AUGUST 16, 2022
A clothing and fashion accessories manufacturing company, Mikuniss Collection, is taking off in Mashteuiatsh. Owner and designer Valéry Larouche chose to set up her production workshop in the premises of Robertson Fourrures, on rue Ouiatchouan.
The new company specializes in ready-to-wear. Its founder wants to stand out by promoting her artistic and cultural inspirations while combining the ingenuity of past artisanal practices with today's innovation.
“I moved into my new premises last June and I am in the development phase of my workshop. I am already working on making clothes for the development of my first collection, which will be presented during an outdoor fashion show next fall, on September 24 more precisely”.
The parade will take place on Place Uashassihtsh, in Mashteuiatsh (site of cultural transmission).
Meanwhile, the businesswoman who completed her training in fashion design at Cégep Marie-Victorin in Montreal, is asking the population to support her in her project. She launched a crowdfunding campaign, supported by La Ruche and RECYC-Québec. The $10,000 goal is to fund the startup of Mikuniss Collection.
Art in the region
She also had to invest in the purchase of equipment, including a dozen industrial sewing machines.
The businesswoman, also a graduate in accounting and management, hopes that with this mobilization of the community and the support of the population, she will be able to promote design and art in the region, by developing a local, sustainable and creative more accessible.
"I want to highlight Aboriginal women's entrepreneurship and Aboriginal culture through current fashion," says the woman from Sainte-Monique who wanted more than ever to return to her region after her studies.
Moreover, a nice surprise awaited Valéry Larouche at the last First Nations Regional Economic Circle held in Roberval. The Cégep de Saint-Félicien, in partnership with Écofaune Boréale, took advantage of this event to award him a grant of $25,000 to start his business, which represents almost half of the total cost of his project.