La Main Bagel Co. by Ugo Varin
Opinion by Richard Baird Posted 6 June 2012
La Main Bagel Co. is a store, located in Montreal’s St-Laurent district, that specialises in the hand-made and wood-fired Montreal-bagel. Independent graphic designer Ugo Varin was commissioned to develop the brand’s packaging, cleverly contrasting the fine detail of a vintage map and the bold, solid fill and craft aesthetic of a sticker to resolve the handmade nature of the bagels and the stores historic location, traditions and convergence of cultures.
“If you know Montreal, you know this legendary St-Laurent street called “La Main”, which historically divided the French and English communities. At the heart of this meeting is a Jewish community that has contributed significantly to the food particularities of Montreal. Besides the famous smoked meat, bagels are unquestionably an invention that exceeds Montreal borders. It consists of a revisited brand of this almost legendary institution.” – Ugo Varin