Fashion becomes so much more than just clothing, shoes and accessories when there is an actual story behind the pieces you buy. Known for their quality and impeccable taste, Holt Renfrew has been stocking the shelves of their H Project Shop since May with artfully made goods from all over the world. The H Project collections are meant to educate and inspire frenzied shoppers about creating sustainable business ventures with entrepreneurs in developing countries and beyond. Each item in the H Project shop is unique and is part of the exclusive collaboration with Holts.
Their freshest brand partnership for the H Project Shop has a special Canadian connection, linking the high-end boutique department to the Canadian, Aboriginal-owned Manitobah Mukluks Company. Based out of Winnipeg, the company was founded in 1997 by Mtis entrepreneur Sean McCormick as a way to continue the art of centuries old Aboriginal artisanal designs.
Boots with a story
The collaboration with Holts is a collection of artist-made mukluks (ranging in price from $60-$1,500). Specifically, the beautiful Storyboots ($800) are exquisitely designed and incredibly warm. They’re perfect for Canadian winters. Aboriginal artist Annie McKay created the original Storyboots and Manitobah Mukluks has carried on her artistic tradition since she passed away. Paired with a pair of skinny jeans and a cozy woolen sweater, these boots will be your go-to for dressing up your everyday winter garb. Transition them to summer with an ethereal sundress and hit up the Calgary Folk Festival.
The best part of this new collaboration – besides the gorgeous boots – is the 50/50 profit sharing agreement with the artisans that create these boots. Committed to making a positive social and community impact, Manitobah is also committed to making ancient Aboriginal arts sustainable for years to come through retail opportunities like the H Project.
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