Beyond Buckskin launched in 2009 by Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) as a website dedicated to showcasing and promoting our continent's first artists and original designers. In 2012, the original blog website expanded to include an online boutique as well. The origin story of this boutique is rooted in positive activism and a desire to share our cultures with the world through fashion design.
Based out of North Dakota, Beyond Buckskin is dedicated to advancing creative small businesses located throughout rural and urban communities by providing an online store where customers can connect with Native American fashion designers and jewelry artists.
We currently work with over 40 individual artists and small businesses to get their incredible and unique work out to a broader audience. Our designers all advance traditional Indigenous artistic practices by bringing ancient designs, natural materials, and cultural stories to modern fashion. Diversity, beauty, utility and tradition come together in the garments and accessories we share with the world - from our hands to yours.
Meet our crew:
Dillan Martin (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) joined us in 2016 and does all of our product photography and lookbook video projects. A film enthusiast, he's also working on a special short thriller film based in the Turtle Mountains and featuring Beyond Buckskin gear. Dillan is only 16 and is so talented!
Tyra Jerome (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) was one of our first employees. She is 18 and a talented young beadwork artist. As a natural leader, she helps out tremendously around the store with day-to-day tasks as well as the numerous steps we need to take towards our bigger goals!
Seth Laducer (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is our newest employee. Seth joined us in 2017 at the age of 18 helping out around the shop as well as modeling some of our gear! Seth also won Mr. Turtle Mountain in 2017 and we are excited to have him join our team.