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Guiding principles

Production is viewed as a sense of community!

​We are proud to say our beadwork printed collections are made in Canada. 

Community and Sustainable Practices
 

In 2021 we are moving to in-house production of some of our pieces as we work towards further enhancing our commitment to community and sustainability; this means:

Made to order collection

  • Made to order garments are less harmful on the environment as no excess garments are produced

The Brand

SS River Designs

SS River is named after the South Saskatchewan River, an important place to my communities’ connection to land.

SS River Designs strives to build a fashion brand that is ethical, sustainable and community minded. The brand has strong ties to community, and works to think in holistic ways, knowing that all people are connected and therefore create spaces for social entrepreneurship.

 

SS River Designs creates clothing using innovative printing technology to celebrate and share beadwork designs. connecting people to heritage, with modern silhouettes,

The upcoming SS River Designs collection will view garment construction as method of inquiry, reflecting on ethical, slow, reciprocal methods of production.

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The Designer

I am a Saskatchewan Designer,  beadwork artisan and fashion entrepreneur from St. Louis, Saskatchewan, Canada. My designs are rooted in my family's french  and Métis heritage, with a strong connection to the land. 

I live with my husband and daughters  in the village of St.Louis, along the South Saskatchewan River. We started the River Road Festival in 2015,  a culture and art gathering held annually in September in the community. www.riverroadfestival.com

I am also a member of the River Women’s Collective, a grassroots group of women in the community creating space for women to gather, visit, sew, create and be active in women’s initiatives.

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The models

Hannah 

Hannah is a Métis model from the Northern community of Green Lake, Saskatchewan. Hannah signed with NUMA model management in 2016. Since then she has modelled in many photo shoots and runway events for various artists, designers, and brands. Such as, the Red Rising Runway, Best of the Prairies, Harmony Photography, USASK, Once Upon a Bride Saskatchewan, and many more. She has previously been invited to attend 2019 UK Vogue Fashion Renaissance, and RISE 2019 New York Fashion Week as a model. She competed in Maxim Magazine Covergirl Canada in 2019 and was nominated for Indigenous Model of the Year in 2020. Hannah is currently studying Pre-Law at the University of Saskatchewan, and aspires to receive her Juris Doctoral of Law to later open her own law firm specializing in Indigenous law and criminal law.

Hannah first modeled for me in 2019 at the Back to Batoche fashion show.  We met at that show and the photos of Hannah were so amazing! She is a gracious spirit and I am so blessed that she is part of my journey in fashion.

 

Courtney Dawn Anaquod

 

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The history

Back to Batoche Fashion Show 2019

Certainly a highlight of the SS River Designs journey was to be a part of the first fashion show to be held on the Batoche on the Metis homeland at the Back to Batoche Days Festival in July 2019.