- This awesome boutique has you completely covered…urban wear, high fashion, pop jewellery and an every changing cast of fashion designers to keep you trendy and decked out in indigenous goods!
- Absolutely stunning shirt designs at an affordable price is what first drew me to this site, but you should also take a look at this Tahltan artist’s jewellery and paintings!
- This Etsy page features stunning hand painted boots, shoes and bags from Pine Ridge. A new find, I’m having a hard time keeping a rein on my already overtaxed credit card.
- Not the moccasins your kookum would make you, but a beautiful selection nonetheless, and you have to check out their ‘Story boots’! Real leather, real fur, and something they call a ‘vibram sole’ that I am very much looking forward to trying out…I’ll write a more thorough review once I’ve walked a mile in these mukluks…
Update: oh. my. YES. These mukluks are so incredibly comfortable, I’m basically living in them. I think I’m going to leave my man for them. Move over baby, my mukluks need room on the pillow!
-Beautiful handmade crafts and clothing of all kinds, made by Tlicho artisans! I just stumbled across this site, and I’m already mentally spending all my money! The beading is so very Dene in style. Awesome stuff!
- An urban clothing store out of Saskatchewan, this Cree-inspired line is wicked cool! I just wish they weren’t selling out so fast so I could get a t-shirt!
- More incredible crafts coming out of the NWT…you should check out the beaver fur hats with rabbit fur trim (ENVY!)!!!
- Specialising in footwear, you MUST check them out! This is their Facebook page, and so far there isn’t an online boutique, but there is a phone number you can call to place orders!
- Another fantastic example of how we can use technology to support aboriginal traditions and ensure our spectacularly talented artisans can actually make a living!
- this store in Calgary, AB is run by Yvonne Jobin, a Cree designer from High Prairie. She also has an eBook on Hide Tanning: The Northern Cree Way which is pretty damn cool! Some things are available online, while others must be special ordered.
- hand made designs, both traditional and modern, Mohawk couture! Also, this is where you can get the awsomest board game evah….Pow-wowopoly!
- t-shirts in Cree…these are some of my favourite items of clothing ever and I wish that there were many, many more to choose from. It could become a reality if this aboriginal-owned business gets more interest! The owner had to scale back on some really beautiful and diverse prints because that model was unsustainable, but there is always hope for the future!
The Spring 2012 catalogue is now up!
- this is absolutely stunning high fashion by Haida designer, Dorothy Grant. Even if you can’t afford these one of a kind pieces, you have to go and look and drool, because I’m telling you…wow.
- I came across Native Bebe at the Odawa pow-wow. I really like their logo. They were selling cradle-boards and moss-bags as well as regalia and t-shirts, etc.
- this clothing shop based in Arizona offers native-designed clothes and products which tend to sell out pretty quickly. Their creations are original and every changing, so this is a site to keep checking back on!
- A wide selection of native designed clothing and accessories, definitely worth checking out!
- currently there are tonne of amazingly beautiful quillwork pieces available at seriously reasonable prices, all done by local artisans. This is a must see!
I just want to preface this with some things I’ve noticed. The Inuit have been among some of the first indigenous groups to really access global markets for their carvings and amazing print-making, and there is a very established commerce going on between some of the most isolated northern communities in the world…and the rest of the globe. It’s interesting, and I’m happy to see that clothing designers are starting to access that market!
- The Nunavut community of Pangnirtung runs this website, where you can find clothing and crafts and other awesomeness. The stock rotates as it comes in from community members so it’s a great site to keep coming back to.
- this company is based out of Nunavik, in northern Quebec, and features absolutely stunning seal-skin mittens and kamiks, as well as some beautiful seal-skin purses. It also sells incredibly warm parkas and other Inuk-designed awesomeness. The site is currently down temporarily but they’ll be back up, and when they are you have to check them out!
- this is more in the ‘mass produced’ vein, and not exactly community-based. “Attraction” is a southern Quebec clothing company that has an “Inuk” line of clothing it has developed in collaboration with Eva Papigatuk from Salluit, Nunavik. Apparently when she was first called in to consult with them, she found that their designs were really west-coast looking rather than traditional Inuit style. I put it here because it at least has been developed with consultation, and if you can’t afford hand-crafted Inuit items, then at least you can get something kind of similar. You can’t buy this online, you’d have to find the collection in a Canadian city.
- This Alberta Métis creates custom order moccasins and “Métis couture” as well as jewellery and beaded art. Well made, beautiful, and reasonably priced considering the amount of work that goes into these creations!
- Briony Goddard is the woman behind Mousetrap Clothiers out of Lacombe, Alberta. She beads and designs Métis-style beadwork and has used a number of designs by Christi Belcourt. She does do custom orders as well.
- I am a real sucker for organic made body products, particularly if they use sage in anything. There are a tonne of awesome body products here, available for sale online, and this company helps fund cultural camps. If you’re love these kinds of products, you might as well support aboriginal business!