Helen Oro, Designer/Owner of Helen Oro Designs (HOD) is from the Pelican Lake First Nation band. She is recognized as an International designer and entrepreneur making waves in the fashion industry.
Helen first got her taste of entrepreneurship in 2012 when she opened her first business Helen's Nail Artistry & Esthetics. This soon led to her grabbing the attention of Native Max magazine where she contributed many creative mani/makeup looks, interviews and allowed her to build her network. Soon after Helen started her accessory business, Helen Oro Designs.
She promoted her statement beadwork through various fashion weeks across USA, Canada and overseas. Being the first First Nations from Canada to showcase in many countries such as Australia, New Zealand and various events like NBA All Star Weekend Fashion Showcase in Los Angeles.
While travelling to these prestige events, Helen entered her first business competition and won first place, allowing her to expand into clothing apparel and start her website.
In 2016, ELLE Canada named her top 4 Sask Designers to look out for. In 2017, FLARE added her to one of their biggest articles #HowIMadeIt 100 cool women with cool jobs. In 2018, Helen was added to the "Woman of the Year" gallery by Chatelaine Magazine for her work in Indigenous fashion.
Helen wants to do more than make beautiful pieces and wearable art. She is building a brand that gives back and helps to empower others. She does this by mentoring others. Helen has helped create "once in a lifetime" opportunities for many young Indigenous models. She has helped build portfolios, teaching model safety, confidence building photoshoots, runway workshops, and travel opportunities to runway shows across Turtle Island and around the globe.
We are honoured to work with Helen on this project. Check out the Gratitude Collection to see some of the amazing pieces that we worked on together.