LESLEY HAMPTON is set to launch THE HAMPTON X WABANO JACKET in collaboration with SCOTT WABANO. This collaboration brings together two creatives with the same vision: to decolonize fashion on Turtle Island, through storytelling, education, and awareness. Anishinaabe Mohawk multi-disciplinary artist, designer, and creative director LESLEY HAMPTON grew up with the nomadic identity of a Third Culture Kid, experiencing her adolescence in international communities and cultures. Since returning to Canada, she uses fashion design as a catalyst to reclaim and define her indigenous identity. 2Spirit Cree SCOTT WABANO grew up spending his adolescence amongst the isolated indigenous communities along the coast of James Bay, with little exposure to the fashion industry and progessive views. Scott recently made the difficult decision to leave his community to pursue his goals within fashion and create safe spaces for 2Spirit/Indigi-Queer Youth in urban settings.
The HAMPTON X WABANO JACKETis inspired by healing. Combining traditional Indigenous teachings with the modern luxury fashion of today, represents the struggle many Indigenous youth face of adapting to the modern and technologically advanced, Western world, while continuing to hold onto their identity, culture and teachings of their Traditional world, that colonialism has attempted to erase.The HAMPTON X WABANO JACKET not only fuses traditional Indigenous teachings with contemporary fashion,it also pays homage and draws awareness to Indigenous culture, history, teachings and adversities.
The HAMPTON X WABANO JACKET use of cones is inspired by the Jingle Dress, a traditional garment designed by the Indigenous Peoples’ of Turtle Island. The cones were used by Hampton and Wabano and incorporated them into a modern day Motto Bomber.The Jingle Dress was originally created during the Spanish Flu pandemic in the early 1900’s to provide the healing the people of Turtle Island needed. Today, during the current global pandemic, Hampton and Wabano invite society to learn, embrace and obtain a deeper understanding of sacred Indigenous healing practices, through their collaboration.
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