Monday, June 18, 2012

CYRIL AND OLIVIA GOT GINGHAM for la Frénésie sur la Main

Nobody is protesting the fact that Montreal is in short supply of some of the most glamourous couples... but we're still climbing the walls for more Gingham.
18th June, Twenty-Twelve (Montreal) This past weekend Montreal took a break from banging pots and pans and campaigning to overthrow The Liberal Gummint by taking to the streets to relax. Whew! Boulevard St-Laurent was set up for its annual street fair where several hundred thousand people usually convene over four days of sunshine in the streets. Obvious in its absence were the usual rabble of trouble-makers, erm, we mean protesters... upset with the current state of affairs in the world.
It would seem that the protest movement in Quebec is based along Boulevard St-Laurent since the strikers all seemed to be happily going up and down the street participating in all the fun (like shopping, eating, laughing and drinking). Les Carrés Rouges were everywhere in the crowd, meaning that the Protest Movement in Quebec might subconsciously consider La Frénésie sur la Main sacred territory. 
No wonder we chose Cyril and Olivia for this week's post. Look at Cyril's fine-cut custom-sewn Blue Gingham Night Owl he ordered from his tailor off Dominion Square in downtown Montreal. There is no other shirt in the world that looks like this, feels like this and acts like this. Now take a look at our friend Olivia... she's wearing green Original Indonesian-style Striped Gingham that will have you walking under ladders. Trust us, there is no other woman in the world who looks like this, feels like  this... acts like this... etc.
Thanks Cyril and Olivia, you can both now head into the streets and go back to stopping traffic.


Responsible pet owners take care of their pooches by dressing properly for walks.

Wearing Gingham allows you to ride a bike and eat an apple at the same time.

Some people close their ears to the world with music. Others close their eyes by not wearing Gingham.

Notice: the sign warns of restrictions on alcohol consumption but absolutely no limit to the Gingham.

The Fringe Fest tent was a Gingham magnet.

Middlemen, Backroom Boys and Front End Loaders... they all look good in Gingham.

A Gingham Stampede: makes that thing in Calgary look like a tip-toe through the tulips.

Everybody in Gingham seemed to have a huge crowd of people around them.

Tens of thousands of people came from miles around to look at the Gingham.

It looks like they're queuing up to make a payphone call, but it's just an illusion. What's for real is the Gingham.

Nothing quite like strolling around in the twilight of the day, in the twilight of our youth, in the twilight of our Gingham.

You'd think all we do all day in Montreal is drink, eat, party, protest and wear Gingham. How might you get that idea? Probably by living here for a decade and observing what Montrealers actually do.

But you would be wrong. Montrealers spend much of the day in bed, either sleeping or making love. Most of the other stuff you heard about happens at night.
Even the side streets were overflowing with the Classic Red fabric of summer.

NYC-Style Gingham is breaking new barriers in Montreal.

I told my mate to go across the street and look at the camera as if he were a random person in Gingham, then this guy came along and saved us the trouble.

Hats, tats and I'd like some more of that's, outside Barfly.

The Friperie District (OK, four shops in a row at the corner of Duluth) was tipping over with our fave fabric.

Yesterday was Father's Day. Wearing Gingham will ensure that your kid will make some kind of gesture towards you like send you a Father's Day Card or not crap all over your lap at lunch.

Not ten seconds later our Father is replaced by a younger model, childless, but not Ginghamless.

Fine-hatch Gingham keeps you in the pink. Bag strap still a hot look this year.

Portugal fans watch their team in Gingham. They won the match. That's all the proof you need.

Outside Cul-de-Sac Eddie [see here] is back! Remember him? Always a pleasure no matter the weather.

This guy's making a sharp turn towards some more Gingham.

Doin' the Gingham Hustle through the Friperie District.

This guy is giving free advertising for that yoga company. It has all sorts of slogans on the bag that they want you to believe are their corporate "values" and perhaps feel like buying more yoga stuff. Didn't seem to work.  No yoga gear on this guy. He wears Gingham.

The Fringe Theatre fest is on right now. That means each act is madly postering town to encourage attendance. This guy is doing it in Gingham. All of a sudden thousands of passers-by wanna know what he's fly-posting.

More Montreal Street Style later this week, so keep checking back at this location.

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Today's caption "This is not an exercise in public relations" is actually, totally, for sure an exercise in public relations. 100% guaranteed, no question of it at all, take our word for it or your money back, I mean, who d'you think we're kiddin'?

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