Have you seen those beaded Vans???

Have you seen those beaded Vans???

Posted By Corinne Oestreich September 26th, 2018 Blog

Charlene Holy Bear's beaded Vans shoes have done more than “catch the eye.”

They've caught the Today Show and Vogue Magazine!

Check out the amazing video they put together of Holy Bear's incredible work below.

Photo from Today.com

Because of her beadwork, she has been featured on Vogue and Today.com.

From Vogue interview:

“Everyone gets all dressed up in their traditional regalia,” says Holy Bear, a member of the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Tribe who is known for her intricate beadwork. “I hadn’t had any time to prepare outfits for us but I wanted my 4-year-old son Justus to look really cool. He had a new pair of slip-on Vans and I suddenly had an idea, looking at the checkerboard design.” Over the course of the three-day road trip to the festival, Holy Bear started hand-beading the kicks and the finished product—a classic skate shoe tricked out with vibrantly intricate traditional Lakota beadwork—now has a waiting list full of street style–obsessed collectors clamoring for a customized pair.”

See examples of her beadwork:

Photo from https://c-holybear.squarespace.com/

Photo from https://c-holybear.squarespace.com/


Meet the Native American fashion designer giving Vans a new look

This Native American fashion designer is blending her heritage with skate culture through her hand-beaded Vans. https://on.today.com/2OEHxHl

Posted by Today Show on Thursday, September 20, 2018

Shop for her beadwork on her store.

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About Corinne Oestreich

Corinne Oestreich (Mohawk/Lakota) has been a writer with powwows.com since 2014. She lives in the state of CA, and enjoys attending and photographing many of the Northern CA powwows and events. She owns her own photography business and is also a Fellow with Changemaker Initiative in partnership with Ashoka.

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