March 31, 2016

Beyond Online: Announcing a New Retail and Studio Space

We are so excited to announce that as a part of our overall mission and goals, Beyond Buckskin will be launching our first storefront and studio space! It will be located in Belcourt, North Dakota, on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. This space is set to open with a celebration on May 7th, which will coincide with Beyond Buckskin’s annual online Anniversary Sale - a blazing 24-hour storewide sales event with amazing deals to thank customers for their year-long support. Please mark your calendars to join us in this in-person and online event!

February 27, 2016

RETROSPECTRUM!: A Style Mixer

What would fashion history look like if Native American designers were consistently represented in mainstream style magazines, department stores and fashion shows?

How would a Hopi designer take 1960s Mod fashion to the next level? How would a Lakota designer add authenticity to '70s hippy style? How would a Navajo designer contribute to Pin-up fashion? And how would a Northwest Coast Haida designer enrich techno culture? What about a Mohawk hip-hop fly-girl stylist? That would be fashion history, to the next level.

February 24, 2016

Artist Profile | Bentonia Brown

We are excited to add yet another amazing new artist to the Beyond Buckskin Boutique: Bentonia Brown creates tiny little cloth-covered gems emblazoned with geometric designs and Native American art.

Her business, T.Connor&Co., is an ode to her son and her culture, and her limited-edition button-style earrings are about to become your latest obsession (how do you buy just one pair? You can't - you need to collect them all!). We sat down with Bentonia to learn more about her fun and budding business.

February 18, 2016

Our Picks: Top Articles on Appropriation

I regularly receive emails and inquiries from people asking about the topic of Native appropriations in fashion. The questions are straightforward, yet complex: "What is it? Am I doing it right now? When is it ok? I love Navajo prints, can I wear Native American fashion? How can I educate myself and my friends about this topic?"

The questions are great, because it means people are interested, and I often send them to the same articles and online resources that break down this complicated topic into digestible bits.

February 11, 2016

Wiring the Rez: E-Commerce in Indian Country

What can happen when the broad-reaching power of the internet and the economic potential of e-commerce combine with the creative energy of Native American material culture?

I'm in Arizona right now, attending and participating in the second annual tribal government e-commerce conference. Hosted by ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Indian Legal Program, this two-day conference explores the emerging world of Tribal Digital Sovereignty and the powerful potential of wiring our reservation communities.

February 3, 2016

Artist Profile | Precise' and Monā Lossie

One of my favorite events of the year is the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow held in Albuquerque at the end of April. I like it because, well, it's a powwow (and who doesn't like a powwow!?), but also because of the Indian Trader's Market.

Aside from the cheesy name, the market is a great place for me to scout new talented artists to promote and add to the Beyond Buckskin Boutique. Beadwork artists, in particular, are in abundance (seriously!), and I just love beadwork!