Kollontaï is the fashion label of Gabrielle Tousignant and a workshop employing over twenty people who share a passion for made-in-Canada fashion apparel! From the first creative impulse to the final stitch, all stages of the design and manufacturing process take place in our Montréal-based workshop.
Each one of our garments combines uniqueness, aesthetic appeal, comfort, and quality. The rich interplay of colors, textures, transparencies and lace create a distinctive style inspired by lingerie. Our intricately made creations are designed to fit feminine forms.
Alexandra Kollontaï is a Russian political figure and feminist who contributed to the creation of International Women’s Day on March 8th, representing the female textile workers in Saint Petersburg. The first woman in history to be both a member of the government and an ambassadress in a foreign country, she fought for the advancement of women’s social rights.
Gabrielle’s story all started with her grandmother Simone’s old sewing machine — yes, passion runs deep in the family. Endowed with a strong artistic sense, Gabrielle completed fashion design studies in 1995, and then travelled to Europe and Morocco where she visited museums, fashion schools and workshops.
When she returned to Montreal, she began working on her own collections. By 1998, three independent stores in Quebec were distributing her creations. Today, they are available almost everywhere in Canada.