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A realistic sort of luxury
As far as he remembers, Robert Beaupré’s greatest pleasure is the study of art, drawing and painting. His taste for architecture and decoration, revealed at a young age, was often expressed decorating and redecorating the family home.
But it is as head of a fashion workshop that he showed his true artistic talent and the extent of his creativity. Between 1987 and 1998 he held this position at Grosvenor Furs, a leading fur manufacturing company in Montreal, where he also was responsible for the company’s New York workshop and in charge of technical research and production of the fur collections of some of the greatest names in international fashion, such as Dior and Saint-Laurent.
Since 1998 he is Workshop Director for Natural Furs International, a leader of the North American fur industry, located in Montreal. In this position, he ensures the design of in-house labels Natural Furs, Global Furs and Krio and over the years has been in charge of project development of the fur collection for brands such as Louis Féraud, Bill Blass, Prabal Gurung, Douglass Hannant, Harricana and Philippe Dubuc, among others.
In 2002, sponsored by the Fur Council of Canada, he completed an internship at Saga Furs in Denmark where he had the opportunity to share his professional expertise and love of the trade with young designers from around the world. His work for international clients and brands has allowed him to develop a keen knowledge of the characteristics and needs of local and international fur markets.
Working behind the scenes is often the lot of the workshop director and designer. But for Robert Beaupré the pleasure of working with buyers as well as local and international private clients, and the cordial relations he shares with them, is his true source of inspiration.