Calgary Style: How to Stand Out in Outerwear

Designer Stephanie Eagletail celebrates her Indigenous heritage with her luxurious custom blanket coats.

Coat, custom-made by Eagletail for 2023 NYFW; earrings, top and jeans, Dynamite; hat, Smithbilt, with custom quillwork by Nadine Deegan; choker and necklace, made by Merlin James; shoes, Aldo; belt, made by Gilbert Crowchild; braided ring, gifted by musician Micki Free; crown ring, Michael Hill. Photo by Jared Sych.

Come winter, you’ll mostly find Stephanie Eagletail, a Dene/Cree woman and fashion designer from Tsuut’ina Nation, staying warm in UGG boots, a parka, long johns underneath jeans and seal-skin mitts she bought while teaching sewing lessons in Yellowknife. But, when the founder of Stephanie Eagletail Designs wants to make more of an impact with her winter attire, she wears one of her custom-made blanket coats.

Eagletail uses Pendleton blankets, angora fur and other fibres to create coats honouring her heritage. They’re authentic and unique, not to mention fashion-forward pieces that were showcased on the runways at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) in September 2022 and 2023.

“I love wearing my coats because the snow brings the colours to life,” Eagletail says. “Any time I wear one of my pieces, I feel bougie and luxurious.”

Photo by Jared Sych.
Photo by Jared Sych.

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This article appears in the January 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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