Meet the Designer
An Exceptional Path
A leading pioneer in the Canadian fashion industry, Marie Saint Pierre is an established fashion designer recognized for her contributions to the luxury fashion, accessories, fragrance and home markets. Since launching Marie Saint Pierre Design Inc. in 1987, Saint Pierre’s veritable expertise has widened to the global stage, receiving accolades and acclaim for her work in major markets worldwide.
Throughout her career, Marie Saint Pierre has received numerous prizes and awards for her creations, her entrepreneurial spirit, and her engagement in the community. In 2007, Marie Saint Pierre received the Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec title, in 2012, she received the Order of Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and and more recently in 2015 she was honored with the Outstanding achievement award at the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards.
With her recognizable style that embraces graphic and linear effects, Marie Saint Pierre’s collections use luxurious fabrics and state of the art workmanship. Each piece is a true reflection on the fabric and a vision of the future where evolution and tradition meet. She invents new silhouettes that suit a modern lifestyle. Recently, she added to her list of creations meticulously crafted leather goods, as well as fragrances and candles. Marie Saint Pierre also creates accessories and home furniture, which integrate perfectly to her collections because of her attention to details and her endless quest for excellence.
Her successful partnership with the Canadian retailer Reitmans brought two capsule-collections of dresses to a broader range of customers. The collections, distributed across Canada, were sold-out in a few hours after their launch. Recently, she created an exclusive collection of home furniture with Re-No that offers around twenty innovative pieces that are perfectly graphic and sculpted for interior design lovers.
An Engaged Woman
Marie Saint Pierre seldom misses an opportunity to represent her city, and Montreal’s talent. She is President of the Quebec Designer’s Association (CCMQ) and is also the instigator of the CABINET ÉPHÉMÈRE which aims to let creators showcase their collections within a nomad boutique.
Marie Saint Pierre involves herself in social issues, with women and children causes being particularly of importance to her. In 2004, the fund Sous Zero was set up. Not only did it provide new and warm clothing for more than 5000 children, but it also improved and supported their self-esteem. Additionally, she is on the board of directors for the MU society, which, by creating murals that are anchored in local communities, aim to trigger a social transformation to turn Montreal into an open-air art gallery.
“I was born in a family of art collectors and I grew up surrounded by art and beauty.” – Outlet Magazine
“I’m a born anti-conformist. To me it’s not about being “the first” for the sake of it; it’s more about trying things nobody has tried before. I don’t like to follow the usual path.” – Women Of Influence
“Since the individual is at the centre of what I do, it’s a very personal approach to clothing.” – CBC Radio
February 9, 2016