December 8th, 2021 Last Updated on: December 16th, 2021
Native American clothing companies deserve our support. But sometimes it's hard to distinguish between authentic indigenous businesses and those merely capitalizing on Native trends. That's why, if you can, try to dig a little bit and do some research to make sure you're supporting genuine Native American and First Nation artists and all of their hard work.
Or, visit our Shop Native directory, which includes some of the best Native American businesses in virtually every major consumer category.
In addition to creating products that are rich in culture and tradition—many Native artists also use their business as a way to give back to their communities. So when you buy from them, you're supporting their work, you're getting a quality product, and you're oft-times propping up the work of a worthy charity or social enterprise.
To save you time and take some of the guesswork out of your shopping experience, we've compiled a list of Native American clothing brands that we think you should know. If you buy products from any of the companies featured in this article, make sure to tag them in your photos and social media posts so people in your network know where you got your threads and they can support these Native creators too.
Without further ado, here are 25 of our favorite Native American clothing brands:
This couture fashion brand boldly celebrates the empowerment of women. Through its designs, Aconav provides a unique reflection of Native American culture that its customers have come to love.
This Native American-owned fashion and accessories brand specializes in storytelling through wearable art. B. Yellowtail's clothing is designed by Northern Cheyenne and Crow fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail, as well as other Native artists.
Beyond Buckskin works with over 40 Native American and First Nations fashion designers and artists. Using natural materials, these creators incorporate their rich ancestral roots into their designs to create one-of-a-kind modern fashion pieces.
The Big Pine, California-based apparel company produces a wide variety of shirts, hoodies, masks, aprons, and more. Many of its designs seek to raise awareness of social issues, including the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis. Though Born of Legends doesn't operate its own online store, you can find its products on both Etsy and Collective49.
Boy Chief Trading Company makes some of the most stunning blankets you'll find anywhere. According to Boy Chief's website, the colors used in its designs represent the various clays and sagebrush used in Blackfoot societies and spiritual ceremonies. The geometric symbolism, meanwhile, tells a story of “life, death, rebirth and the power of the creator over us all.”
Owned by Danielle H. Morrison (Anishinaabekwe from Treaty 3 territory), Clan Mother Goods & Apparel offers a lean yet striking selection of indigenous apparel. Clan Mother is “rooted in the culture, identity and people that have survived generations of colonial violence,” according to its website. Many of its designs playfully pay homage to the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan.
As can be discerned from the name, The Cree Woman in Canada is run by a Cree woman in the Alberta province of “The Great White North.” On its site, you'll find an assortment of handmade ribbon skirts, flute bags, mocassins, blankets and baby items.
Alano Edzerza is a Tahltan multimedia artist based in West Vancouver, British Columbia. He’s been running his own business since 2007, from production to sales to e-commerce—you name it. He’s a one-man entrepreneurial powerhouse, and his creations are worth checking out. He even designed the outerwear that the Dutch Olympic team wore in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He’s a pretty big deal.
Eighth Generation, or 8th Gen, is a Seattle-based art and lifestyle brand owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe. They operate by the motto, “Inspired Natives. Not Native-inspired.” The company formed in 2008 when artist Louie Gong (Nooksack) began merging his experiences, culture, and influences into his designs. 8th Gen has a brick-and-mortar store in Pike Place Market in Seattle.
Feral Fawn is a Native online clothing store run by a husband-and-wife team. Feral Fawn offers a nice spread of streetwear, ribbon shirts, jewelry and more. This Orange Shirt design represents the resilience of indigenous people in the aftermath of the genocide carried out by residential schools in Canada and those that ran them. Profits from many of their products go to the Indian Residential School Survivor Society.
While Ginew's claim to fame is being “the only Native American denim brand,” the company also sells designed leather goods, brass buckets, wool blankets, coats, jewelry, bandanas and more. Ginew integrates elements of their Ojibwe, Oneida, and Mohican heritage into many of their styles. Rest assured: Ginew makes some of the most high-quality Native American clothing you'll find anywhere.
Everything on I Am Anishinaabe is made by Delina White (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) a Native apparel designer, jewelry maker and beadwork artist. Browse some of her Haute Couture styles, t-shirts, totes, scarves, jewelry, and more.
Named for a traditional smoking blend meaning “things that are mixed,” Kinnikinnick is a nod to both the mixture of cultures represented by the company as well as its wide array of product offerings. On its website, you'll find everything from shirts, jackets, hats, masks and more.
Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, Lakota Sioux Arts runs an Etsy shop featuring handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, and a small selection of clothing.
Mahota Textiles is the first textile company envisioned and owned by a North American tribe. Inspired by their founding members' Southeast heritage, Mahota's blankets tell stories using vivid imagery and warm, woven material. So rest assured: their blankets are as snuggly as they are stunning.
What is a mukluk? It's one of the original winter boots of Canada, known by generations as the warmest winter boot in the world. Manitobah makes some of the best on the market, in addition to an impressive selection of mocassins, mitts, gloves and more.
Nate creates “Aboriginal apparel for the seventh generation.” The company launched in June 2015, to fill the need for alternative designs in the pow wow apparel market, and it's since developed a number of popular shirts, tanks, bandanas, baby items and more.
Native Gorilla's brand is built around a community of influencers, including local artists and musicians. This one-of-a-kind Native apparel company is dedicated to supporting nonprofits through sports, art and community service. Native Gorilla's designs are simple, yet timeless. See for yourself!
Niio Perkins Designs specializes in traditional and contemporary Iroquois beadwork, clothing and accessories.
Founded by Yendi and Johnny Nieto, Our Indigenous Traditions offers a little bit of everything: dresses, throw overs, joggers, tees, hoodies, leggings, tanks, masks, stockings, headbands, and more.
OXDX's mission is to “preserve culture by passing on stories through art, fashion, and creative content. To be socially conscious, constantly connected to our community, and ambitious as hell.” And it's evident in everything they design. OXDX was founded by artist, Jared Kee Yazzie, a Diné self-taught graphic designer and printmaker. Yazzie has been working in the industry since 2009 and now operates a workshop and storefront with his partner Allie Stone in Tempe, Arizona.
Every time you buy from Proudly Indigenous Crafts and Designs, you're supporting indigenous communities by purchasing an eco-friendly, high-quality, authentic seal fur product. The company produces everything including clothing, footwear, accessories and home decor.
Salish.Design is known for its catalog of bright, bold Native styles. If you like what you see, take your pick from any of Salish's art, accessories, or men's or women's clothing.
She Native is working to change the perception of indigenous women while empowering them to change the status quo. The company works directly works with artists, suppliers, and designers while giving back 10% of their profits to the community. If you want to support a Native American clothing company that's all-in on women's empowerment, then this one's for you.
Owned by Constance Boyd (Ojibway, French and Irish descent), The Silver Moccasin features authentic indigenous-made Canadian arts and crafts, novelty gifts, souvenirs and more. The Silver Moccasin's fashion wraps are among its most beautiful products in store. Put them on your short list of Native American clothing brands.
Smoke Signals/Native Culture Shop is all about helping light the path for students throughout Indian Country. They create Native American clothing and other products, such as backpacks and water bottles, that kids can use at school, but also stand out and rep their Native culture while doing so.
Founded by artist and designer Tessa Sayers, Soul Curiosity seeks to inspire holistic lifestyles through the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual elements of the Medicine Wheel. You'll find a lovely assortment of clothing, beadwork, blankets, bags and more at Soul Curiosity. It's more than Native American clothing. For Sayers, it's about healing.
TPMOCS makes some adorable moccasins for kids and babies. But beyond that, they're extremely well made, using only high-quality durable materials. If that didn't win you over, TPMOCS also takes meaningful action to address poverty in indigenous communities. Through Tribe by Tribe, they're working to expand employment opportunities and resources to Native American households in need.
Urban Native Era (UNE) is building a platform to not only spread awareness about indigenous issues, but also to show that indigenous peoples are not a monolith—they’re a diverse and complex people with unique values, traditions and experiences. UNE uses its clothing to inspire change through film, photography and design. Their “You Are On Native Land” shirt is one of their boldest and most popular designs yet. Snatch one up before they sell out!
Did you know Powwows.com runs its very own online merchandise store, Pow Wow Nation Shop? Check it out to find everything original designs on everything from shirts, sweaters, totes, stickers, tumblers, and so much more.
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