Journal

GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW QUARTZ CO. FLAGSHIP STORE IN MONTREAL

Quartz Co. announces the opening of its first concept-store in the heart of the Mile End, next to its headquarters and design studio. As of September 22, 2020, it’s in a unique, minimalist and innovative atmosphere that Quartz Co. is welcoming you for an exceptional shopping experience at 5445 De Gaspé in Montreal.

INTRODUCING THE FORWARD COLLECTION

A new line of performance outerwear designed with the planet in mind. 

QUARTZ CO. FIGHTS AGAINST COVID-19

The company opens its factories to produce masks and medical gowns and hoods as part of the effort to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR DOWN WINTER JACKET

Cold, rain, snow, ice... This winter, our coats accompanied us in our everyday city commutes and seasonal outdoor adventures alike. Now it's time to clean them so they're ready to face what's left of the cold season, in style.

THE BEST CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING DESTINATIONS IN ONTARIO

With the snow that’s been falling across the province over the last few weeks, there’s never been a better time to put on a pair of cross-country skis and head out on some of Ontario’s best trails. We have compiled a list of our four favorite destinations. 

THE BEST GOURMET SUGAR SHACKS IN QUEBEC

The sugar shack is a true Quebec tradition. Over time, it has also become an opportunity for the province's best chefs to indulge themselves by developing menus reinventing traditional dishes and exploring the possibilities of maple products in new and inventive ways, to the delight of foodies everywhere. As spring inches closer, here are our top gourmet sugar shack locations for an unforgettable and unmistakably Quebecois culinary experience.

FIVE UNUSUAL WINTER TRIPS

The winter season is the perfect time to escape to sunnier destinations and more clement temperatures. For others, traveling abroad this cold season is just another opportunity to embrace winter sports and mountain explorations. For these adventurer types, snow enthusiasts and Northern lights lovers, here are our recommendations for five unusual winter holiday trips.

THE FIVE BEST LUXURY HOTELS IN SWITZERLAND

Switzerland, with its many glistening lakes and snowy Alpine peaks, is a paradise for outdoor lovers, as well as those looking to live an unforgettable experience of luxury and refinement. Indeed, many Swiss hotels have won numerous awards and distinctions, making them the perfect place to spend a few indulgent days away from daily life. Here is our selection of the best luxury hotels in Switzerland you can book for a unique and refined stay.

FIVE GREAT ICE FISHING SPOTS IN ONTARIO

Ice fishing is a fun and rewarding winter activity that can be enjoyed alone or with friends and family. Under the icy surface of Ontario lakes, fish continue to move around as usual in the winter months, and they are just as hungry for bait as in the summer. So if you’re a fishing enthusiast, don’t discard one of your favorite pastimes on account of the subzero temperatures, and consider these five locations that are among the best places to ice fish in Ontario.

FIVE NETFLIX DOCUMENTARIES FOR WINTER EVENINGS

Over the past few weeks, winter has managed to surprise Quebecers, with freezing cold temperatures giving way to mild, Spring-like days. This unexpected nice weather is making us consider spending time outdoors to enjoy winter activities. Of course, long hours spent outdoors are even more enjoyable when you know that a well-deserved cozy break awaits you once you’re back at home. A roaring fire, a warm wooly blanket and a cup of hot chocolate are all you need in order to unwind with a great Netflix find, whether you’re on your own or with a loved one. Here are five documentaries that are best enjoyed on a cold winter evening.

SIX UNIQUE WINTER EXPERIENCES

Is it the shorter days, the bracing cold or the never-ending winters that have prompted the people of Quebec to cultivate so many original winter activities? Beyond skiing and ice skating, there are a plethora of other choices that are available to those who love to stay active while in the throes of winter, while also getting off the beaten path. Here are six unique experiences that will both charm and surprise you!

SEVEN UNUSUAL SKI DESTINATIONS ACROSS THE WORLD

When you think of places such as Greece, Morocco and South Africa you wouldn’t think twice about being able to ski in each of these countries. Should you travel to either of these countries at the right time of the year, ski lovers and travel aficionados will no longer have to make a heartbreaking choice between choosing a cultural or sporting destination. Curious about these unusual ski destinations in comparison to your traditional ski resorts? We encourage you to keep reading.

THE BEST NORDIC RESTAURANTS ACROSS QUEBEC

Long neglected or ignored, Canadian cuisine has, of late, earned back the place and attention it deserves. In the wake of the international Nordic cuisine renaissance led by the creativity of Danish Chef René Redzepi of Noma fame, inventive chefs are helping foodies rediscover the best that our Canadian regions and their products have to offer. Discover Quebec restaurants that are offering a new, reinvented take on Canadian and Nordic cuisine, with a focus on fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. Which one will you discover next?

FIVE LUXURY AIRBNB CABINS FOR DESIGN-LOVERS YOU CAN RENT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

If you aren’t flying to a swanky resort in Mexico or Jamaica to enjoy a much-deserved relaxing luxury break this winter, don't despair: you can unwind at one of these top Airbnb cabins for a getaway in British Columbia. They are perfect for unwinding and will get the nod of approval from even the most discerning design lovers.

THE BEST PARKS AND TRAILS FOR SNOWSHOEING IN ONTARIO

Snowshoeing is one of the most accessible winter sports out there. The only prerequisite is being able to walk for a sustained period of time, and the equipment needed is minimal. You need only a pair of snowshoes to start exploring Ontario’s forests and backcountry and discover breathtaking Canadian landscapes off the beaten track. Ready to get out and enjoy the snowy trails this winter season? Read on for some of our favorite snowshoeing destinations across Ontario.

EIGHT GREAT OUTDOOR SKATING TRAILS IN ONTARIO

Ice skating is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable winter activities there is, no matter your age, everyone can enjoy gliding, twirling and, while doing so, making the most of the winter season. Ontario is full of charming skating trails. Here we're sharing some of our favorite picks to have an original and unforgettable skating experience.

BRAVE THE COLD WITH A LONG WINTER JACKET

Stay snug and stylish with a long winter jacket this winter season. A long winter jacket is the best friend of those who needs a little help getting out of bed on chilly winter mornings. As comfortable as a duvet that can be worn outside, a long winter jacket wraps your body from head to toe without hindering your style. 

WHERE TO EXPERIENCE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN CANADA

Are you among those who are captivated by the mysterious green-hued lights that shoot across the Polar night sky and show up in our social media feeds every winter? For most of us, seeing the northern lights in person isn’t an easy feat. Did you know that the best places to see the northern lights, or as they are also called, auroras, tend to be scarcely populated and visited? The reason for this lies in the very nature of the northern lights and the specific conditions necessary for them to appear.

WHERE TO BUY A QUARTZ CO. WINTER JACKET IN AND AROUND TORONTO

Many stores in Toronto offer curated collections of quality clothes and outerwear, including Quartz Co. winter jackets, which are entirely made in Canada.

INTRODUCING THE QUARTZ CO. X ALTITUDE SPORTS ELSA WOMEN’S JACKET

Introducing the Elsa Parka, a made-in-Canada collaboration by Quartz Co. & Altitude Sports, two Montreal-based brands with significant winter outerwear expertise. This women’s parka is our fifth collaboration with Altitude Sports—but this edition is a true co-design that began with a blank slate. After months of back-and-forth, an all-new exclusive design was created—fusing technical outdoor details to a progressive urban silhouette with inspiration drawn from Japan. 

WHERE TO GO DOG SLEDDING IN ONTARIO

Dog sledding is one of those quintessentially Canadian activities. Who hasn’t imagined themselves whizzing through the boreal forest at full speed, as the sleigh’s skates glide over the freshly fallen snow, pulled by a pack of Huskies? For lovers of the outdoors, this is a must-do winter activity.

HOW TO CHOOSE A WINTER JACKET

With so many winter jackets options out there, how do you pick the one that will keep you warm this winter?

THE NEW QUARTZ CO. WINTER 2019-20 JACKET COLLECTION

Quartz Co. launches its Winter 2019-20 Jacket Collection – a line that prioritizes the urban-living consumer who is always on the go and seeks aesthetic, functional and minimalist designs.

Winter Diaries | Olivia Leblanc

When Olivia Leblanc quit her job as a buyer to become an assistant stylist at ELLE, she never looked back. Today, you can spot her styling everywhere from magazine fashion shoots to TV shows.

Winter Diaries | Tamy Emma Pepin

Founder of the studio Un Peu Plus Loin, Tamy Emma Pepin partnered with Quartz Co. to develop its Winter Diaries series. After two seasons of the series, it’s time to put Tamy in the hot seat.

Winter Diaries | Shayd Johnson

As a photographer and an environmentalist, Shayd Johnson has accumulated an impressive bank of images—and several thousand followers on Instagram.

Winter Diaries | Max Mackee

DJ, lawyer, entrepreneur…what hasn’t Max Mackee done? Now, as a founding member of Origami and its Director of International, he aims to change Japan’s cash culture and innovate its work environment.

Winter Diaries | High Klassified

This 25-year-old Quebec-based producer has worked with such artists as Future and The Weeknd. Here, Kevin also known as High Klassified, gives us some insight into his creative process.

Winter Diaries | Ace Tee

For Tarin Wilda, Ace Tee was a side project she developed while working to become a hairstylist. In 2017, she decided to take the leap and start a full-time career as a musician. Her first single accumulated millions of views on YouTube.

Winter Diaries | Loud

Loud knew that to find success as a rapper in Quebec, he’d have to open doors that had never been opened before.

Winter Diaries | Norman

This Toronto photographer has been collecting movies since he was a child; for him, he says, it’s a way to study people and their expressions and then apply it to his work.

Inspired by Japan, Influenced by Canadian Winter

Jean-Philippe Robert, CEO of Quartz Co., is no stranger to Japan. We followed him around during his last trip to discover his favourite hidden gems in Tokyo.

Winter Diaries | Ludivine

At her family cottage, actress Ludivine Redding shares her favorite winter activities and opens up about the impact she has had on others through her role as Fanny on the hit Quebec TV series Fugueuse.  

Winter Diaries | Magalie

Known for her roles in the movie Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan) and on the hit Quebec TV series 19-2 and District 31, Magalie Lépine-Blondeau talks about her creative process and what winter means to her.  

Winter Diaries | Azamit

Designer and visual storyteller Azamit talks about the importance of buying local and supporting our environment and artists/creators—which is why she  created Souk@SAT.  

Winter Diaries | Shayne Laverdière

Recognized for his elegant yet simple cinematic approach, Shayne has photographed many of today’s leading artists like Michael Fassbender, Adele, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman and Xavier Dolan. We follow him around for the day as he tells us about his love of cars and why he finds the change of seasons so inspiring.

Winter Diaries | KROY

KROY, otherwise known as Camille Poliquin, says she finds it easier to write during the gloomy winter months and that writing about the hardships in life helps her to better understand them.

Winter Diaries | David McMillan

David McMillan, chef and co-owner of Joe Beef, Liverpool House and Vin Papillon, gives us a peek inside his “multi-use” shed—where he likes to cook on a wood stove, paint, read and even entertain.

JS X Quartz Co.

Quartz Co. and Japan’s Journal Standard join creative forces to create a unique version of the classic Champlain jacket for the Japanese market.

Made in Canada

We take you into our factory in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, to introduce you to the craftsmanship behind every Quartz Co. piece.

The Porsche Driving Experience

Sponsored by Quartz Co., the Porsche Driving Experience is an exhilarating multi-day event where adrenalin and speed meet icy roads.

Port Franc | Crossing towards La Rochelle

A 30-day journey across the Atlantic. From the Quartz Co. warehouse in Montreal, Quebec, to La Rochelle, France, our jackets embark on the first transatlantic route powered only by wind in the 21st century between Canada and France.

Quartz Co. X Altitude Sports

Last year, Quartz Co. and Altitude Sports collaborated to create the world’s first winter jacket insulated using milkweed. Back by popular demand, this collaboration has returned for another year.