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Our History

  • A LUMINOUS PRESENCE
    2016
    Ottawa
    Cultivating Creativity

    [August] With its ideal location in the very heart of Ottawa, our second Ontario store marks a meeting between modernity and retail’s rich history in Canada. Completely made of glass, the store’s top floor looks like a crystal box set atop the existing heritage building, which has been magnificently restored to preserve its architectural value. Inside, fashion fuses with art: Torrential Red, a marvellous sculpture by Canadian artist Shayne Dark, hangs in the store’s centre. In addition, our partnership with the Ottawa Art Gallery allows us to display the work of regional artists, highlighting our commitment to supporting local creativity.  

    2016
    Mississauga
    TYING TOGETHER TRADITION AND THE FUTURE

    [MARCH] WHITE CONCRETE, 3D TRIANGLES, AND GREEN ACCENT NOTES EVOKING LEAVES BLOWING IN THE WIND CHARACTERIZE THE FIRST SIMONS STORE TO OPEN IN ONTARIO. ITS SIGNATURE ART AND ARCHITECTURE—INCLUDING RAINCITY ROBOT, A SCULPTURE BY ARTIST BRENDANT TANG—AND ITS STAIRWAYS THAT SEEMINGLY FLOAT IN SPACE, ARE A REFLECTION OF THE COMPANY’S CORE MISSION OF TYING TOGETHER TRADITION AND THE FUTURE! 

    2015
    PARK ROYAL SOUTH
    CROSS-CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS

    THE LEITMOTIV OF LA MAISON SIMONS IS TO OFFER A UNIQUE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE IN AN ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT THAT COMBINES FASHION AND ART WHILE EVOKING THE CULTURE OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES. FOR OUR WEST COAST DEBUT, WHAT COULD BE MORE NATURAL THAN TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR FOUNDING PEOPLES! ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS AT OUR PARK ROYAL SOUTH STORE INCORPORATE THEMES CHERISHED BY THE SQUAMISH NATION. AN EAGLE CARVED ON GRANITE BY JODY BROOMFIELD AT THE STORE ENTRANCE ELICITS THE LINK BETWEEN THE REAL WORLD AND THE SPIRITUAL WORLD, WHILE A TRADITIONAL WEAVING PATTERN RECALLS THE ARROWHEAD BLANKETS TYPICAL OF THE COAST SALISH PEOPLES. A SCULPTURE BY BOBBIE BURGER REPRESENTS FEMININE REBELLION, AND A COLOURFUL AND FANCIFULLY INGENIOUS WORK BY DOUGLAS COUPLAND FLOATS HIGH ABOVE THE ATRIUM, CONTRIBUTING TO THE SENSE THAT THIS SIMONS STORE IS A UNIQUE INTERNATIONAL STAGING GROUND FOR ART.

    2015
    Promenades Gatineau
    REVISITING OUR ORIGINS

    THE PROMENADES GATINEAU STORE DRAWS ITS ARCHITECTURAL INSPIRATION FROM THE SCOTTISH HERITAGE OF THE SIMONS FAMILY. THE ICONIC PRINCE OF WALES FABRIC ON THE OUTSIDE, THE FASHION ART ATMOSPHERES CREATED BY THE INTERLACED PATTERNS AND TEXTURES ON THE INSIDE, AND THE FIRST-EVER CAFÉ ÈVE TO GRACE A SIMONS STORE MAKE THIS LOCATION A FASHION CIRCUIT MUST, ESPECIALLY WITH ITS GOURMET MENU THAT PAYS TRIBUTE TO GRANDMA SIMONS.

    2013
    GALERIES D'ANJOU
    MODERN ELEGANCE

    THE ARCHITECTURE OF OUR GALERIES D’ANJOU STORE EVOKES THE SPARE ELEGANCE OF PATTERNS ON FINE FABRICS OR LEATHER. THE SIMPLE OUTSIDE CONTOURS OF THE BUILDING GLOW IN A CONSTELLATION OF LIGHTS AT DUSK. SHOPPERS CAN ALSO STOP FOR A BITE AT SOUPESOUP, A WELCOMING FOOD BAR WITH A COMFORT FOOD MENU CREATED BY ITS WELL-KNOWN CELEBRITY CHEF FOUNDER, CAROLINE DUMAS.

    2012
    WEST EDMONTON MALL
    A WESTERN FASHION FORAY

    THE FIRST SIMONS STORE EVER OUTSIDE QUEBEC OPENED IN OCTOBER 2012 AT THE BIGGEST SHOPPING MALL IN NORTH AMERICA. THE WORK AURORA BY INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PHILIP BEESLEY IS AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION THAT REVEALS THE EXCITING NEW POTENTIAL OF ARCHITECTURE THAT INTERACTS WITH HUMANS BY OSCILLATING IN RESPONSE TO THE MOVEMENT OF SHOPPERS.

  • TYING TOGETHER TRADITION AND THE FUTURE
    2010
    ENTER THE DIGITAL AGE

    SIMONS IS BRANCHING OUT AND OFFERING OUR UNIQUE SELECTION OF FASHION ITEMS TO CUSTOMERS ALL OVER CANADA VIA THE WEB TO SPUR NEW GROWTH. IN STORE OR ONLINE, THE SAME PASSION TRANSMITTED FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION DRIVES THE ENTIRE SIMONS TEAM: OFFER CANADIANS TRENDSETTING FASHIONS, A TOTALLY INSPIRING ENVIRONMENT, AND EXTRAORDINARY CUSTOMER SERVICE.

    2008
    QUEBEC CITY'S 400TH ANNIVERSARY
    A HISTORIC GIFT

    TO COMMEMORATE THE FOUNDING OF QUEBEC CITY, THE SIMONS FAMILY WANTED TO GIVE THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS A GIFT THAT WOULD SHOW THEIR LOVE FOR THE CITY THAT WELCOMED THEIR ANCESTORS: THE FONTAINE DE TOURNY. FIRST CHANCED UPON IN A PARIS ANTIQUE STORE, IT NOW STANDS IN FRONT OF QUEBEC'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, AN EXQUISITE FOCAL POINT FOR THE PARLIAMENTARY GROUNDS. THIS TREASURED URBAN ANTIQUE, WHICH WON GOLD AT THE PARIS UNIVERSAL EXPOSITION OF 1855, WAS CAST TO CELEBRATE BORDEAUX'S NEW WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM. AFTER A COMPLETE RESTORATION, IT WAS INAUGURATED IN JULY 2007 TO KICK OFF QUEBEC'S 400TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS.

  • EXPANDING OUT
    2002
    Carrefour Laval
    COVERING ALL THE ANGLES

    THE CARREFOUR LAVAL SIMONS STORE IS AN EXAMPLE OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE THAT DRAWS ON SIMPLE FORMS LIKE SQUARES AND RECTANGLES TO FORM A VISUALLY COMPLEX WHOLE. THE INTERIOR LIGHTING EMPHASIZES THE SIMPLICITY OF THE SHAPES, WHILE THE ANGLES AND CUBIC OUTCROPPINGS SUGGEST STRUCTURED SPATIAL DESIGN. THE DELICATE BALANCE BETWEEN THE GEOMETRY OF THE ARCHITECTURE AND THE BUSTLE OF THE SHOPPING FLOOR CREATES A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL AMBIANCE.

    2001
    PROMENADES SAINT-BRUNO
    A SYMBIOSIS OF DESIGN

    WHAT A GORGEOUS SIGHT IT IS WHEN THE MORNING SUN REFLECTS OFF THE FAÇADE OF OUR PROMENADES SAINT-BRUNO STORE! AS THEY CAPTURE THE FIRST GLINTS OF LIGHT, THE METALLIC WALLS TURN FROM SLATE GREY TO A BRIGHT COPPERY ORANGE HUE. THIS MORNING SPECTACLE IS A TESTAMENT TO THE WAY NATURE INTERACTS WITH THE MATERIALS WE USED TO CREATE THIS STORE. THE IMPOSING INDUSTRIAL FAÇADE CONTRASTS MARKEDLY WITH THE NATURAL, FLUID CURVES OF THE COLUMNS SCULPTED IN THE SHAPE OF CALLAS AND THE OTHER ROUNDED DECORATIVE TOUCHES FOUND INSIDE. THE OVERALL IMPRESSION IS ONE OF DAZZLING DISTINCTION.

    1999
    CARREFOUR DE L'ESTRIE
    THE BEAUTY OF NATURE

    OUR SHERBROOKE STORE CELEBRATES THE BEAUTY OF NATURE AT ITS PUREST. THE COPPER LEAVES THAT ADORN THE FAÇADE IN A FLOURISH OF ORGANIC CURVES OXIDIZE OVER TIME, NATURALLY TAKING ON NEW HUES AS THEY WEATHER. INSIDE, GRACIOUS, ROUNDED FORMS BID A WARM WELCOME TO SHOPPERS AND GUIDE THEM THROUGH THE STORE.

    1999
    MONTREAL DOWNTOWN
    URBAN REFLECTIONS

    MONTREAL IS A CITY FULL OF DRIVE AND ENERGY, AND OUR ST. CATHERINE STreet STORE IS ITS PERFECT REFLECTION, WITH ITS CIRCULAR, MULTILEVEL DESIGN CENTRED AROUND AN IMPOSING MOBILE SCULPTURE BY GUIDO MOLINARI. A PROFUSION OF DETAILS EVOKES MOVEMENT AND FILLS THE SPACE WITH THE URBAN BUSTLE AND EXCITEMENT SO CHARACTERISTIC OF QUEBEC'S LEADING CITY.

  • MODERN TIMES
    1981
    Galeries de la Capitale
    REMEMBRANCE OF TIMES PAST

    DESIGNED TO SERVE A SUBURBAN CLIENTELE OUTSIDE THE TOWN CENTRE, OUR GALERIES DE LA CAPITALE STORE TOOK ITS INSPIRATION FROM ANTIQUITY. THE ROMAN-STYLE PEDIMENT, A FLURRY OF ICONIC COLUMNS, AND LAUREL WREATHS FIT SEAMLESSLY WITH THE LATEST TRENDS. A GIGANTIC WORK OF ART IN THE CUPOLA FURTHER EMBELLISHES THIS EXTRAORDINARY SPACE WHERE HISTORY MEETS MODERNITY.

    1961
    PLACE SAINTE-FOY
    MODERN MAJESTY

    OUR PLACE SAINTE-FOY STORE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FLAGSHIP FOR LA MAISON SIMONS. IT WAS THE FIRST TO OPEN ITS DOORS IN A SHOPPING MALL—A DARING MOVE AT THE TIME—AND IT WAS THE FIRST TO GIVE PROMINENT PLAY TO MEN’S FASHIONS AND TO HOME LINENS.
    IN 2007 THE STORE WAS COMPLETELY REVAMPED, DOUBLING IN SIZE TO OFFER SHOPPERS A TOTALLY NEW AND EXCITING ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT. ITS MINIMALIST FORMS ARE A DAZZLE OF PURE WHITE AND LIGHT, MAKING IT A WONDER OF AVANT-GARDE DESIGN. TODAY THE STORE EMBODIES THE SIMONS IDEAL OF FUNCTIONAL HARMONY AND ORDERED BEAUTY.

    THE SIXTIES
    CREATING EXCLUSIVE BRANDS

    DONALD SIMONS WAS PART OF THAT GENERATION OF YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS WHO POSSESSED REMARKABLE INTUITION AND A TRUE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION. IN THE EFFERVESCENCE OF THE POSTWAR YEARS, HE QUICKLY SAW THE IMPORTANCE OF SERVING THE NEEDS OF AN INCREASINGLY MODERN SOCIETY.

    UNDER HIS INFLUENCE, LA MAISON SIMONS CREATED EXCITING NEW FASHION BRANDS IN QUEBEC. THE SIXTIES SAW THE BIRTH OF TWIK, IN SYNC WITH THE DAY’S NEW YOUNG WOMAN OF 16 TO 25. THIS EXCLUSIVE BRAND BROKE WITH TRADITIONAL CODES AND STOOD OUT WITH DARING PIECES BY YOUNG DESIGNERS DRIVING A REVOLUTION IN FASHION. WOMEN 30 TO 40 WERE ALSO MORE AND MORE ON THE MOVE, AND LA CONTEMPORAINE MOVED RIGHT ALONG WITH THEM, OFFERING FASHION IN TUNE WITH THEIR LIFESTYLES. LE 31 POUR HOMME, AN ORIGINAL FORMULA PLAYING OFF THE FRENCH EXPRESSION FOR THE SARTORIAL MAN, WAS THE NAME OF THE NEW SHOPPING DESTINATION FOR MEN OF ALL AGES. LA LINGÈRE ALSO BECAME AN INNOVATION LEADER WITH ITS ENTICING AND FASHION-FORWARD SELECTION OF HOME DESIGNS.
     

  • OUR ROOTS
    1870
    Old Quebec
    A GOLDEN HISTORY

    IN 1870, JOHN SIMONS MOVED HIS SHOP TO 20 CÔTE DE LA FABRIQUE, WHERE IT REMAINS TO THIS DAY, ALONG WITH THE LA MAISON SIMONS HEAD OFFICE. THE BUILDING’S CHARMING 19TH CENTURY FAÇADE AND INTERIOR ARCHES ARE JUST A FEW OF THE ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS THAT BEAR WITNESS TO THE STORE’S RICH PAST. THE STORE WAS ENLARGED IN 2005 AND RENOVATED IN 2007.

    1840
    THE BIRTH OF A LEGENDARY FAMILY BUSINESS

    OUR STORY BEGAN IN 1812 WHEN PETER SIMONS ARRIVED FROM SCOTLAND AND SETTLED ON A SMALL FARM NEAR QUEBEC CITY TO RAISE HIS FAMILY OF FIVE. IN 1840 HIS SON JOHN MOVED INTO THE CITY TO OPEN A SMALL SHOP, WHERE HE SOLD DRY GOODS AND VARIOUS IMPORTED WARES. TO MAKE SURE HIS BUSINESS RECEIVED THE LATEST IN GOODS FROM EUROPE, HE MADE OVER 70 ATLANTIC CROSSINGS BY SAILING SHIP. ALREADY AT THE TIME, JOHN SIMONS EMPHASIZED QUALITY MERCHANDISE AND ATTENTIVE SERVICE, SETTING THE STAGE FOR THE FUTURE SUCCESS OF LA MAISON SIMONS.

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