Louis Carioto has worked hard to establish a rich and fascinating career. He was educated at the University of Ottawa, obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce, and then earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at New York University. The Ottawa native got his start at the original Bloomingdale’s, the prestigious New York department store. The next fourteen years found him pursuing his career at Eaton’s and The Bay. The remodeling of Ogilvy’s in 1987 allowed for the launch of Design Louis George. His collections include traditional and contemporary furniture of French, British, and Italian design.
What is your proudest accomplishment? I am most proud of my daughters and two granddaughters, and of course, the creation of Design Louis George.
One thing that most people don’t know about you? I give the impression of being softhearted, but I am actually passionate and can be tough.
Your favourite table…? My home. My wife is a fabulous cook and her rack of lamb is my favourite dish.
For a business lunch we are likely to find you… At Il Cortile.
The vacation of your dreams … Sicily, an island linking the mountains, the sea, and the verdant landscapes set against the backdrop of Mount Etna.
Your favourite designer? Giorgio Armani.
Your go-to shopping destinations? Ogilvy’s of course … and Bloomingdale’s when I’m travelling.
A painter you admire… Jean-Paul Riopelle. I find his work inspiring.
Your guilty pleasure… Strawberry shortcake with lots of whipped cream. This is a luxury for me because of my diabetes, but I always indulge on my birthday.
The height of luxury for you is… Italian shoes.
Three values that define you? Passion, integrity and decency.
A cause dear to your heart? Finding a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.
Your definition of happiness? Family dinners on Sunday evenings. Our table is always full with family and friends.
One thing that irritates you? A lack of punctuality.
What adorns your office? A framed 1967 Drexel furniture advertisement for their ‘Carioto’ furniture collection.
The tech-gadget with which you are most enamored: My insulin pump. I also love my DustBuster.
A gift one would give to an acquaintance or friend… A ‘coffre’ from the Althorp Collection, inspired by antiques housed in the Earl Spencer’s mansion.
Your greatest achievement in business? Twenty-five years of serving our important Montréal clientele.