Panels Series

Fashion Business
November 26, 2020

Fashion Business

Collaborative Partnerships
Platforms like IFWTO and digital spaces like Instagram offer a degree of sovereignty for Indigenous creatives in fashion. As the mainstream fashion industry shifts to focus on greater diversity, how can the industry ensure these collaborations are respectful? How can Indigenous creatives take leadership positions and maintain agency as they build these relationships? Do Indigenous designers want to work with mainstream platforms and is authentic representation in mainstream fashion just a trend? This panel will share experiences and best practices in collaborations that may shape the future of the global fashion industry.


Christian Allaire is an Indigenous (Ojibwe) writer from Nipissing First Nation. He is currently based in New York City, where he is a Fashion & Style Writer at Vogue.
Patti Derbyshire is the co-founder of Otahpiaaki and an Associate Professor in Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Social Innovation at Mount Royal University (On leave – 2019/2020).


Riley Kucheran is an Assistant Professor of Design Leadership at Ryerson University’s School of Fashion and is also Associate Director of the Saagajiwe Centre for Indigenous Research and Creation