Canadian Fashion Connection – Kabir Kouba moccasins

In 1937, Albert-Michel Sioui opened a handicraft store from his family home on the Huron-Wyandot (Wendat) first nation reserve of Wendake, Quebec (about 20 kilometers north of Quebec City.) He called his shop Kabir Kouba, which means a river with a thousand curves.

 

The moccasins he sold, made from cowhide, sheepskin, sealskin, or moose hide, were popular with visitors who bought them as slippers. The following year he founded his family run company as the St. Charles Falls Manufacturing to produce a line of moccasins under the trademark name Kabir Kouba. His son Marcel Sioui eventually took over the family business which remains in business today.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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2 Responses to Canadian Fashion Connection – Kabir Kouba moccasins

  1. KWJ says:

    Curious if there is a way to buy Kabir Kouba products today? The internet presence is minuscule. I still own a pair of Kabir Kouba moccasins Marcel Sioui gave me when I was a kid, but my favorite pair is long gone as I wore them out many years ago. He was an exceptional individual who helped my family out immensely many years ago. Today life is great, I have my own daughter, and I feel an urge to keep his spirit present.

    • Jonathan says:

      Wow – talk about a loyal customer! I suspect he probably only sells to the trade now, so you would have to find who carries the Kabir Kouba line in their shop. However, you could try contacting the reserve. Sorry I can’t help any more than that – I had problems finding contemporary information about the company too.
      Jonathan

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