In 1930, Laura Wolstein opened a modest ladieswear boutique on St. Hubert Ave in Montreal. Customers loved the friendly and familiar service, which continues to drive the company to this day. In 1932, following a robbery, the store moved to Verdun Avenue. Kalman Fisher, Laura’s grandson, was among the family members who worked in the Verdun store.
In 1973, at a time when women continued to rapidly join the workforce, Kalman took control of the business, opening the second store in the Montreal suburb of St. Laurent and beginning an expansion that would eventually introduce the brand to women right across Canada.
In 1984, the Melanie Lyne brand was launched, named after Kalman’s wife. The couple met when Melanie, whose mother was a customer, applied for a job at the St. Laurent store..
who are we?
Laura is a Québec-based, privately owned fashion retailer with a rich history, exceptional culture, talented and dedicated team with the very best, most loyal customers. Our mission is to deliver memorable shopping experiences to each customer by adapting our well-curated seasonal collections, which emphasize comfort and fit, to the unique style of each woman.
happy. passionate. stylish. creative.
positive. collaborative. helpful.
Laura Canada is fuelled by smart, talented and enthusiastic people. Our shared principles and values of integrity, respect, teamwork, high performance and passion are what makes us one of the most respected and recognized women’s retailers in Canada.
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Today, Kalman and his family lead the organization which features the two leading womenswear retail brands in Canada: Laura and Melanie Lyne.
The curated collections are featured in stores throughout nine Canadian provinces, from Victoria, British Columbia, to St. John’s, Newfoundland, and the flagship eCommerce websites laura.ca and melanielyne.com.
Curated collections with unique pieces, and upscale styles.
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We’ve curated the experience to you! Our teams of knowledgeable and friendly style advisers are here to help you look your best. Reflecting our collections, our stores will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. Plus, enjoy catchy music, soothing lighting, exquisite flooring and even cutting edge artwork in our newer concept stores, which also feature luxurious and spacious fitting room areas.