What We Value
We nurture collective displacement, helping people find their place in the world.
Rituals are found. Not lost.
Enabling people to get creative in the way they want to live.
PLANETARY HEALTH & WELLBEING
We prioritize habits and practices that encourage living in harmony with nature.
Meet the Founder & CEO
ANDRÉANNE MULAIRE DANDENEAU (aka Anne)
Where It All Began
It all started in her parents' basement. At the age of 14, Anne danced in different contemporary groups unable to find comfortable dancewear, so she began to design her own. For 10 years, she designed costumes for Nafro Dance Productions which awoke her awareness of movement and cultural sensitivity. These guiding principles paired with her emphasis on comfort and style continue to inspire her collections today.
After graduating from LaSalle College School of Fashion Design in Montréal, one of Canada’s top design programs, Anne registered as a sole proprietorship under the name MJAnne Couture, in honour of her twin sister, Marie-Josée, who was, and continues to be, instrumental in fueling her creativity. Out of her parent’s basement, she launched her first collection of comfort clothing called Hug Me.
In 2009, Anne changed operating names to Voilà par Andréanne to emphasize her French héritage. At this time, her designs evolved into more structured clothing that was still comfortable, but not strictly casual wear. Today she operates as you know her, Anne Mulaire—a name she is proud to bear, and a label you’ll be proud to wear.
Inspired by Héritage
Andréanne (Anne) Mulaire Dandeneau was born in St. Boniface, Winnipeg, Manitoba—homeland of the Red River Métis Nation to parents David and Huguette (Mulaire) Dandeneau. Her mother comes from the Red River Valley and her father comes from Penetanguishene, Treaty 61.
One of Anne’s most prominent and most influential ancestors is Catherine Mulaire, who was born in 1843 in Ile de La-cross. She was the first rural Anishinaabe/Métis teacher in the Red River Settlement, Catherine was also an accomplished seamstress whose embroidery continues to inspire the designs of Anne Mulaire, today.
Anne was raised to embrace her Anishinaabe/French Métis héritage, respect all people, and honour the planet we share—teachings that have guided her as a businesswoman, a designer, and most importantly as an individual. Her mother, Huguette, taught her the importance of honouring and respecting mother earth and to never ever forget where she came from. Her father, David, influences Anne through his art and brings his talents to the label by creating Métis prints for the company’s Heritage Collection.
Today, Huguette and David still work tirelessly and selflessly alongside Anne—motivating and inspiring her creations.
Awards and Highlights
Costume stylist for Lisa Meeches, host of APTN’s Taken.
Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau received an entrepreneurship award from the Saint-Boniface Francophone Chamber of Commerce, recognizing her achievements in sustainable design and environment.
National Laurier PME Award
VOILÀ Designs received the National Laurier PME Award recognizing its transition from a small to a medium-sized enterprise.
Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award
Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau was awarded the Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award from the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba.
Fosse aux Lions
VOILÀ Designs was awarded the Grand Prize of Fosse aux Lions (Lion’s Den in Winnipeg).
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights commissioned Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau to design a unique shawl for their boutique. Performer Ginette Reno wore it while singing the national anthem at the Museum’s opening ceremonies.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet commissioned Andréanne Mulaire Dandeneau to design an Alexander McQueen-inspired haute couture gown to promote their 2012–2013 season.
Costume designer for NAfro Dance Company in Winnipeg. (2004-2015)