Eddie Mendoza is a 2S Michif from the Treaty No. 1 Territory and the Red River Settlement in the heart of the Metis Nation Homeland. Ryan Mendoza is a queer person of color who immigrated to Canada at a young age and settled in Mississauga ON, now living in Manitoba. Together married for ten years they have merged their talents and passions into creating an urban fashion accessory line. Offering a modern twist on traditional fashionable wearables, they take pride in creating a genderless line while maintaining all of their conceptual elegance.
Sitting on the Board of directors for Rainbow Resource Centre (Manitoba’s 2SLGBTQ+ Resource Centre) for seven years has given Eddie an in-depth look directly into the diversity and needs of the 2SLGBTQ+ communities. It has also been the driving force behind many inclusive campaigns and specific opportunities to give back and support their communities inclusively.
They have created a strong, visible and authentic platform that highlights who they are. It has given them the opportunity to successfully develop a collective of safe places for 2SLGBTQ+ folks to shop for their wedding. The Love is Love Collectives is a not for profit collective that works with businesses and corporations on becoming more inclusive and to promote a safe environment for the 2SLGBTQ+ community to be their authentic selves. The collective is a national collective that continues to highlight and assisted community members’ right across Canada through a vetting process to direct the community to only the safest places.
Eddie and Ryan have been able to create fashion pieces and deliver on a national and international scale. They have partnered and created custom work for the Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Manitoba Legislature, International Modelling Agencies in addition to nationally recognized Indigenous Elders and international red carpet looks. Their work can be found featured in a variety of media outlets such as Global Television, The Winnipeg Free Press and Out TV.
They have collaborated with numerous local and national fashion designers, stylist and artist. Most recently collaborating with Olivier Salvas Artiste (Olivier Salvas), a conceptual / abstract artist from Vancouver, BC with the ARTFASHION project. A project that encourages your individuality while becoming a living art installation with their ready to wear fashion. ARTFASHION had a couture piece curated in March 2022 by the Winnipeg Art Gallery as part of the Art in Bloom Festival. This project highlights Eddie and Ryan’s ability to manipulate birch wood shavings into flowers using numerous mediums, textures and colors, while adhering to the concept of someone’s journey to self-acceptance.
Wooden Accessories and ARTFASHION Collaborative Collection. Both lines include wooden bow ties, cufflinks, earrings, pendants, l hair and lapel pins. Original and print art, pendants, lapel, hand painted jackets, hand sewn scarves, porcupine quill bracelets, necklaces and lapel pins.