Beyond Essentials: 5 Statement Pieces from Native Designers You Should Own



Let these beautiful yet affordable statement items give your next outfit a much-needed upgrade for the season. These handpicked items belong to the best artisanal, distinctive pieces from talented designers you may not have heard of — until now.

Custom Beaded Hoops by Kim Sierra

These intricately beaded earrings are just one of many custom-made pairs designed by Kim Sierra. Inspired by her childhood and the culture she grew up with, Kim creates these stunning pieces using traditional beading techniques she learned from the Native women in her family. This inspiration clearly manifests in the symbols present in her work, and will definitely add a unique flair to any outfit.

To get you started, wear these earrings with a plain jumpsuit to really make them stand out. You can also rock your own custom hoops with a matching colorful silk scarf by Loren Aragon to finish off the look.

Hooded Jacket by Sho Sho Esquiro

This edgy, stylish jacket is by Sho Sho Esquiro, who is passionate about incorporating Native art into her designs. Sho Sho mixes cashmere wool, moose antler, lamb leather, and other traditional materials to create this sophisticated statement hooded jacket. Woman Within highlights how lightweight hooded jackets are perfect for transitional weather, which means you should have a chic one in your wardrobe for days when it’s not too hot but not too cold, either. Indeed, functionality and fashion come together through this unique piece that is sure to turn heads wherever you go.

Handmade Moccasins by Manitoba Metis Women

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Leather by Dar is a footwear brand that specializes in handmade moccasins. The Native-owned brand is managed by a family of Manitoba Metis women, who make custom pieces suited to their customer’s preferences. The one-of-a-kind yet versatile pieces go well with layered outfits ideal for cold weather but are definitely not limited to a particular style.

For instance, an article on Fashion Trend Walk recommends pairing vibrant moccasins with an all-black ensemble to really make them pop. What’s great about supporting Leather by Dar is that these moccasins can last you a lifetime if they are cleaned and stored properly.

Fringe Bag by Devon Fiddler

The chic red fringe bag is a must-have for every woman who wants to exude charm and confidence, and this piece from SheNative founded by Devon Fiddler fits the bill. Devon is an indigenous woman who sought support through crowdfunding campaigns to launch her socially-driven company. The brand is dedicated to supporting and empowering indigenous women through their pieces. Case in point: This fringe red bag is their way of raising awareness about murdered indigenous women and girls. They encourage people who buy from them to educate others about these important and often ignored issues.

The world of Native fashion is an exciting and thriving market, with designers and brands continually finding ways to empower their clientele and each other. Supporting these designers means contributing to their advocacies and helping those who need our support the most, all while getting truly unique and fashionable pieces that will make every outfit shine.

About the Writer: Natasha May Rivera is a New York-based writer who is passionate about up-and-coming brands with advocacies that matter. When she’s not attending boutique openings, you’ll find her curled up with a book in the local library.

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