Karina, sales associate at LOWELL

Karina just finished her last year at l'École supérieure de mode de Montréal, ESG UQAM, in Fashion Management and Design. She also works at Mile End's shop LOWELL and have many other projects like @dossier.magazine.

What do you do for a living? Tell us what a typical day is for you?

My typical day always starts with a homemade cappuccino and a quick yoga session. Most of the time I go to a Montreal café, most of the time at Larue Jarry for a good study session. I finish every day with a good dinner with my family.



Name a thing that only a few people know about you!

I don't really like watching TV, even for a movie. Sitting for a long time makes me quite nervous I'll say!! Bizarre for an activity that is supposed to be relaxing.


What makes Montreal special for you?

Its neighbourhoods!! Oh my! The days in Montreal are long and full of joy. I love walking in Montreal and visit six different neighborhoods on the same day. I am pleased with our transportation system which allows me to travel from one neighbourhood to another in a short time. It allows me to change atmosphere as soon as I want! This is pretty cool. And the charm of Mount Royal of course.

How do the people around you nickname you?

Bella !!! In fact I say so often to everyone, that all my entourage to start naming me in the same way.

Do you have projects that are important to you?

I  just finished my Bachelor's degree, and with my end-of-study project team, we launched an independent paper magazine about the local fashion, @dossier.magazine. The launch was made at Lowell on May 17th and it was a real success! I'm so proud !

Your favorite place to sip a drink or a good coffee?

Oh boy! It is difficult because I drink a lot of coffee. However my "go to place" is Larry's for coffee and tapas already! After work, I like to go and get a good negroni at the Waverly bar :).


Your favorite place to enjoy a good meal?

I always have a big "craving" for the tacos, so Capital is really my favorite place. Carnitas tacos accompanied by a Modelo !!! YUM

Your preferred Instagram account?

@janytremblay is so inspiring especially that it captures the perfect surroundings of Montreal. It allowed me to discover small places perfect for studying and drinking good coffee. There is a certain authenticity in it that inspires me to discover even more Montreal. We have so many hidden places in Montreal and this account is perfect for making new discoveries for shops and coffee shops.

A cause important for you?

All causes that save the planet !!! Hahah already I'm pretty close to the local community in Montreal and I hope to be even more so over the next few years. I have a strong conscience about everything I consume or what I do not consume, so I really tend towards minimalist and quality consumption.


What is your favorite bag and why?

All my accessories are functional enough while being aesthetically cute! The Casgrain model at LOWELL is, in my opinion, the bag that meets all my needs at the same time. In a day, I bring enough things with me and sometimes gets heavy on the shoulder. With this bag I can quickly transform it from bag to backpack while keeping its style a little more chic with suede tan !!! too handsome

 Casgrain bag (shop here!)