Fort Riel Blazer- Embroidered Catherine Vine


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Designer's Notes: A show stopping jacket. This beautiful limited edition jacket dresses up any outfit. Similar to our Jean Louis Blazer and Fort Carolina Blazer,  the Riel Blazer features a lovely embroidery of the Catherine's Vine print.

The Métis were famous for their floral beadwork and embroidery, and were often called the ‘Flower Beadwork People’. The symmetric floral beadwork, often set against a black or dark blue background, was inspired by European floral designs. The Métis silk embroidery was introduced to them by the Ursuline Nuns (from Europe) who taught the Métis girls the art of embroidery at Mission Schools. 


  • Catherine's Vine embroidered lapels
  • Elongated length
  • Center back to bottom hem measures 32 inches
  • Shawl collar
  • 2 Front pockets
  • Bamboo fabric sleeve cuffs

Size & Fit

  • Fit: Relaxed - (Long, straight fit; side measures approximately 24 inches on the body - size small)
  • Structured fit
  • Model featured is 5’9", wearing size S 

Materials & Care

  • Fabric 65% Rayon/ 30% Nylon/ 5% Spandex
  • Special Garment Care: Turn garment inside out.  Hand wash in cold water. Lay flat to dry.

Story of Catherine’s Vine

The Grey Nuns first introduced silk embroidery to the Red River Métis in 1844. Métis women used silk embroidery to decorate their clothing. They established a mission school in Ile-à-La Crosse where Catherine was born. Andréanne’s métis ancestor Catherine, embroidered in the « Lake Winnipeg Small flower style ». This style was generally made up of tiny sinuous flowers, long leaves and tendrils. The flowers were often rosettes, layered in shades of reds and pinks. From samples of Catherine’s embroidery, still owned by her family, Andréanne was inspired to create the design she calls Catherine’s Vine.