By Kelly Holmes
DECEMBER / JANUARY 2017/2018 ISSUE.
Take a break from the norm and invest in these soft, versatile and weather-resistant moccasins and mukluks. LL Designs moccasins are 100% handmade to order with patience and love and are probably the comfiest boots you’ll ever wear. Each moccasin is lined with a pillowy insole and supple deerskin for added comfort (which means they’re best worn barefoot!).
By Sara Isely
Meet LLoree Dickens (aka: LL) of LL Designs – Owner and Artist of one of the very few 100% Native made, handmade moccasin brands in the country. She is Arikara / Hidatsa and White Earth Chippewa from the Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota. Read about her tribe at www.MHANation.com. One visit to her website and you immediately feel the difference. You can tell you’re seeing authenticity, quality and culture in every pair of carefully crafted moccasin. She decided to start her brand after realizing that there are rarely Native made moccasin brands, and yet so many companies mass produce “Native-inspired” footwear and fashion all whilst making a huge profit off of the Native culture. She was on a mission to do something that aligned with her passion, and from that, LL Designs was born. I had the honor of a heartfelt conversation with LLoree and came away inspired on so many levels.
By Tiffany Thomas
ALBUQUERQUE – LL Designs is a U.S Company based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lloree is an Arikara, Hidatsa & White Earth Chippewa artist and has been making hand crafted beaded moccasins for the last 15 years!
LLoree is originally from Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation located in the plains region of North Dakota. The hand crafter herself held a career in counseling, obtaining degrees in psychology and social psychology but knew her heart and passion was always within Arts and creating; therefore LL Designs was born!
Blending beautiful, intricate beads with a colorful variety of premium deerskin leathers; each and every pair are inspired by Lloree’s love of cultural art and creativity! LL Designs caters to women, men and of course children!
Her online store showcases a number of styles for everyone in your family, she even does custom orders!
Moccasins for Tiny Toes in C & I Magazine. www.cowboysindians.com
LL Designs keeps Native culture alive, one tiny moccasin step at a time.
“There has been art in my blood since childhood,” says Lloree Dickens. Raised on the North Dakota Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, she is a proud member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation). Now based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dickens is determined to keep her culture alive through LL Designs, her new online store featuring a variety of handmade moccasin masterpieces. “I want to promote Native-inspired design that is Native American-made,” she says.
All of her Plains-style moccasins are designed by Dickens herself. Each pair is handcrafted from deerskin leather and colorful seed beads — size 11 Charlotte Cut. Though the beading itself is important, the aesthetics are not the ultimate aim for Dickens’ art.
“They are not just something that’s supposed to be pretty,” she says. “They are a way of creating something special and sharing who I am as a person.” Each pair is hand-sewn using a lazy stitch, a Sioux Indian-invented style of beading, and features colors that reflect the Medicine Wheel, a color palette central to spiritual concepts within Native American culture.