Why Are We Here

Anne Mulaire exists to inspire and find regenerative solutions for people and the planet. As an Indigenous fashion brand, we are committed to creating a positive impact through our sustainable practices and innovative designs.

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Where it all started

It all started in her parents' basement. At the age of 14, Anne danced in different contemporary groups unable to find comfortable dancewear, so she began to design her own. For 10 years, she designed costumes for Nafro Dance Productions which awoke her awareness of movement and cultural sensitivity. These guiding principles paired with her emphasis on comfort and style continue to inspire her collections today.

After graduating from LaSalle College School of Fashion Design in Montréal, one of Canada’s top design programs, Anne registered as a sole proprietorship under the name MJAnne Couture, in honour of her twin sister, Marie-Josée, who was, and continues to be, instrumental in fueling her creativity. Out of her parent’s basement, she launched her first collection of comfort clothing called Hug Me.

Andréanne worked as a stylist for Lisa Meeches on APTN's Taken for four seasons. She was awarded for her entrepreneurship by the Saint-Boniface Francophone Chamber of Commerce and also received the Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. She designed a haute couture gown inspired by Alexander McQueen to promote the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's season. She has been featured multiple times on APTN National News as an Indigenous business owner and her business can be found on the Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto website.

  • 2024
    SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY AWARD
    Presented by the Red River Métis Business Excellence Awards.

  • 2022
    B-CORP CERTIFIED

  • 2015-2019
    COSTUME STYLIST
    Costume stylist for Lisa Meeches, host of APTN’s Taken.

  • 2016
    ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD
    Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau received an entrepreneurship award from the Saint-Boniface Francophone Chamber of Commerce, recognizing her achievements in sustainable design and environment.

  • 2016
    NATIONAL LAURIER PME AWARD
    VOILÀ Designs received the National Laurier PME Award recognizing its transition from a small to a medium-sized enterprise.

  • 2016
    EXCELLENCE IN ABORIGINAL Leadership Award
    Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau was awarded the Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award from the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba.

  • 2015
    FOSSE AUX LIONS
    VOILÀ Designs was awarded the Grand Prize of Fosse aux Lions (Lion’s Den in Winnipeg).

  • 2014
    CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
    The Canadian Museum for Human Rights commissioned Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau to design a unique shawl for their boutique. Performer Ginette Reno wore it while singing the national anthem at the Museum’s opening ceremonies.

  • 2013
    ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET
    The Royal Winnipeg Ballet commissioned Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau to design an Alexander McQueen-inspired haute couture gown to promote their 2012–2013 season.

  • 2013
    COSTUME DESIGNER
    Costume designer for NAfro Dance Company in Winnipeg. (2004-2015)

Inspired by Her Roots

Andréanne (Anne) Mulaire Dandeneau was born in St. Boniface, Winnipeg, Manitoba — She is a Red River Métis Designer of Ojibwa/French ancestry, homeland of the Red River Métis Nation. Her mother comes from the Red River Valley, Treaty 1 and her father comes from Penetanguishene, Treaty 61.

Anne was brought up to embrace her Anishinaabe/French Métis heritage, respect all people, and honor the planet we share. These teachings have guided her as a businesswoman, a designer, and most importantly as an individual.

Her mother, Huguette, emphasized the importance of honoring and respecting mother earth and to never forget where she came from. Her father, David, influences Anne through his art and contributes his talents to the label by creating Métis prints for the company’s Heritage Collection.

Catherine Mulaire

One of Anne’s most prominent and most influential woman is Catherine Mulaire, who was born in 1843 in Ile de La-cross.

She was the first rural Anishinaabe/Métis teacher in the Red River Settlement. Her father participated with Louis Riel in the formation of the provisional government of Manitoba in 1970. Catherine was also an accomplished seamstress whose embroidery

Today, we proudly share the story of my great-great-great grandmother, Catherine Mulaire, and the Métis spirit behind ANNE MULAIRE. Her spirit continues to give us strength, resilience, and inspiration for the designs of Anne Mulaire today.

Our Core Values

Resourceful and Resilient

Pioneering requires courage. We embrace change with an open mind, showing resilience and resourcefulness in the face of challenges.

Love for Our Planet

Sustainability is our core. Inspired by nature, our waste management philosophy and circular initiatives ensure we never compromise on our environmental commitments.

Passion for Innovation

We create tomorrow’s solutions today. By continually testing, learning, and evolving, we drive groundbreaking innovations while learning from our failures.

Respect to Be Respected

Respect fosters cooperation and integrity. We value openness, honesty, and humility, working with talented, value-driven individuals united by the desire to transform the fashion industry.

ETHICAL MANUFACTURING

Our manufacture hold some of the highest standard in social and environmental responsibility with the certifications to back them up.

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