Cinthya Chalifoux, master tailor and designer at House of Bespokenov, create unique bespoke pieces in the greatest respect of the craftmanship. When they're creating a piece, the values are passion, innovation, tradition and rigour.
Immersive and complete | The house offers classes to people who want to get acquainted with the handmade and the Bespoke technique. Classes are turnkey where the house provides all the necessary materials and tools. Cinthya has followed a lot of training, she understands the importance of empowering the student to develop a critical sense, improve their understanding and practical application. She is a guardian who puts forward the sharing of knowledge for the good of the crafts.
Training and learning:
— The drawing of a pattern (School of the trades of Faubourg)
— Certificate of professional specialization in bespoke (Federation of tailor masters of France)
— Embroidery (Jeanne Bellavance) and gold embroidery (Marie-Renée Otis)
— Apprentice in making silk flowers by hand
— Member of the Conseil des Métiers d’Arts du Québec
Philippe Urban, fashion designer, headwear maker and artist, is based in Montreal since 1986. He makes hats that redefined the classic headwear by defying the conventions. He makes his hats in the greatest respect of the traditional techniques and loves to innovate with textile additions and their patterns. Each hat is hand-crafted from original and exclusive wood shapes from La Forme, Paris.
Private class | Philippe offers a class where the student acquires the basic know-how necessary to create a model in felt or straw and leaves with a hat made by hand and tailor-made for him.
Training and learning:
— Apprentice at Anita Pineault
— Home Designer for Kates Milinery Inc.
— Creation of its own brand Urban, Urbanfil and Philippe Urban
Pavlos Flikas, furrier, his first introduction to fur was at age 12, he then decided that he wanted to do apprenticeship and become a furrier. He moved to Canada when he was 16 years old, all along practising his technique in continued learning and sharing. He then mastered the art of fur making. Along with his wife Tina, he develops fair trade clothing, coats and accessories. The values of his atelier are precision, pride, passion, respect and ethics. The Starlight atelier opts for zero waist where each piece of fur is used to create a new piece. The atelier has a great respect for the fur and make sure to use all the scraps.
Introduction class | The atelier offers an introduction course where the student learns the different steps required in making a fur garment. From preparation to cutting and sewing, we will get a closer look into this ancient craft that is fur making.
— Active member of the Fur Council of Canada
— Member of the Conseil des Métiers d’Art du Québec
Tamara Rubilar, creative textile embellishment, works as a textile designer, making custom embroidery for fashion, costume design, art crafts, and personal exhibition projects. She worked for Opera de Montréal, Cirque du soleil and Disney. She develops art embroidery workshops that cater to those passionate about this art of luxury and savoir-faire. She gives workshops at Maison Bespokenov.
Professional classes | She develops art embroidery workshops that cater to those passionate about this art of luxury and savoir-faire. She gives embroidery workshops for toreros costume and Luneville hook at Bespokenov House.
Training and learning:
—Graduate at the Contemporary Textiles Center
—Embroidery (Jeanne Bellavance) and gold embroidery (Marie Renée Otis)
—Art embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework in London, and Lesage Paris School
—Gold embroidery in Spain and do an internship at Fermin, toreros costume workshop in Madrid
Alice Lambert, craftswomen in textiles, crafts and founder of Zone Tangible. It is an atelier that combines a wide variety of ancient skills: weaving, knitting, needle lace, crochet, kumihimo, embroidery and beading, not to mention macrame and dyeing. The achievements of Zone Tangible are based on a rigorous work of reflection and are distinguished by the excellence of their execution.
Various classes | The workshop offers courses in needle embroidery, weaving and knitting.
Learning and accreditation:
—Founded Tangible Zone which is perfecting itself in textile production.
—DEC in textile construction at the Centre des textiles contemporains de Montréal
—Member of Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec