March 11th, 2019 Last Updated on: January 19th, 2022
Sapling and Flint is a Clothing and Jewelry company owned by Two Mohawk twin sisters Dakota and Jesse Brant!
“Dakota and Jesse Brant, twin sisters and co-founders of jewelry manufacturer Sapling & Flint, say thanks to the contest winnings, their business will now be the first jewelry wholesale manufacturer that is completely Indigenous owned and operated on a reserve.”
Statement to Powwows.com from Dakota Brant:
“I felt confident about our business pitch, because I really do believe in the power of entrepreneurship bringing opportunity & self-determination to our people; it was just a matter of relaying that message to Paypal and getting them on board. When we became a finalist in the contest, Paypal arranged a 30 minute phone call with us and asked us how this money would impact our business, we were clear that this money was not just impacting a business, it is impacting the Indigenous community at-large. We told them in our pitch that it was not a contest to us, but a partnership and with their support we would be increasing employment, working toward the end of cultural appropriation by the fashion industry, and giving Indigenous artisans a platform to be introduced as real players in the world of design. We don't take our role as Indigenous entrepreneurs lightly; when we can bring economic opportunities to our business, we are bringing them to our community as well. Sapling & Flint continues to be a proud on-Territory business, that is working to increase partnerships with Indigenous designers, expand our studio to increase employment in our community as well as expanding our already hard working online retail service. “
For more information on Sapling and Flint, as well as their win with PayPal please click the links below and Congratulations to this fantastic Indigenous Women-owned company!
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