Beyond Buckskin launched in 2009 by Jessica R. Metcalfe, PhD (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) as a website dedicated to showcasing and promoting our continent’s first artists and original designers. In 2012, the original blog website expanded to include an online boutique as well. The origin story of this boutique is rooted in positive activism and a desire to share our cultures with the world through fashion design.
Based out of the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota, Beyond Buckskin is dedicated to advancing creative small businesses located throughout rural and urban communities by providing an online store where customers can connect with Native American and First Nations fashion designers and jewelry artists. The fashion industry is one of the hardest to break into, and, through this platform, we bring creative Indigenous artists to the spotlight.
We currently work with over 40 artists to get their incredible and unique work out to a broader audience. Our designers all advance traditional artistic practices by bringing ancient designs, natural materials, and cultural stories to modern fashion. Shop handpicked items that range from affordable accessories and streetwear to luxurious couture and specialty items. Diversity, beauty, utility and tradition come together in the garments and accessories we share with the world – from our hands to yours.
Photography by Pierce Barbot; shot in the Turtle Mountains; models Cassie Trottier and Cole Schroeder.