Here at Ask Miss A we are always on the prowl for the most fashion-forward designers and brands. One trendy line that I was recently introduced to is Avelaka and it is the only apparel company that melds classic shapes with Native Inspirations. Looking to indigenous landscapes, authentic themes and motifs, Avelaka shares the beauty of Native cultures encouraging women to embrace the spirited moments in life.
Laura Miranda is the designer as well as a member of the Pechanga Tribe and a tribal lawyer. All of the clothes are made and manufactured in the United States. Curious about the name? Avelaka means “white butterfly” in Luiseno, the language of Laura’s tribe in Southern California. Avelaka explores the heritage of all indigenous peoples and the complexity of our shared cultures. Each season, Laura takes patterns from native culture and incorporates with classic shapes for every day women to wear.
For fall 2012, Avelaka looked to the Native Peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, reflecting on their striking designs. This collection drew inspiration from the weavings of the Chilkat people and the artwork of the Tlingit and Haida.
For Spring 2013, Avelaka looks to Indian Country’s fearless songbird, Buffy St. Marie. Through her strong and sweet folk songs, she expressed her Native heritage before it was fashionable to do so. By telling her personal story as a First Nations Cree woman, and staking claim to indigenous tradition, her voice sought to reclaim native symbols while sharing their meaning with all who listened. This collection imagines a classic but modern woman being lost in the sounds and words of Buffy St. Marie.
Laura offers her prints in various forms: dresses, tops, peplum, A line skirts and pencil skirts. Avelaka is sold in stores such as Anthropologie and boutiques throughout the country.