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Is Quebec fashion too commercial?

thomastait.jpgThomas Tait is a young fashion designer making it big in London.

He's originally from Hudson, west of Montreal. He studied fashion at LaSalle College.

But then he headed across the Atlantic to study at the prestigeous Central Saint Martins College. And now, from his atelier in Hackney, East London, he's producing clothes that are sold in some of the most exclusive stores and boutiques in the world.
 
Thomas says our fashion industry on this side of the ocean may better be called an apparel industry.He says it focuses more on technical ability and marketing than the art of design.

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So what does a designer who has made here career here in Quebec think about what Thomas has to say?

Mariouche Gagné is the founder and designer of Harricana.

It's a line of jackets and accessories using recycled fur and other recycled materials.

Mariouche has trained in Europe, but her main store and workshop is in Montreal, and many of her items are made in Loretteville. She sells her designs internationally -- exporting to about 18 countries.

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