Started in Saskatchewan by Cree entrepreneur Devon Fiddler, SheNative employs teachings from “Indigenous Nationhood” to uplift women, tackle stereotypes and support Indigenous makers.
Offering a variety of items ranging from tops and sweaters to leather accessories, the company recently released a collection of handmade handbags called Gratitude. A design partnership between Helen Oro, founder of Helen Oro Designs and a member of the Pelican Lake First Nation band, and SheNative designer Tori-Lynn Wanotch, the five-piece range is designed to reflect “collective traditional roots” while employing “modern design techniques.” Each handbag design is smudged in prayer before being packed for shipment to the purchaser. This simply chic fringe bucket bag ($396) is made from elk-skin leather sourced from local hunters, according to the company’s website.
Featuring hand-cut fringe and an adjustable cross-body strap, the leather showcases natural scars and imperfections to render each bucket bag “as unique as the women who will wear it. —Aleesha Harris