IFWTO Starts Today and You Can Shop These Incredible Indigenous Designers

The biennial showcase of Indigenous fashion has gone digital for 2020, and you can now shop the curated marketplace of emerging and acclaimed designers online

Created by Indigenous activist and artist Sage Paul in 2016, Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a biennial showcase and celebration of Indigenous designers and artisans from around the country. This year’s four-day event—which was originally planned for the spring before being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic—has gone completely virtual with the launch of a new website that will house its previously IRL marketplace as well as panel discussions with fashion industry experts and runway presentations and that were filmed back in August.

While it’s certainly disappointing that the lockdown has meant we won’t be able to see the presentations live this year, the silver lining of IFWTO’s new digital iteration means that a wider audience can now view—and shop!—creations by artists and brands like Lesley Hampton, Mad Aunty, Catherine Blackburn, Running Fox Beads and many more.

Here, we’ve rounded up a handful of our favourite items on sale at this year’s marketplace, on from November 26 to 29. What better way to #shoplocal this holiday season than to support an Indigenous designer?