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by The Brand is Female
Matriarch Movement

Lesley Hampton: decolonizing fashion


Lesley Hampton is an Anishinaabe and Mohawk womenswear designer and artist based in Toronto whose fashion label is focuses on body positivity and Indigenous representation. Lesley’s brand offers collections that range from eveningwear to athleisure—Lizzo was recently seen working out in one of her two-piece sets. Lesley also believes in the importance of partnering with other Indigenous designers; a recent collab with Scott Wabano saw her create a jacket inspired by traditional jingle dresses. In this conversation, Lesley speaks to host Shayla Oulette Stonechild about the challenges she faces in the fashion industry; raising awareness for mental health; and the subtle nuances that make cultural appropriation different than appreciation.

This episode of Matriarch Movement is brought to you by Louve Design, a women-owned and women-led socially responsible fashion retailer and manufacturer, specializing in sustainable women’s clothing, with all pieces made and designed in Canada. Shop at louvedesign.com and use code SHAYLASHIPPING for free shipping at checkout!


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Episode 13

Season 1

by The Brand is Female