November 6, 2015

Artist Profile | Maggie Thompson

We are excited to announce the addition of a new artist to our Boutique roster; her name is Maggie Thompson and she is Fond du Lac Ojibwe. She is a textile artist, and she creates timeless, cozy wearable art for her business Makwa Studio. Makwa means 'bear' in the Ojibwe language, and we love how she brings subtle cultural and design references into her work. From her Heritage Cowl to her Feather Hoodie Scarf and Mountain Peak Beanie, her latest collection is a must-have for this winter and winters to come. Scroll down to read our interview with her now.

October 14, 2015

Announcing Beyond Buckskin's F/W 2015 Giveaway!

Autumn is in full swing and it's time to bust out your favorite scarf, enjoy some pumpkin flavored something, and win some Native American fashion!

Beyond Buckskin is teaming up with our favorite Native American and First Nations designers and artists to host awesome weekly giveaways throughout the fall and into the winter! From cute moccasins, to elegant earrings, to cool sunglasses and more, you'll get many chances to win new unreleased items, some one-of-a-kind pieces, and our popular top sellers.

October 13, 2015

Indigenous Peoples Day 2015 at NYU

In September, a representative for the Native American and Indigenous Students Group at NYU, Amanda Foote, reached out to Beyond Buckskin. They wanted to buy the Native Americans Discovered Columbus tee for their Columbus Day events. It was so great to see students initiate positive change, and I was reminded of my days at Dartmouth and the University of Arizona, where I frequently found myself in groups wanting to educate and empower through events. I'm sure you all can relate.

October 5, 2015

Visual Celebrations of #nativefashion

I think we're witnessing a really interesting time in history when Native cultures can be acceptably and excitingly worn on the body publicly.

This wasn't always the case.

Even up until recently, I recall people trying to visually downplay their cultural differences. Thank goodness for the democratization of fashion and the avant-garde campaigns of the 1980s-1990s with creative ads by brands like the United Colors of Benetton. In these revolutionary images, people of diverse backgrounds were represented alongside each other in celebratory ways as chic fashion statements.

September 29, 2015

Speaking Strength Into Being

What is your personal mantra? What do you tell yourself when the going gets tough, or when you're nervous, tired, upset or down? We've all had those moments when we need a little extra encouragement.

I hit those moments a lot. I don’t think people know this, but I get insanely nervous every time I’m about to do a presentation or host an event. Deep down, I either feel like I want to flee (“run Jessica, just run for it!”) or vomit. I have a mantra that gets me through those times.

September 22, 2015

Designer Profile | Jeremy Arviso

Jeremy Arviso is a straight up guy. He doesn't mind being honest and upfront, and he actually seems to relish living in a genuine state of mind and bringing that sense of raw authenticity to fashion and art.

His work is vibrant and energetic; you can almost visualize him painting when you see his brush strokes on the canvas. He moves back and forth between two-dimensional painting and graphic art and three-dimensional fashion with ease, and much of his 2D work informs the designs seen on his streetwear.

September 3, 2015

Hitting the D Spot: Customers and Delight

I have officially started my Creative Startups program - so get ready for some posts about business! Beyond Buckskin was selected as one of nine small businesses to participate in the Creative Startups business accelerator and I couldn’t be more pumped. Their mission is to accelerate the success of creative entrepreneurs and economies, and they believe in the power of arts businesses to create dynamic and prosperous communities. Yes!