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From Quarantine to Paris Fashion Week


At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people found themselves quarantined at home. While some may have used this as an opportunity to catch up on sleep, others combatted boredom by learning a new skill. Jessie Pruden used this time to learn how to bead and spent 12 hours a day practicing.

Jessie Pruden is now the owner of Bead n’ Butter, a small business based out of Winnipeg Manitoba. She identifies as a queer, disabled, Métis woman, and channels those communities through her contemporary designs. Her hobby has flourished into a full-time job, and she beads every day with her brother Noël. Together they create beautiful beaded earrings, and they are named after people who are special to Jessie.

Bead n’ Butter is now headed to Paris Fashion Week, taking place from February 28th to March 8th. This incredible opportunity arose while Jessie was creating a collection for the New-York based fashion retail space Flying Solo. After one of Flying Solo’s designers dropped out of Fashion Week, Bead n’ Butter was offered their spot. On Instagram, Jessie shared “This community has helped me live my dreams every. Single. Day. And this opportunity would not be here if not for all the love and support you all have given me. So thank you.”

Looking to support Jessie and her small business? You can purchase raffle tickets at beadnbutter.ca to help send her and her brother to Paris! There are seven great prize packages that you can win. To see a breakdown of the prize packages, check out @bead_n_butter on Instagram. You can also tune in on February 11th to see the winners drawn on Instagram live!


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