquot or Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée, but I also like to champion the smaller champagne producers, too,” she smiles.
Glory in the Golden Square Mile
As well as her 12,000-square-foot atelier in the Chabanel district, Saint Pierre has a stand-alone boutique in the Golden Square Mile downtown neighborhood, so she knows the best haunts in the city center.
“I like to people-watch at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and shoe shop at Holt Renfrew and Browns,” she notes. “The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts—or the Musée des Beaux-Arts—is just around the corner from my boutique, and it never fails to present out-of-the-box exhibitions. It takes fashion seriously and paid homage to Jean Paul Gaultier by mounting a large-scale show in 2011 that toured the world.”
From her boutique, Saint Pierre enjoys spotting local up-and-coming design talent: “I’m very excited about the jewelry made by LLY Atelier,” says Saint Pierre. “They use precious metals in a modern, sculptural way. It’s raw and new.”
Saint Pierre is also a champion of Lambert et Fils, a high-end lighting design studio in Montréal. “Their lamps are so poetic—totally unique,” she says. “I like that they’re entirely conceived, manufactured, and assembled in town.”
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When she’s ready to unwind after her fall collection, Saint Pierre heads to Spa Strøm on Nuns’ Island or Bota Bota in the Old Port. “Bota Bota is on the water, quite literally, so it’s a unique experience,” says Saint Pierre. “Their Nordic baths have special views of the Saint Lawrence Seaway and Old Montréal.”