17 Native Clothing Brands – Native American Clothing Brands

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Colonization had devastating effects on indigenous peoples, and this same concept of taking something that is not yours, unfortunately appears in the fashion industry. everything time. Instead of falling into the trap of buying something cheap and inauthentic, take a minute to learn more and think about how this purchase might negatively affect others. There are countless ways to support Indigenous peoples, one of which is by showcasing Indigenous clothing and accessory brands that are rich in tradition and culture.

If you’re non-native and unsure whether you should wear certain designs or pieces, talk to the artist first and let them know your concerns. You have many other ways to uplift and show your support, like following these designers, creators, and artists and sharing their amazing work on social media. And if you buy products from any of the brands below, be sure to tag them in all your photos so your friends know who made them and can show the creators some love too.

Ahead are 17 Indigenous designers, sustainable fashion lines and ethical clothing brands that feature everything from jackets and tracksuits to jewelry and makeup bags (be sure to check out some of our favorite Indigenous beauty products, too). ).

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Lesley Hampton

classic bodysuit

Turn to this brand of clothing and accessories for all sizes, from formal wear to active recreation, like the versatile bodysuit featured here. Shop consciously with this eponymous line from Anishinaabe designer Lesley Hampton which not only reduces waste through its slow approach, but also donates 10% to matriarch movementwhich aims to amplify the voices of indigenous women.

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Lawrence have a nice day

Dress Warbonnet Elk Ivory

For intricate prints and patterns, check out this fashion line by artist and designer Arikara, Hidatsa, Blackfeet and Plains Cree Lawrence have a nice day. Truly wearable works of art, these dresses, shirts, scarves and more feature original hand-drawn artwork by the award-winning artist.

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she native

Fringed bucket bag

Shop sustainable clothing, leather handbags (like this moose-hide fringe bucket bag) and accessories from this Indigenous women-led brand founded by Devon fiddler. As indicated on the brand’s website, she native pledged to donate 2% to causes that support Indigenous women.

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Indian city

Mini Floral Medicine // Mermaid Days

Indian city co-founders Angel and Alex combine technology and tradition to create this line of 100% indigenous contemporary accessories that anyone can wear. Grab a pair of these lightweight acrylic earrings and keep your eyes peeled for restocks of the stunning one-foot versions.

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B.Yellowtail

Pacific Hoodie – Unisex

The fashion and accessories label from Northern Cheyenne and Crow designer Bethany Yellowtail offers everything from graphic tees and sweatshirts (like this unisex hoodie) to skirts, scarves and dresses. B.Yellowtail also provides a platform for other Indigenous, Native American and First Nations artists, designers and creators through the B.Yellowtail Collective. You will find handmade jewelry, accessories and even beauty products.

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4Kinship

Limited Edition Tracksuit – Soft Sunsets

After years of designing fast fashion clothing, Amy Denet Deal, Diné (Navajo), changed direction and launched a brand now called 4Kinship which offers super cool and unique upcycled pieces, like this tracksuit. You’ll also find jumpsuits, reworked vintage tracksuits and skirts, and jewelry created by other Indigenous designers.

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ThunderVoice Hat Co.

Hat 809

While we’re talking about upcycling, here’s another brand to check out. Founded by Lehi Voice of Thunder Eaglewho is Navajo/Totonac, ThunderVoice Hat Co. is a line of reimagined vintage hats that feature details crafted from old treasures, like reclaimed leather and t-shirts. The hats, which have all been hand-sourced and redesigned, “are a statement of how we can reuse and honor all elements of creation,” as noted on the brand’s website.

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White Bear Moccasins

Ankle moccasin with cuff or fringe

Collaborate with Polar Bear ShaunaMHA Nation, to design your own pair of White Bear Moccasins. You pick the style you want (like slip-ons, chukkas, or boots), the type of skin and shade you like, and all the finishing details, and Shauna will handcraft your own pair. These made-to-order loafers may not ship overnight, but they’re definitely worth the wait.

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Warren Steven Scott

Mixed ovoids

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The Urban Native Era

‘YOU ARE ON NATIVE LAND’ Dad Cap – Black

Founder and CEO Joey Montoya, who is Lipan Apache, created Urban Native Era to increase the visibility and awareness of indigenous people. This clothing line offers socks, hoodies, t-shirts and hats (like this one, which is the brand’s best-selling one) printed with slogans such as “You Are on Native Land”. And yes, non-natives can wear it too.

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Paul Winston

Teal Concho Collection Earrings

Look to an Indigenous owned and operated brand Paul Winston for handmade jewelry, beautiful skirts and makeup bags, which you will love so much, you will want to carry them like handbags. Creator Calandra Etsitty, Dinecombines traditional and contemporary elements in these stunning designs.

Inspired by their Ojibwe, Oneida and Mohican heritage, husband and wife duo Erik and Amanda created the Native American denim clothing line Ginewwhich they described perfectly on the brand’s website as “Native American”. You’ll be obsessed with the denim brand’s impeccable attention to detail, as evidenced by this unisex coatlined with Pendleton cover fabric in symbolic colors and patterns.

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OXDX Clothing

Logo t-shirt (black t-shirt for women)

The owner and artist behind OXDX, Jared Yazzie, who goes by the name Diné, created this streetwear brand to educate others about Indigenous issues. You can expect to find plenty of bold graphic t-shirts in bright colors with even stronger messages that support indigenous people and raise awareness.

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Jamie Gentry Designs

Pearl Buffalo Hide Moccasins

This indigenous brand has a strong focus on sustainability. Each pair of moccasins created by Jamie Gentry, from the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, is custom made with that person in mind. Choose from woven, wrap, fringed, non-fringed or pleated toe styles with the option of Vibram soles for durability and outdoor use.

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Makwa Studio

Triangular Beanie

Textile artist and designer Maggie Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe) uses a knitting machine to hand-weave all pieces for this brand of knitwear, which is inspired by Thompson’s heritage. As soon as the temperatures start to drop, we think you’ll want to pick up one (or more) of each of these woolen hooded beanies, balaclavas and scarves.

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Lakota beadwork by Molina

peaks on peaks

Third Generation Beader Molina Parker (Oglala Lakota) creates some of the most incredible beadwork. From intricate cuffs to beautiful beaded earrings, these pieces of jewelry are the ones you’ll treasure forever.

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Decolonial Clothing Co.

Decolonize the crew neck

Not only are you buying ethically and environmentally friendly when you buy clothing from Decolonial Clothing Co.like this “Decolonize” shirt pictured here, but you are also supporting a business owned and operated by a Nehiyaw-Anishinaabe family from Treaty 6 and Treaty 4 territories.

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Michael O. Stutler