Matt & Nat to Open 1st Freestanding Store

Photo: Matt & Nat

Photo: Matt & Nat

Montreal-based eco-friendly accessory fashion brand Matt & Nat will open its first freestanding boutique this spring. The store could be the first of several Canadian locations, and the brand has secured brokerage Oberfeld Snowcap to handle its Canadian store expansion. 

Matt & Nat (short for “material” and “nature”) was founded in Montreal 1995, and is known for not using leather or any other animal-based materials in its bag and accessory designs. Since 2007, it has been committed to using linings only made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles, and it also recently introduced recycled bicycle tires to its collections. The brand has also expanded to also include footwear designs and until now, has wholesaled in other retailers. 

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Lease Plan: Cadillac Fairview, edits by  Maxime Frechette .

Lease Plan: Cadillac Fairview, edits by Maxime Frechette.

Photo:  _allagram_  via Instagram

Photo: _allagram_ via Instagram

Matt & Nat's first store in the world will open this spring at CF Carrefour Laval, just north of Montreal. According to a lease plan obtained by Retail Insider's Montreal correspondent Maxime Frechette, Carrefour Laval's Matt & Nat will be almost 1,000 square feet in size, and will be located next to the mall's La Maison Simons store. 

According to Oberfeld Snowcap, Matt & Nat is looking for retail space in enclosed malls in the 500 square foot to 1,000 square foot range for any future Canadian locations. 

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web: March 21, 2016