Creating the MAGIC through the relentless pursuit of IMAGINATIVE IDEAS
Creating the MAGIC through the relentless pursuit of IMAGINATIVE IDEAS
We add value through the power of imagination by providing creative services to the fashion, entertainment & hospitality worlds
We create innovative lifestyle-infused concepts & designs for the urban sophisticate with a worldly sensibility
We craft image and style inspired by the glamorous & carefree spirit of a euro retro-chic era
We are defined by our relentless passion with a unique and visionary approach to creating new opportunities
Founder & CEO Stephan Fortier is a highly driven and passionate renaissance man who combines his love for film, fashion, design and food with savvy business acumen and entrepreneurial edge to continuously bring his visions to life. With 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, he launched 30 start ups including a magazine (Ocean Drive Canada), a fashion line of custom sandals (Tuccia Di Capri), a modeling and talent agency as well as an advertising agency (Talent), and 21 restaurants/clubs from NYC, Miami, LA, Montreal & NE.
As an innovative entrepreneur, designer, restaurateur and filmmaker, Fortier - who attended the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios Hollywood - sees the world through a camera lens with every new project as a cinematic production of wonder. To each venture he brings his well-rounded financial scholastics, boasting a Bachelor’s in Accounting from The University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), and also studied the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Fellowship of the Canadian Security Institute (FCSI) courses. However, some might argue that Fortier was a prodigy in business, because at the young age of 19, while still pursuing his Bachelor’s degree, he opened his first restaurant; Ocean Drive. Fortier’s Ocean Drive restaurant offered a unique and sophisticated supper club experience geared toward the city’s upper class. While fulfilling, Fortier always looked for a challenge. So, it was only fitting that the subsequent opening of Altitude 737 created success through the daring concept of a restaurant with 360-degree views of the city and sat atop the 4 top floors of the tallest building in Montreal. A massive club, lounge with outdoor terraces and restaurant, it attracted more than 3,000 guests daily and became one of Canada’s highest grossing F&B operation.
Also dabbling in the world of beauty and fashion, Fortier founded Talent Corp, an all-in-one entertainment group, that comprised modeling and talent agency needs, advertising and promotions; as well as a fashion and film institute. Almost prescient to his future in the Magic City, Fortier also published and launched the Canadian edition of Miami’s glossy society magazine Ocean Drive. Exercising his inner artist, he thoroughly enjoyed the creative freedom of the publishing world.
The inspiring energy of New York called to Fortier and in the start of the new millennium he opened Pazza Notte, now a Midtown institution. The bustling Italian bistro and lounge was one of the first restaurant concepts to mix entertainment with a dining experience. With success in the big apple he later launched Loft, a Casbah-inspired bi-level restaurant and lounge hotspot, which attracted a celebrity clientele and organized some of the most memorable soirees for A-list celebrities.
Fortier’s charismatic touch continued in the magic city of Miami with the famed Maison D’Azur, a fine dining Mediterranean concept at The Angler’s and then later with a second location at the Astor hotel in Miami Beach, which included Layla, a fashionable Moroccan eatery. His reputation for transforming everyday life into unforgettable experiences took him to the sleepy town of Providence, Rhode Island where he was challenged with the launch of five concepts in a six-month time frame.
Perhaps Fortier’s most ambitious and highest-profile project, Tosca, opened in Miami in 2011. Focused on extremely rare and exclusive ingredients flown in daily from all around the world, Tosca took fine dining and guest experience in the Miami culinary landscape to a new level. With a revolutionary approach, inspired by Fortier’s favorite films of the Golden Age and Italian film “auteur” Fellini, Tosca was reminiscent of the carefree lifestyle of the late 1950s Mediterranean Riviera. Fortier wanted to create a concept that told a story, transporting guests into another time and place, offering a truly novel experience. Tosca was one of the most reviewed and acclaimed US concepts of 2012 and yielded an incredible guest average of over $1,000.
Fortier’s latest F&B project, La Gazzetta in downtown Miami, uniquely combined fine dining and top quality ingredients in a fun and entertaining bistro ambiance. The restaurant opened in a record 19 days after taking its possession. The level of difficulty in delivery fine dining quality food and service at bistro prices, combined with the incredible organization needed in fully redesigning and renovating the space while setting up operations to open in 19 days made La Gazzetta Fortier’s greatest challenge to date. La Gazzetta quickly became a darling of the press and locals alike.
“We have developed a reputation for creating some of the most glamorous and exciting ‘scenes’ in the hospitality business,” explains Fortier. “A magical guest experience separates restaurants that thrive versus those that survive. We know that in today’s world, it’s not only about great food and exceptional service anymore, it’s mostly about creating the experience…the escape.”
Nowadays, Fortier enjoys being on the other side of the operations, as a creative consultant. His new venture, The Fortier Creative Group, incorporates many divisions that allow him to touch upon all of his passions: interior design, restaurant & fashion concept creation, print & video campaigns, fashion & lifestyle magazine, feature films, image making, business start ups and real estate. When Fortier is not dreaming up his next production, he can be found spending time with his wife Mirla and two sons Beck and Kaj.
OCEAN DRIVE MAGAZINE CANADA
Founded the first outpost of the famed Miami publication for the Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver markets. It made waves in the industry for creating truly innovative content, with highly stylized layouts and fashion editorials well ahead of its time compared to the rest of the industry… so much so that even the original Miami edition quickly began commissioning the acclaim content of the Canadian editions.
O BAG MIAMI
Co-founded the first Obag Store in the US, the fashion brand currently taking Europe by storm. The original concept allows for women to be the designers and create their own handbags in store, choosing from a wide variety of fabulous bases, handles as well as decorative trims, furs and accessories. Obag is currently one of the most successful fashion brand in the world, doubling its sales for the last 3 consecutive years.
TUCCIA DI CAPRI CUSTOM SANDALS
Co-founded the critically acclaimed brand in Miami and New York. The custom sandals concept has master cobblers in stores, allowing for women to create their own sandal designs, made while they wait in 20 minutes. Hailed by Vogue and many other fashion publications as “the most exciting fashion brand in years”, Tuccia is still to this date the highest grossing third party vendor at Henri Bendel on 5th avenue in NYC since they opened in 1895, over a century ago…
MAISON D'AZUR RESTAURANT
Founded the concept that revolutionized the high-end restaurant industry and forever changed the face of fine dining. Maison was the very first concept in the US with entertainment “South of France style” but also with levels of food and service never seen before. It quickly became a much more sophisticated alternative for a clientele of A-list celebrities and moguls that would never frequent the clubs but still sought a more exciting night out. It generated a industry record $100,000/seat, selling over $500,000/month for dinner only out of a mere 60-seat. The unparalleled magic of Maison D’Azur Miami inspired countless similar concepts across the US; most notably Baoli Miami, Villa Azur and Bagatelle in NYC and other cities around the world.
TOSCA MIAMI RESTAURANT
Founded the uber sophisticated Tosca Miami that would overnight the rarest, freshest and most exotic ingredients from all around the world, mostly not available in the US. The menu was all ingredient-based, and offered almost no recipes. It was for true food purists who wanted to taste the absolute best ingredients in the world. Featured in over 100 media outlets for its originality and unparalleled romantic guest experience, Tosca averaged checks of $1,000 per person and was considered one of the best and the most expensive restaurant in the world.
RESTAURANT CLUB LOUNGE 737
Founded the mega 30,000sf. project located on the top 4 floors of the highest building in Montreal. It featured a restaurant, night club, lounge and 2 massive panoramic outdoor terraces. It immediately became one of the highest grossing restaurants in Canada with sales exceeding 25M and won many design awards.
TALENT MODEL MANAGEMENT
Founded Talent which became one of the premier modeling agencies in Canada. Talent’s keen eye was credited for discovering and launching the careers of numerous models worldwide. Talent also represented actors and other public figures.
Founded the highly creative advertising agency that made a name for itself for innovative and highly successful campaigns in the fashion and entertainment industry.
TALENT EVENT PLANNING
Founded the premier event planning company that organized some of the most memorable soirees in Canada’s major cities. Talent Corp also included Ocean Drive Magazine, Talent Model Management and Talent Advertising, which gave its events division unique access to a wide array of resources needed to create truly legendary events.
Founded the full service interior design firm that created some of the most impressive mansions in Miami as well as over 25 restaurants and fashion retail stores around the country. FCG Design is praised for engineering heightened lifestyles through its innovative designs, raising the experience of its clients or their guests to a whole new level.
FCG IMAGE MAKING & BRANDING
Founded the division of the Fortier Creative Group that helps individuals and companies in the fashion and entertainment industries maximize their exposure and increase the value of their personal or corporate brands. The company is known to create incredible images and rebranding that helped transform standard companies into highly polished and exciting brands, yielding incredible results from their repositioning.
FCG IMAGE PRODUCTIONS
Founded the innovative production company that offers full services for the fashion and entertainment industry; from full productions for fashion campaign shoots, music videos, TV commercials or print campaigns. Known for its unique glamorous and sophisticated signature style, creating highly polished and stylized productions.
FCG REAL ESTATE
Top producer Realtor for Related ISG as well as winner of the Miami Beach Camber of Commerce Better Beach Award for 2016 Rising star. Sold a 5.2M house cash on the very first day after as a licensee. Closed the highest retail price per square foot rent in Miami’s history for Obag on Lincoln Rd a month later.
We have created some of the most exciting and memorable guest experiences, branded with a distinct and recognizable style, which has been dubbed “The Fortier Magic” by a continuously loyal following of “A-Listers” and international jet-setting clientele
We bring concepts to life that go beyond simple beauty & aesthetic, infusing “a soul” into our designs. We approach residential projects with a strong focus on lifestyle; designing exciting spaces that one can actually interact with and enjoy living in, We enhance the quality of everyday life through a relentless attention to detail. We aim to create unique stories for each of our commercial designs to incite an emotional experience and transport guests into a carefully crafted world.
We create extremely polished concepts for restaurants, clubs, lounges, hotels, fashion retail stores, as well as, major high-profile events. We are recognized for our unparalleled attention to detail and thorough execution in delivering turnkey projects. We are currently developing two different restaurant concepts of our own, as well as a fashion retail project, while providing our services to help develop and implement tailored ideas for clients interested in launching a new business. More
We create highly personalized branding strategies and design carefully crafted images for models, actors and personalities looking to improve their exposure in the extremely competitive fields of fashion and entertainment.
We create comprehensive and highly customized marketing and branding strategies for companies looking to stand out in today's competitive and overcrowded landscape. Our strategies not only increase brand awareness and visibility but also, yield significant results which translate into actual sales.
We help bring dreams to life by helping fellow entrepreneurs setup their new ventures. We evaluate ideas and concepts while assessing market potential and optimal positioning, creating feasibility studies, and developing realistic and extremely detailed business plans and innovative marketing strategies. Furthermore, we can oversee the complete launch of the operation. We also, help manage existing business through "Board Advisory" services.
We use our filmmaking background to create projects with signature cinematic feel and compelling stories. With access to a massive 17,000 sf. studio in South Beach, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and the top crews in the city, we can produce anything from fashion & commercial campaigns, TV ads & music videos.
Director/filmmaker Stephan Fortier brings a highly innovative and creative vision with extreme attention to details to all of his projects. Early in his 25-year career, he founded Ocean Drive Magazine in Canada and Talent Corp (a modeling and talent agency as well as an advertising agency). This allowed him to build a significant track record in all aspects of the business and develop a complete understanding of his clients' needs from artistic and marketing perspectives.
World-renown photographer and image-maker Jarmo Pohjaneimi created several iconic fashion & glamour campaigns over a prolific 30-year career. He was one of three in-house photographers at Playboy Magazine for 15 years. The “Master of Light,” has written several best-selling books and has become a prominent speaker at leading conferences and seminars around the world.
Cuban-born Art Director Iris Garrido seeks to bring beauty and a sense of wonder to the world through her designs. A graduate from the prestigious Miami Ad School in New York, she’s brought her vision to iconic US and UK brands, lending an idyllic flair to all of her creations. A storyteller by heart, she's able to create emotional connections in the visual work. In her spare time, Iris loves to engage in philosophical endeavors of existentialism and the delicate nuances of life.
We operate within The Temple House Studios conveniently located in the heart of Miami Beach. As one of the premier venues for major productions in Miami, the spectacular location is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. We also have strategic partnerships with Chimera, Hansel & Phase One giving us access to the latest lighting and photography equipment and technologies, including some revolutionary prototypes that we get a chance to test before they hit the market.
FASHION & COMMERCIAL CAMPAIGNS TV COMMERCIALS MUSIC VIDEOS
We offer turnkey projects: from pre-production, to production and anything post. Our affiliation with Temple House, as well as our extensive roster and network of top creative minds, production experts and wide array of resources, allow us to deliver unparalleled results and value for our clients. We pride ourselves in crafting visually stunning productions that also hit the nail on the head in terms of marketing yield, efficiently and effectively reaching our clients' target audiences.
We are currently developing a new and exciting concept for an online lifestyle and fashion magazine scheduled to launch in 2016.
Movies are our true passion. We are currently developing our first feature film project: writing, directing and producing. Honed through over 20 years of conceptual artistry, we wish to bring our sophisticated aesthetic sensibility and storytelling skills to our life passion: the medium of feature films. Inspired by visionary "auteurs" like Fellini, we seek to revive the lost glamour of a bygone era and portray the essence of our generation with our first feature film.
TOP PRODUCER - RELATED ISG
Award-winning Realtor Stephan Fortier specializes in high-end residential & retail for restaurants and fashion boutiques. The power of the union between Related (one of the country’s largest developer) and ISG (one of the largest real estate marketer) enables discounted access to some of the city’s top developments. He's acquired an incredible network of contacts worldwide throughout his 25 years as a high-end restaurateur, often leading to insider information on “off-market” deals that would not be readily available via usual listings. He brings a unique perspective and insight to commercial clients with his extensive experience as a hands-on operator. As an interior designer, his residential clients benefit from highly creative input when viewing properties and trying to assess their potential.
Mr. Fortier serves as an advisory board member on the boards of directors of various companies. By combining his impressive hands-on knowledge acquired over the last 25 years as an entrepreneur with his highly creative mind, he can create significant value to any type of company. He brings a different perspective than traditional regulation-oriented board members, and is in a unique position to guide fellow entrepreneurs through the process of bringing their visions to life. He also helps companies in any industry establish explosive growth strategies, and can provide them with all necessary resources from his vast network of contacts.