An area designer’s unique brand of handcrafted Aboriginal footwear is creating a fast-growing buzz in the fashion industry.
By Matt Gardner
“It was amazing,” Lavallee said of her first real fashion show experience. “I got so much publicity that it was quite overwhelming.”
The boots borrow techniques traditionally used to make native footwear but add embroidered artwork more often found on gowns, jackets and suits. Typical designs include animals that symbolize a customer’s aboriginal name, although the company has many non-First Nations customers as well.
Below: "A model wears a pair of the creenisgaa clothing art leather boots at National Aboriginal Fashion Week in Regina."