Who We Are
Anne Mulaire’s clothing lines honour Canada’s French, Indigenous, and Métis character. Anne was raised to embrace her Anishinaabe/French Métis héritage, respect all people, and honour the planet we share- teachings that have guided her as a businesswoman, a designer, and most importantly as an individual. We produce quality, small batch, zero-waste clothing through our circular and just-in-time manufacturing model in Winnipeg, MB. Sizes offering from 6X to XXS.
Our Core Purpose
Anne Mulaire is an Indigenous fashion brand which exists to inspire and find regenerative solutions for people and the planet.
Our Core Values
We are resourceful and resilient: courage to change the world.
Pioneering requires courage. We will face obstacles and suspicions along our way but courage and optimism, most of all, will help us grow. We are brave in the face of the unknown and never hesitate to try something new. We welcome the change with an open mind, we are resourceful, resilient and we are not afraid to change direction.
We love our planet.
Our planet has its limits, and the only option we have as humankind is to become truly sustainable. Nature is the source of inspiration for our waste management philosophy, circular initiative, and the reason for Anne Mulaire’s being. We care deeply about the environment and have chosen to never compromise that.
We have a passion for innovation.
We create tomorrow’s solution today. We test, we learn, and we evolve—both personally and professionally. We believe that by finding small improvements every single day, we will eventually accumulate into groundbreaking innovations. Also, when facing little failures here and there, we own them, we learn from them, and we grow from them.
We respect to be respected.
Respect promotes cooperation and makes it easier for us to achieve our common goals. Respect is also about showing humility and being sensitive. To show respect is to be open and honest and to behave with integrity. We are lucky to work with talented and value driven people, united by the will to change an entire industry.
We will always make it right or receive a money back guarantee.
Meet the Founder & CEO
ANDRÉANNE MULAIRE DANDENEAU (aka Anne)
Where It All Began
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.
In 2009, Anne changed operating names to Voilà par Andréanne to emphasize her French héritage. At this time, her designs evolved into more structured clothing that was still comfortable, but not strictly casual wear.
Today she operates as you know her, Anne Mulaire—a name she is proud to bear, and a label you’ll be proud to wear.
Awards and Highlights
Costume stylist for Lisa Meeches, host of APTN’s Taken.
Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau received an entrepreneurship award from the Saint-Boniface Francophone Chamber of Commerce, recognizing her achievements in sustainable design and environment.
National Laurier PME Award
VOILÀ Designs received the National Laurier PME Award recognizing its transition from a small to a medium-sized enterprise.
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.
Fosse aux Lions
VOILÀ Designs was awarded the Grand Prize of Fosse aux Lions (Lion’s Den in Winnipeg).
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.
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.
Costume designer for NAfro Dance Company in Winnipeg. (2004-2015)
Inspired by Héritage
Andréanne (Anne) Mulaire Dandeneau was born in St. Boniface, Winnipeg, Manitoba—homeland of the Red River Métis Nation to parents David and Huguette (Mulaire) Dandeneau. Her mother comes from the Red River Valley and her father comes from Penetanguishene, Treaty 61.
One of Anne’s most prominent and most influential ancestors 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, Catherine was also an accomplished seamstress whose embroidery continues to inspire the designs of Anne Mulaire, today.
Anne was raised to embrace her Anishinaabe/French Métis héritage, respect all people, and honour the planet we share—teachings that have guided her as a businesswoman, a designer, and most importantly as an individual. Her mother, Huguette, taught her the importance of honouring and respecting mother earth and to never ever forget where she came from. Her father, David, influences Anne through his art and brings his talents to the label by creating Métis prints for the company’s Heritage Collection.
Today, Huguette and David still work tirelessly and selflessly alongside Anne—motivating and inspiring her creations.