From the deep history and culture of the Wendat people, Bastien Industries is bringing the traditional moccasins mainstream. Bastien Industries Owner and a 2023 Aritzia Fashion Grant Recipient, Jason Picard-Binet, shares his entrepreneurial journey and his passion for uplifting tradition to take up space in the fashion industry.
On September 15, Pow Wow Pitch, North America’s premier pitch competition for Indigenous entrepreneurs, presented in partnership with RBC, Shopify, and Mastercard, announced three winners of the Fashion Semi-Final category, presented in partnership with Aritzia:
Fashion Apparel Winner: Jodie Moonie, the Timiskaming First Nation Founder of Muusa from Notre Dame Du Nord, Quebec.
Fashion Design Winner: Dante Biss-Grayson, the Osage Founder of Sky-Eagle Collection from Taos, New Mexico (USA).
Fashion Shoes & Accessories Winner: Jason Picard-Binet, the Huron Wendat President of Bastien Industries from Wendake, Quebec.
Each entrepreneur has won $1,000 and is advancing to the Finals for a chance to win $25,000 to grow their businesses.