Nord­strom reps to strut Man­i­to­bah Muk­luks at Ottawa fest

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - WINNIPEG - LUCY SC­HO­LEY/METRO IN OTTAWA

Nord­strom may be a U. S. store, but its rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be don­ning Man­i­toba- made abo­rig­i­nal footwear at the open­ing of Ottawa fes­ti­val Win­ter­lude on Fri­day.

Man­i­to­bah Muk­luks, a Win­nipeg- based abo­rig­i­nalowned muk­luk man­u­fac­turer, will be warm­ing the feet of about 40 Nord­strom “am­bas­sadors” at the Rideau Canal dur­ing the open­ing fes­tiv­i­ties.

“They could have picked any brand, whether it was Sorel or UGGs,” said Man­i­to­bah Muk­luks direc­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tara Barnes. “In­stead they de­cided to pick muk­luks.”

Man­i­to­bah Muk­luks cre­ates footwear that’s a mix of tra­di­tional Metis moc­casins with mod­ern Vi­bram soles.

John Bai­ley, a spokesman for Nord­strom, said the store learned about the line dur­ing its Cal­gary open­ing. It now car­ries the brand in six of its stores.

The in­ter­na­tional store will open in Ottawa’s Rideau Cen­tre on March 6.

Win­ter­lude runs in Ottawa un­til Feb. 16.

COUR­TESY SNAP­PER ME­DIA

Ac­tor and model Megan Fox seen wear­ing a pair of Man­i­to­bah Muk­luks.

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