Simons: Fashion Destination For Women, Men & Home Decor

A Family Affair Since 1840

“Fashion has been Simons passion since 1840! A uniquely different and inspiring fashion retailer, they are known for offering the most sought-after styles and looks from the world’s design capitals and providing a level of service available nowhere else. For five generations, they have been renowned for Simonsdevotion to customer care. Today, Simonsmore than dozen stores are a dazzling tribute to architecture, art, attentive service, and to a shopping experience second to none.”


The birth of a legendary family business

Simons 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. In those early days, John Simons was already putting an emphasis on quality merchandise and attentive service, setting the stage for the future success of La Maison Simons.


1870 | 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 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.


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 booming 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.


1961 | Modern majesty

Simons Place Ste-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.

The store was completely revamped in 2007, 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.


1981 | Remembering times past

Designed to serve a suburban clientele outside the centre of Quebec City, Simons original Galeries de la Capitale store took its inspiration from antiquity. Its roman-style pediment, ionic columns, and laurel wreaths fit in seamlessly with the latest trends.

The extraordinary work of art found in the cupola further embellished this exceptional space where history and modernity met.


2001 | A symbiosis of design

What a gorgeous sight it is when the morning sun reflects off the façade of Simons Promenades St-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 they 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.


2002 | Covering all the angles

The 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.


2008 | 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 world’s fair 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.


2010 | Entering the digital age

Simons is branching out and offering Simons 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 to offer Canadians trendsetting fashions, a totally inspiring environment, and extraordinary customer service.


2012 | 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.


2013 | Modern elegance

The architecture of Simons 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.


2018 | Technology at the service of style

Moving in 2018, this store entered the history books as the first net zero store in Canada. With geothermal wells and solar panels managing its air conditioning, heating, and power supply, the new store location is an unprecedented example of modernity and a great source of pride for Simons. Once again prominently featuring the work of local artists, the central piece is by Giorgia Volpe and there is a series of original works by Tania Girard Savoie and Elysanne Tremblay.


2022 |  Modern heritage

Simons first store in Montreal’s West Island elegantly fuses noble materials like stone and wood with subtle natural hues. The rich and distinct atmospheres of Simons unique zones are enhanced by beautiful works of art that add a playful touch and serve as a sophisticated backdrop to Simons assortment.

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