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Exploring Enterprise is a series featuring new local businesses in the Southwest. Here we interview Mathieu Forte, founder of Chez-Vous Fashion Exchange.

1. What is Chez-Vous?

Chez-Vous is gently used second hand clothing store. It’s for men and women, but the women’s section is a bit bigger, as they tend to be. It’s located at 515 Atwater, on the corner of Notre-Dame, one block away from Lionel Groulx metro and the Atwater Market.

The concept is to reuse and recycle clothing. It’s buy/trade/sell. So there’s an incentive to bring your clothes here. You’re not just ‘getting rid’ of stuff or donating it to a place that knows nothing about clothing or fashion. You’ll know that your clothes will have a second home here. That also makes us pretty picky about the pieces we take. Everything is high quality. It’s rare that you’ll find something from H&M, although sometimes they make quality pieces.

2. Why did you start Chez-Vous?

I started Chez-Vous for many reasons. I knew I was the entrepreneur type and I had been looking for an idea that serves a need, contributes to the community and reduces waste. I found what I was looking for in New York last year, which is the buy/trade/sell concept for clothing. It was exactly what I was looking for. Not for business initially, but for myself. I used to skateboard – a lot – and had a couple of sponsors, so I had a tun of great clothes I didn’t wear. In fact most of the men’s section initially was from my wardrobe, and it’s almost all gone now.

Everything about this business made sense to me. So I did my research, met with a coach and things lined up seamlessly, so I said “screw it – let’s do it”. I never thought I’d open a clothing store, but thing’s just worked out that way. If I didn’t start this business I’d be working for someone else, earning a lot more for a cause I probably didn’t care for. I think for more than anything I started this for the experience. 2 months in and what I’ve learned so far has been priceless. I knew that coming in.

3. How is Chez-Vous of value to the people of the southwest?

The south west is a diverse area. There’s still a ‘poorer’ population, but there are also wealthier districts – and everything in between. McGill has an entire residency a few blocks away and St-Henri is filled with students.

That being said Chez-Vous’ priority is to reuse and recycle clothing. The business’s bloodstream is providing affordable and high quality clothing. It’s a fashion exchange. We get clothes from all types of people and people get to make a couple of bucks from their clothes, rather than donating them. So everybody wins.

Details

Address: 515 Atwater, on the corner of Notre-Dame

Tuesday-Friday: 11-6; Saturday: 11-5; Sunday+Monday: Closed

Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date on new merch, sales and upcoming events.

Exploring Enterprise is a series featuring new local businesses in the Southwest. If you’ve recently opened a business in the Southwest or know someone who has, email us at lesudouestmtl@gmail.com for a feature.

 

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Residents of the Sud-Ouest arrondissment are encouraged to attend an information meeting about the City of Montreal’s Turcot interchange proposal that was submitted to the MTQ last week.  This is an opportunity to learn more information about the proposal, and to ask officials questions about the proposal.

Date: Thursday Apri 29, 2010. 9:30 PM.
Location: Centre récréatif, culturel et sportif Saint-Zotique (CRCS).  75, square Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.

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The Parisian Laundry, a contemporary art gallery in St-Henri currently has two exhibits: David Armstrong Six’s “Dry Salvages”, and Rick Leong’s “I Am Nature”.

Dates: January 14, 2010 to February 20, 2010. Tuesday to Saturday, 12 PM to 5 PM.

Location: PARISIAN LAUNDRY, 3550 St-Antoine West, Montréal, QC. Tel: (514) 989-1056. Email: info@parisianlaundry.com. Near Lionel-Groulx Metro.

Website: http://www.parisianlaundry.com/current/david-armstrong-six-rick-leong.

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The Sud-Ouest Express newsletter for December 2009 is available online.  This newsletter, in French, provides a lot of information for residents in the Sud-Ouest arrondissement/borough including:

  • Swimming Pool Hours
  • Arena Schedule
  • Fitness Courses
  • Centre Gadbois Information
  • Leisure courses for children, adults, and seniors.  Including Hip Hop dancing!
  • Library hours and activities
  • Christmas Events
  • Cultural Events at Maison de la Culture Marie-Guay, and Georges-Vanier
  • Borough News and Snow clearing information

The Sud-Ouest express is available online, at your local library, borough offices, and in today’s publi-sac.

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In the recent borough council meeting, it was announced that the St-Henri swimming pool won’t open for another 3 months.  Further repairs to the pool is required. To read more about the pool repairs see the Voix Pop article.

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Do you need to get some home made sweets, crafts, jewelry, and seasonal stuff ? The Sud-Ouest Borough and nearby neighbourhoods have several Christmas Bazaars, Craft Sales and Flea Markets to choose from. Here are a few you can check out:

  • Christmas Bazaar. Holy Cross Church. 1960 Jolicoeur. Ville-Émard. December 5, 2009.  10:00 to 14:00
  • ACHIM Christmas Art Fair. Quilt as a door prize. 5940 boulevard Monk. 5 & 6 December. 10:00 to 16:30.
  • Flea Market/Marché aux puces. L’église Saint-Charles, 2115 rue Centre. Point-St-Charles. December 4. 10:00 to 21:00. December 5, 9:00 to 16:00.
  • Flea Market. St.Zotique Church. 4561 Notre Dame Ouest.  December 5 9:00 to 17:00. December 6, 0:00 to 16:00.
  • Besuto Craft Show. Trinity Memorial Church Hall, 5220 Sherbrooke St. W (NDG-Westmount). Friday, Dec. 4  12:00 to 20:00, Saturday, Dec. 5 10:00 to 19:00 & Sunday, Dec. 6 12:30 to 18:00.
  • Christmas Sale. Centre de recherche de design et impression textile de Montréal. Complexe du Canal Lachine, Galerie T, 4710, rue Saint-Ambroise. Dec 3 & 4 12:00 to 17:00. Dec 5 & 6 13:00 to 17:00.
  • Flea Market. St-Willibrord Church. 325 rue Willibrord. Dec 5. 9:00 to 15:00.
  • Flea Market.  630, 4th Avenue Avenue corner Verdun. Dec 5. 9:00 to 15:00. .

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