Matt & Nat to Open 1st Freestanding Store

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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. 

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. 

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Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider and President/CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton, and consultant to the Retail Council of Canada. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for over 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.

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