Angela DeMontigny is an award winning, internationally renowned, fashion designer of Cree/Métis heritage. DeMontigny grew up in North Vancouver and White Rock, B.C. although her family roots are in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota. After winning a 6 month design internship through a national aboriginal fashion design competition created by the CCAB in ‘91, she moved to Toronto. Three years later she moved to Six Nations of the Grand River to start her design business and apparel factory in the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas of the New Credit.
DeMontigny started the company Young Native Fashion Inc. in 2013 after 18 years of a successful and diverse career that took her all over the world, ranging from designing and producing multiple fashion lines, fashion show production, wardrobing and styling for national awards shows, music videos, documentaries and photo shoots to opening a retail showroom in Ancaster, ON.
As the President, Founder and Creative Director of Young Native Fashion Inc. Angela was responsible for the design, production, sourcing, marketing and sales of multiple fashion and lifestyle product lines. She also designed and opened a beautiful, flagship boutique/gallery on trendy James St. North in downtown Hamilton in 2014. Her international clientele came from all over for her custom-fit, luxury fashion collections, accessories, jewelry and natural, hand poured soy candle collection called LODGE. Angela also promoted, collaborated with and sold the work of other contemporary Indigenous artists and creators from across Turtle Island.
DeMontigny’s designs have graced runways around the world, she has always been and continues to be an advocate for Indigenous designers and artisans, is a mentor, public speaker and workshop facilitator to burgeoning, Indigenous women and youth entrepreneurs throughout Canada and the Caribbean. Angela is now focusing on building her online, Indigenous Wellness business, LODGE soy candles which is regularly adding new scents and products that utilize ancestral Indigenous plant knowledge and healing. An accomplished artist, she is also embarking on a new, public art project she has designed for the City of Hamilton’s waterfront. A fitness and health enthusiast and lover of dance, Angela also taught Zumba for 8 years and is a proud mother to a son and daughter.
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