Angela Howe-Parrish of Choke Cherry Creek is a phenomenal beadwork artist, sewist, fashion designer and business owner. She is an enrolled member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation and a descendent of the Pikuni (Blackfeet) Nation of Montana. Her Apsáalooke name is Ikūalasaash which means “Persistence” given by her grandmother for her ability to work hard, reach her educational goals and pursue success. She is a member of the Whistling Water Clan and a child of the Big Lodge Clan. She infuses designs, colors and florals that her Indigenous relatives used. Her role as a wife and mother are of the utmost importance to her. She also strives to be a positive role model for all generations by empowering and uplifting her community. By creating contemporary Indigenous fashion, her goal is to utilize the platform of fashion design to occupy spaces where there is a need for representation of Indigenous people. Choke Cherry Creek’s mission is to inspire the world to see that Indigenous people are beautiful, resilient, rich in culture and are still carrying on their traditions today. Angela has been invited to showcase her array of clothing in various places including RES 2022 Las Vegas & New York Fashion Week. She currently features a stunning ready to wear line, the Honoring Our Mothers Collection on her website which was designed appropriately for all people.
Natasha's creation comes from the heart- a place of calmness, creativity, and love for her culture. The strength and fighting spirit of her grandparents are what gives her work its unique beauty. As she sew, memories of those Natasha love are stitched in every piece. When they wear Kaska Dena Designs, her customers feel the confidence, pride, and beauty her grandparents have taught.
When she create, it is not only her, It is also about providing a legacy that appreciates and protects the traditions that have defined her and her ancestors. In celebrating her culture, she can pass it down to future generations. This is what makes her clothes so unique.
International Indigenous Fashion Awards-Accessories Designer of the Year winner Melrene Saloy EagleSpeaker is a Blackfoot woman from the Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta and the founder of Native Diva Creations. Her collection consists of First Nations color, designs and patterns that are created with traditional and contemporary materials to make new and modern jewelry. Since its inception in 2015, Melrene has taken her business globally by making culturally appropriate jewelry for people from all walks of life.
This changemaker’s goal has always been to make authentic jewelry, that many people can enjoy while showcasing her Blackfoot roots and using new and contemporary tools to make her brand standout.
Carmen Halkett is a proud First Nations Cree woman, Mother, BISW, Indigenous Artist, a skilled Fashion Designer & CEO of Carmen Theresa Lynn Designs. Representing the Treaty 6 territory, originally from Little Red River First Nation, Carmen moved to Saskatoon to pursue her dreams of Fashion Design.
Her CTLDesigns 2022 Fall collection is titled: Autumn Skies. This collection is a creation of classy, powerful, & elegant styles; the significant prints, bright clean colors, romantic, garconne styles, are more modernized which incorporates Carmen's First Nations Cree culture with a traditional twist. This collection representation is about the newness, replenishment and rebirth of a new season skies.
Fashion, creating and designing has given Carmen this platform to use her voice, a gift for the better and along with many other very talented Indigenous individuals, creators, artists, designers & she wants the world to see & listen all while connecting through the elaborative networking involved. Carmen's main focus being Indigenous Representation by wanting to add to, as well as make a shift in fashion, with her creations & hand made work. Created to send out messages through her hand made pieces. Carmens message is, "I believe that our own ways of dressing reflects where we are from, where we live, how we express, how we cre7ate, how we associate and how we get a chance to choose just how we show up in this world & the power of being; Indigenous Made Strong. Uplifting many other young & old Indigenous artisians. There is always a: Fashion you, you you, and history you".
Sage Mountainflower is the owner and designer of her indigenous fashion brand Sage Mountainflower. She integrates her beadwork techniques and pueblo styles into modern contemporary clothing. She creates indigenous fashion to be worn outside traditional boundaries.
She comes to you from the ancestral lands of two Native American pueblo communities in Northern New Mexico and the Navajo Nation of North America. Her tribal bloodlines are Ohkay Owingeh, Taos Pueblo and the Navajo Nation. She began this endeavor creating traditional and contemporary attire for her children. She learned to do beadwork by observing her mother and aunties as a young girl. She grew up in the realm of art by watching her parents create beadwork, paintings, sketches, writing and making music, which was instilled in her by her mother Lottie Archuleta, a painter and beadwork artist and her late father Robert Nakaidinae. He was a painter, writer, musician and activist.
After being gifted a sewing machine, she began to make the appropriate traditional clothing for her children. She entered the native fashion world as a designer during Santa Fe Indian Market Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA) Native Contemporary Clothing Contest in 2014. Since then, her work has been exhibited in a variety of art and fashion shows locally and internationally. Her designs are becoming award winning designs and recognized at the Heard Indian Fair & Market in Phoenix, Arizona and at Santa Fe Indian Market SWAIA in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She will bring out the Sage Mountainflower - Phendi Tewa Collection. This is a monochrome black on black line with a touch of gold representing her Summer Clan Colors. In the Tewa Language for people of tewa country the word "phendi" means "black.”
Mary Kelsay/MEKA, is an Unangax designer in Seattle. Mary makes custom and women's wear garments. Although contemporary, Mary loves to design with a flare of indigenous influence. As an independent designer for the last 8 years, Mary has designed many collections ranging from swim/resort wear to evening/cocktail wear. This years collection is influenced from Unangax regalia, hunting hats, and basketry. Femininity is the focus with this years line, With Italian silk, tasseled silk, and lace fabric used with Unangax inspired design lines twisted into modern dresses, separates, and jackets. This year’s collection wouldn't be possible without the support from her local community in Seattle as well as her Far North community in Alaska.