Photography by: George Qua-Enoo
Photographer’s Assistant: Francis
Art Direction: George Qua-Enoo
Editor: Dana Mancini
Wardrobe Styling by: Angela DeMontigny
Assistant Stylist: Allison Elliot
Models: Jy Sage (Vogue Models & Talent) & Carmella Dolmer
One of the main goals of Locke-Taylor Magazine is to collaborate with like-minded creative individuals and businesses to bring you the best fashion, lifestyle and inspirational content. During the months running up to the production of this issue, I reached out to a number of local stores and individuals for their interest.
The latest issue of Locke-Taylor features our collaboration with DeMontigny, Krystin Leigh Smith, Pretty Grit, Rustiq Home & Gifts, Solee Shoes and Forrat’s Chocolates in an editorial entitled Woodland Getaway, where we showcase Canadian Designer Angela DeMontigny’s creations.
The creative process started more than 2 months prior to the production date over cheese and drinks in a restaurant when Angela DeMontigny presented me with an idea for a Fall fashion creative. I liked the idea so we went straight to work. We had Amanda and Annie from Pretty Grit (New and found housewares store in Hamilton, ON) contribute a wide variety of items from their store.
We sourced the help of professional Event + Prop Stylist, Krystin Leigh Smith from Toronto and Amanda Cordero from Pretty Grit, to style the beautiful scenes. Krystin brough a car load of props from her personal collections.
Stephanie from Rustic Home & Gifts in Hamilton’s Westdale supplied us with the reclaimed pallet table. Tina from Forrat’s Chocolates on Locke Street hand picked some of her best chocolates for the picnic scene. We were grateful for Lisa and Kristina from Solee Shoes who are always willing to work with us.
We were presented with the opportunity by the Novak family in Waterdown to use their beautiful property as the backdrops for the photoshoots. After scouting the property on two different occasions and times, it became clear that was the perfect location for us.
Models can make or break a creative fashion shoot. After careful considerations and searches, we decided Jy (Mohawk native) and Carmella were best suited as our models.
Angela put in great effort to make this shoot possible. She custom designed the wardrobe pieces specifically for this issue. We talked with Angela about her creative process in bring you her Fall collection.
Get to know Angela in our Q & A. Feast your eyes on the decor and props and grab them from the participating local stores
Click HERE for the spread on ISUU or scroll below.
Angela DeMontigny is a world-renowned, aboriginal designer. Her custom made, all leather clothing collections, bold accessories and statement jewelry made of semi-precious jewels and crystals, have been sold in specialty boutiques and galleries throughout North America and Europe since 1995. DeMontigny is one of the leading, authentic aboriginal designers in Canada, attracting the interest of accomplished singers, performers, and other high-profile personalities from across North America. Her wardrobe credits and interviews include – among others – CTV’s Success Stories, Fashion Television, Canada AM, Women’s Wear Daily, Flare Magazine, Chatelaine Magazine, the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards (now Indspire), the Juno’s, the Canadian Screen Guild Awards, as well as a variety of national television shows, documentaries and music videos.
This talented designer has also recently opened her beautiful, flagship boutique/gallery in the heart of Hamilton’s Art & Fashion District, James St. North. Her new location now brings her custom couture service along with her much coveted, leather handbags, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewellry, contemporary native art, exclusive soy candle line and authentic graphic art tees to a wider, local market. Drop in for a warm and inviting shopping experience or a personal fitting with the designer herself. All DeMontigny designs are MADE IN CANADA.
Where did you grow up?
On the west coast – Vancouver’s lower mainland. I was lucky to have spent my entire childhood living amongst nature – we lived near the mountain in North Vancouver up until high school so I had the opportunity to ski and hike the local mountains and spend my summers roaming the beach on Vancouver Island at my grandparent’s waterfront home near Parksville. We then moved to the beachside community of White Rock where we were constantly walking the beach and forests. The natural world has always been an important part of my being and always provides inspiration for my work.
What inspired the concept behind your brand?
It’s always been my native heritage but I realized that my last name was an important part of where my influences come from. I am Metis…so the mix of native and European influences is essentially, the foundation of my design style.
Which people in your life have had an influence on your interest in fashion?
Well I think as a young child it was my mother… she always sewed clothes for myself and my sister and always made sure we dressed appropriately (especially for special occasions) and took care that we looked our best.
This creative shoot was such a wonderful experience! I had a rough vision in my mind of how I wanted it to look after my initial meeting with George then after our first location scout, it began to take form….I wanted a beautiful, natural backdrop for my new fall pieces that would show off the colourful, fall foliage of Southwest- ern Ontario and to work with some gorgeous, horses. My best friend, Cindy Ishoy – a 6 time Olympic Dressage athlete – encouraged me to see the new barn in Waterdown where her horses were currently boarded and I fell in love with the property (especially the little island cabin in the middle of their pond).
The owners, the Novak family, (their daughter Jessica is currently training to be a young, international dressage rider under the tutelage of Cindy) were absolutely wonderful and allowed us to use whatever part of their prop-erty we needed as well as enabling us to borrow one of their beautiful horses to star in the shoot. Jessica was on hand the whole day to oversee and assist us with whatever we needed and was a great help. Our creative team of Krystin Leigh Smith (prop stylist-Toronto) and Amanda, co-owner of the newly opened ‘Pretty Grit’ store (located on James St. N., Hamilton) provided many of the props – dish and glass ware, lanterns, pillows, blankets, benches, and a variety of vintage pieces, as well as Rustiq Home in Westdale, and quite a few from my own personal collection and boutique.
We were able to pull together this eclectic mix into a cohesive look that I wanted – slightly bohemian with some vintage flair and major, native american influences. Perfect for my design style and this particular collection!
I chose the models whom I thought would best suit the inspiration and look for this collection. I am always concerned with authenticity in relation to my culture and wanted to feature Jy Quinn-Sage (Six Nations) and Carmella Michelle Dolmer (Hamilton/Phillipines) also wanted the look and vibe of the models to be slightly 70’s influenced but still modern – so the hair/MUA team of Brenda (Vibrant Beauty) and Kofo (Indigin Beauty) created beautiful make up looks that incorporated deep burgundys, purples and browns that had a slightly toned down glamour.
We were so blessed to have such a beautiful day with perfect sunlight and George was able to shoot our scenes with the absolute best, fall, afternoon light as well as the dramatic twilight shots. I am thrilled with the result (I hope everyone who sees them will be as well!) and would like to sincerely thank George for the opportunity to work with him and have my designs featured, my stunning and beautiful models (inside and out!), the entire creative crew (and special thanks to my intern Allison Elliott for all her hard work!), the Novak family and Cindy Ishoy for suggesting their property as a potential shoot location.
What did the process consist of in creating your label?
How did you go about meeting and recruiting all the talented artisans that construct your pieces?
This also takes time but I am lucky to have worked with the best in their field for many, many years. Sometimes you find them or they find you…it’s trial and error and finding the right fit with the right people and skill sets.
What was the inspiration behind this collection?
My inspiration is always influenced by the materials and colour first, but the design inspiration came from the era in which I grew up – the 70’s….this is really the first time I’ve been that influenced by a decade but I loved the free spirited attitude, slightly casual and bohemian styling with my favourite details….fringe! I’m also using my favourite fall colour palettes, burgundy, purple, off white, tan and black in some very interesting, distressed leathers, supple suedes, Mongolian lamb, shearling and gorgeous calf hair.
Who are some of the most exciting style icons and trendsetters you’ve spotted wearing your designs?
Well most of my clients are style icons and trendsetters in their own right by having their own individual style and having the confidence to dress uniquely. Anyone wearing an original DeMontigny knows that there are no 2 pieces ever made alike and that there aren’t a ton of people wearing the same thing!
Tell us about your personal style and how it has evolved through the years.
What’s next for DeMontigny?
I’m almost ready to launch my new website! A new capsule bridal collection – dresses, tuxedos and engagement/wedding rings and definitely launching a NEW signature, soy candle scent for my 1 year anniversary of the boutique/gallery! Oh, and there will be a special in-store event for my 1 year anniversary so stay tuned…
Anything we should be looking forward to in the coming year?