Some of Inukt’s favorite things at the Auberge St. Antoine


Scones, fireplaces and fashion, these are three of our favourite things.

That is why les Thés de la Mode’s fashion initiative is as pleasant as it is successful. It combines all of these wonderful things.


The “Thé à la mode” Fashion show is a monthly event for fashion aficionados at l’Auberge Saint-Antoine. The General Manager of the Auberge, Jean-Louis Souman, who comes to Quebec straight from Paris, initiates this event. We aren’t surprised that someone with the fashion capital background imagined the traditional English High Tea livened up with a fashion show.

How pleasant to savor a delicious assortment of salmon and cucumber sandwiches, macaroons and delicate yet very flavorful pastries surrounded by the elegant surroundings of the Café-Bar.

Every event presents collections of Quebec’s designers presented by models that thankfully are a more generous with smiles than the fashion capital’s sultry models. We loved seeing them wear our fur bags,  sheepskin shoes and fur coats.

Inukt was very pleased to be part of the Thé a la Mode alongside Myel jewelry whose designer is as sweet and charming as her jewelry. Inspired by her travels, by the art and culture, and by the history of the many countries she has visited, Myriam Elie launched her first collection in 2013. The other brand of the day was Bagages de France a boutique that is nestled amid the stonewalls of picturesque Quebec. Bagages de France sells handbags, luggage, jewelry and accessories for men and women and makes each shopping experience welcoming.  They meet up to the standards of Longchamp the practical French luxury brand they carry.


Inukt was delighted to get nice feedback from the event in The Press that noticed we were becoming more luxurious and urban…some more of our favorite things.

The whole show will soon be featured on the informative and inspiring fashion tv show 4 Epingles.

Oh and all this to the sound of Edith Piaf, Laurie Darmon (listen to her if you haven’t yet) and Ed Sheeran and Passenger.

We wish to address a Special thanks to Lara Dussault, Olivier Leblanc and Julien Christophe who organized all this with ease, style and panache.

Inukt at Ogilvy’s in Downtown Montreal

INUKT at Oglivy’s click here for video

In this weeks Gazette the description of the Cabinet Ephémère or Pop up Store at Ogilvy’s reads ” There is indeed a carousel, a conveyor belt of fashions on which a hot pink fur jacket stands out, among racks showcasing 26 labels in the third edition of the Cabinet Éphémère, a pop-up shop that will stay in place in the downtown luxury department store until Jan. 4, 2015.”

That hot pink jacket is Inukt’s and was a big success at the event.


After the  Cabinet Ephémère that was organized by the CCMQ or Consel des Créateurs de Mode du Québec) at the prestigious C2 Montreal for a selection of designers, among the Inukt, we were all very happy to move as one to the fifth floor of Ogilvy’s.

“The partnership with Ogilvy is a dream,’’ said Linda Tremblay, director of the Conseil, which organized and produced the pop-up shop with help from Ogilvy. It shares the fifth-floor space with a new outerwear department, each of about 4,000 square feet.

The pop-up phenomenon was pioneered internationally by Japanese visionary Rei Kawakubo in 2004 to generate buzz, and has been picked up by both emerging designers and major luxury brands from Paris to L.A.

Fashion just loves this Pop up phenomenon that gives fashion one more twist and a lot of edge.


Inukt at C2 Montreal




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This year marks Inukt’s first presence among the circle of designers represented at the prestigious C2 Montreal.

Last year was the first successful year of the Cabinet Ephèmere or Pop up store as part of C2 Montreal. The Cabinet represents 25 designers that are part of the CCMQ or Conseil des créateurs de mode du Québec.

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Inukt is very proud to be part of this selection. Linda Tremblay, at the head of the CCMQ and the very competent Emilie Robidoux in charge of coordinating the event, hosted a cocktail on the very first evening of this event, may 27, celebrating the C2 with all of the designers and their guests. The theme was the spinner and it could be found throughout the Pop up display : in a very elegant spinner from the turn of the century placed, in the play of fonts signaling the Cabinet Ephèmere and incorporated in the design on the hangtags and the program. This elegant and subtle theme was by Michele Lepage.

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This year the C2 was officially described  by organizers as “A business conference somewhere 
between genius and insanity”.

Indeed very “out-of-the-box-subjects were broached such as: “How can I make my fears taste more like ice cream?”  : A quest after your creativity with “The Guide for Inquiring Minds”.

In this era of technology where we must continuously learn and master new internet communication tools without letting apprehension or stress get in the way, it is a good idea to not let fear get in our way and to associate it with the care free idyll we have with ice cream.

Which links back to another theme brought forth by Welby Altidor, Executive Director of Creations – Creative Content at Cirque du Soleil.

“Creativity in business means solving problems without the ability to use an instruction manual.”

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As discussed coincidentally that same week by Marcus Sheridan on his podcast “The Sales Lion”: There is no roadmap. All the “A students” of yesteryear who want to concisely fill in the blanks are going to have a hard time. There is no order or method. But at the end of the day “you still got to get the job done”, Sheridan concludes. That probably entails getting it done in a digital, slightly haphazard way which is contrary to the linear way some of us have been used to.

The C2 think tank brought forth some beautiful examples of creative digital thinking and out-of-the box or without-a-roadmap solutions

Simon Berry, co-founder and CEO of ColaLife described how he pondered on how to spread the cure for diarrhea to as many people as possible and after realizing that even in far off villages Coca cola could be found, he enlisted their help. Diarrhea medicine now reaches far-out regions  by fitting perfectly in between the rows of Coca cola bottles in delivery crates.

Jean-François Archambault, General Director and Founder of La Tablée des Chefs shared how feeding the poverty stricken was not a sufficient goal in itself in his book . His next battle is to eradicate poverty and the need for food distribution by giving teenagers the skills to budget and plan meals through his program that brings chefs right into their schools. After studying the situation he realized that most of the families that have to resort to food banks, do so only at the end of the month when there is no money left hence the necessity to provide budgeting tips. Many children that go to food banks will never have been exposed to meal planning in their homes and thus the necessity to teach them meal planning.  By studying and analyzing these problems he came up with these solutions that could decrease need for food banks.

Jerry McGrath, Director of Innovation & Program Partnerships at the Banff Center also gave us examples of how bringing together unusual associations could result in solutions.  After  the fear of radiation in Japan by the damaged Fukushimi Daiichi nuclear power plant, mothers overprotected their children with layers of clothing and prohibited them from going out. This led to a lack of vitamin D. causing snippets. One of Jerry’s friends, a native from Japan brought together her two areas of expertise to service this cause:  the construction of robots and web sites. She sent out gauges to be assembled to different parts of Japan that could measure radiation and simultaneously set up a website where all participants could enter their readings for the general population to consult. Inhabitants of Japan came to trust this source of information more than any coming from their government. The results encouraged mothers to let their children get out of the house and normalize their intake of vitamin D.

This talk like many others led to role playing, improvisations and other stimulating networking opportunities. Montreal is very fortunate to hold an event as inspiring as C2, that brings our city creative thinkers and altruist personalities from all over the world and Inukt felt very fortunate to be even a very little part of this event.

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Hiawatha boots and  Abinodji collar at the C2

Inukt at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Side-English small Inukt was honoured to launch the Fall 2013 collection, the 17th of october at the prestigious store of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.   It is among the most prominent museums of Canada. The museum is located on the historic Golden Square Mile stretch of Sherbrooke Street.  The Chihuly exhibition, considered the “Tiffany” of our time was just making way for Splendore a Venezia, featuring Art and Music from the Renaissance to Baroque Venice. The museum has been extended and renovated into four pavillions that house an impressive permanent collection with over 38,000 works, 85% of them donated or purchased over the years with private funds, making the MMFA  one of the largest art museums in Canada.

The MMFA’s Boutique features objects with a clear connection to art and design, with particular emphasis on the creations of Quebec artists and artisans.

The Inukt collection on display represented nearly all of Inukt’s generous array of products: home wares, fashion accessories, handbags, and Jessica Bloodstone handmade silver jewelry. The Wigwam arm chair occupied center stage along with the Ondamita barstool. Fur bags were the big success of the evening with the  first sale of the season of a Papagwash  bag. The happy customer flew back to her native Paris with her Made in Canada purchase. The leather  Osawabik and Songideewin bags were also the talk of the evening.  Another great success of the evening was the wine from Pillitteri estates winery, one of Canada’s leading ice wines. The beautiful fall evening was complemented with delicious black chocolates dipped in orange peels and other dried fruits from Chocolats Andrée, the Parc avenue workshop-boutique mastering these classics since 1940.

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A funny thing happened to me the Saturday before I met Jessica Bloodstone. I was walking in the street with my mother and daughters and had to stop because a small obtrusive object seemed to have found its way into my boot. I emptied it to find a small pink pearl. Strange. No one nearby was wearing anything beaded. My mother laughed and commented “anyone else would have just found a plain stone, and you find a pink pearl”. I believe in signs and knew something special was announced for that week.
A few days later, Jessica Bloodstone ambled into the Inukt community with her charming swagger and uproarious laugh
That week I had finally found the time to call her number given to me months earlier by a friend we have in common. We hit it off right away on the phone and decided we had to meet right away. We talked fashion, First Nation inspirations, jewelry, passion and work; we couldn’t wait to meet.


So she came to meet us bringing into our offices her passion and energy. Passion and love not only of jewelry but also of first nations culture ever since she was a little girl growing up in Montreal. As soon as she discovered our boots and accessories she communicated her enthusiasm, “You can’t know how much  I love all this! I die for the special beauty of all this. Just like I die for my jewelry. I put everything into my jewelry”. Just listen to her say it and you cannot have a doubt. Look at her jewelry and any doubts you may have will disappear. After finding out she was a biker I decided to give her the Inukt bikers top and shorts as a welcome gift. It was 9 pm and she exclaimed ” oh no I can’t believe this, I want to go biking now! “.
Jessica has been putting all this energy into creating and breathing jewelry for 10 years. She very often leaves a trail of beads in her wake and finds stones in her shoes. She told me this the first time I met her and I  was so thrilled at the connection with the little pink pearl incident I just smiled and nodded and kept it for myself till the next meeting to share with her. Our meeting was already intense with her passion and enthusiasm.

Later that week I went to visit her in her beautiful atelier/boutique/apartment.
It suits this rebellious – in –an- interesting way and extremely intense girl that to visit her you can wait up to 10 minutes for the train to pass. Of course such an individual spirit would live on the other side of the tracks, I  thought as I waited.

Her setting  exudes atmosphere. She lives in a red brick building overlooking our beautiful Canal Lachine, a bikers haven. Wide wood floored halls greet you with Jessica running behind the scurrying feet of another love of hers the fox terrier named Lea. Who sleeps in a tepee. I swear.
Her home is composed of dark to gold tones of wood furniture and eclectic objects collected during inspirational voyages in Canada and around the world

A beautiful glass and wood dinning table made by her own hands and a collection of chests with dozens of drawers she brought back from Tibet brimming with beautiful pearls are prized possessions. Jessica is an eclectic collectionner and has to show for it original items from beautiful first nations jackets to her endless rows of shoes and drawers replete with rings and accessories.
Of course the centerpiece in her home is a beautiful desk covered with metals and stones and surrounded with future creations in progress. Glass cabinets on all sides are filled with her latest creations.
Jessica greeted me with her grandmother of 85 years whom she takes to the market every Saturday. She had been cooking all day, yet another passion of this intense to say the least young woman.
Amid dream catchers and feather shaped incense holders she showed me her bold line of jewelry. In her collection exquisite hand made feather sculpted earrings are enhanced by the style of bold bracelets with intriguing charms and abstract engravings. Indeed Jessica puts all her passion and energy into her line constantly collecting ideas and inspiration and creating new molds and investing in stones and tools. She handcrafts high-end custom jewelry by creating original statement pieces which combine silver and other metals with semi-precious stones.

Jessica gets her inspiration from her dreams, her  travels and everything she loves with all her intense energy. She travels also  in her mind picking up treasures that she gathers and adorns her collection with inspiration from First Nations culture, fashion , her collections and tying all this together with a boho rock  chic pirate edge. This mix of fancy, romance and sexy rock chic makes her collections so desirable Jessica evokes bohemian with a luxurious twist. Simply the best mix around.


photo 1Discover us in one of Toronto’s most charming neighborhoods: Distillery District

Inukt is very proud to announce that the brand can now be found in the beautiful Biltmore store of the 2

Biltmore is located in Toronto’s upscale and sophisticated distillery district. The Distill’s mandate is to expose canadian made furniture .

The Distillery district is an asset to Toronto. It is home to many of Toronto’s hottest designer boutiques, unique cafes, artisan shops, performance venues and award-winning restaurants. The Distillery District offers an enlightened and sophisticated atmosphere unlike any other in Toronto. With vibrant patios and the charm of being a pedestrian-only village, the Distillery offers an enriching cultural experience in the restored red brick, Victorian-era buildings of the renowned Gooderham & Worts whiskey distillery.

One of Canada’s hottest tourist attractions, centrally-located and just a short walk from downtown Toronto there is a very special atmosphere in this beautiful area.


Aboriginal couture: Inukt melds First Nations culture into its fashion

Over the years, Canadian artists and designers have been inspired by the rich imagery and symbolism of First Nations culture. But walking down the streets of downtown Montreal, which offers a good representation of the Canadian fashion scene, the style seems to be a mishmash of American and European styles manufactured in the Far East. Bucking this trend, a new brand has emerged that is offering Canadians a part of their cultural history while making them look good.

Inspired by First Nations culture and with over 20 years of experience working in the Paris fashion scene, Nathalie Benarroch founded Inukt in September 2012, in order to promote First Nations and Canadian artisans around the world.

After working as the creative director at Femme Magazine and at BCBG in France for 23 years, Benarroch returned to Canada. “Being back in Canada after two decades my perspective changed. I realized how vast and beautiful this country is. In the past I had taken things about Canada for granted, but now they inspire and fascinate me,” Benarroch said.

The Inukt brand is a part of the global style-hunting trend that has taken over the fashion world in recent years. Benarroch and her husband were inspired by a simple road trip to Wendake, where they met Ginette Bastien, the third-generation owner of a factory, said Mitchel Garfield, Benarroch’s husband and co-founder of Inukt.

This meeting led to the creation of over 20 styles of First Nations-inspired footwear, which includes the Mauhican red-on-red ankle-length boot and the men’s Macawi moccasin boot crafted from the iconic Woolrich blanket and bull hide. These boots are sure to turn heads from the forests of northern Quebec to the runways of New York.

Inukt has been making its mark with a lineup of moccasins made in Wendake. Their moccasins take the traditional look to a whole new level as a high-end fashion statement.

The brand not only encompasses clothing, but also a selection of furniture, such as chairs and tables designed by Canadian artists. “All designers today don’t like to be limited by one source of expression. Our whole aesthetic can be applied to furniture and jewelry among other things,” Benarroch said. “That’s how we achieved our total-look brand image.”

With the entire current lineup of high-end bags, shirts, shoes, accessories and furniture being manufactured in Quebec, Benarroch is working on turning Inukt into a community of Canadian artists, designers and producers who can have their work shown around the world.

All of Inukt’s products and featured artists can be found on their website as well as in Montreal boutiques and, in the near future, Beijing. For now, there is still much work to be done in order to make the brand take off. However, with increasing globalization, Canada’s Aboriginal culture is sure to be embraced as it is introduced to the far reaches of the fashion world.


Olam has asserted itself as “the” Montreal concept store thanks to an eclectic and edgy mix. Locals, tourists and the global glitterati that loves to discover charmimg nearby Crescent street flock to Olam to browse trends in men and women’s fashion, design and books. Whether you’re indulging in “lèche-vitrines” (window shopping in French, or literally “window-licking”) or actually buying, a trip to this temple of cool in Montreal is highly recommended if you’re interested in fashion. Inukt is proud to be here!