Nice to see one of Canada’s few-remaining heritage, still Canadian-owned, department stores, HOLT RENFREW (est. 1837) working with MANITOBAH MUKLUKS, producer of a Canadian Heritage product, one that I like to call “OUR OWN”, the MUKLUK.
Canadian and First Nations-owned Manitobah Mukluks has partnered with Holt Renfrew to offer a premium collection called the Storyboot Project. The collection, which includes handcrafted mukluks from artist Annie McKay, is a co-production with the luxury retailer’s H Project, an in-store shop of extraordinary products with incredible stories. Boots, $60 to $1,500, Holt Renfrew stores.
Our story begins in Canada thousands of years ago, when our ancestors created mukluks and moccasins using distinctive leather, furs and beadwork to reflect their individual customs and culture. Today as Métis we continue this tradition by combining the craftsmanship and artistry of our ancestors with modern materials to create truly timeless footwear – as functional as it is beautiful. Stitch by stitch, bead by bead,
1990 Métis siblings Sean and Heather McCormick establish a trading post in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Aboriginal artisans trade handmade mukluks and moccasins for the McCormicks’ tanned leather skins and furs.
1997 The McCormicks register a Canadian corporation and begin manufacturing Aboriginal footwear.
From their website: http://www.manitobah.ca/
HOLT RENFREW: Celebrating a Proud Canadian Heritage.
Once a purveyor of fashion to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Holt Renfrew began in 1837 as a modest hat shop in Quebec City. Over the years the brand developed and expanded across Canada. In the 1930’s Holt Renfrew began exclusive accounts with some of the best designers in Europe and in 1947 hosted Monsieur Christian Dior when he launched his “New Look”. In 1986, W. Galen and The Hon. Hilary M. Weston bought Holt Renfrew. Under their ownership Holt Renfrew has become Canada’s destination for luxury retail. Holt Renfrew has over 2,500 employees with nine stores across the country in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa and Toronto (Bloor Street, Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale Shopping Centre).
From their website: http://www.holtrenfrew.com/