June 13, 2016

Artist Profile | Maria Running Fisher Jones

We are so pumped to add another amazing artist to the Beyond Buckskin Boutique! Maria Running Fisher Jones is a member of the Blackfeet tribe from Montana.

She is the owner of TPmocs, a company that employs Native American artisans to handcraft modernly designed children’s moccasins. Her moccasins are not only adorable, but I love the idea of her cultivating a whole new generation of hip kids that rep modern Native-made fashion. And that is awesome.

May 30, 2016

I Don't Like Etsy, and This is Why...

In 2011, in addition to the beginning of the Urban Outfitters case with the Navajo Nation, Etsy was gaining momentum as an important marketplace for handmade goods. And, as an arts advocate, I saw big potential in Etsy for Native American artists to reach patrons and consumers throughout the world. But, the label “Native American” holds great monetary value, and even the average person or shop owner on Etsy realizes this and they misuse these words or tags to name and describe their products to garner more hits when consumers search for handmade Native jewelry or art.

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.