The N7 Holiday 2014 Collection begins to drop on November 8th.
Nike Celebrates Seven Years of N7 with Holiday 2014 Collection
N7 is Nike’s long-time commitment and mission to inspire and enable two million Native American and Aboriginal youth in North America to participate in sport and physical activity. The N7 philosophy embraces the Native philosophy — In every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations. To celebrate seven years of N7, the Nike Holiday 2014 N7 collection features graphics inspired by Northwest Coastal Art across a range of running, basketball, sportswear and training styles.
Nike collaborated with Peter Boome, a Northwest Coastal Salish artist, to develop and authenticate the graphics presented in the Holiday 2014 N7 collection.
“The art of the Northwest region has historically existed as symbols carved onto artistic and utilitarian objects — virtually almost anything. N7’s interest in Northwest Coastal graphics is a natural progression of the art itself. If you’re going to design everything, why not design the clothes that you wear?” said Peter Boome. “I love the abstract qualities of Nike’s take on traditional designs — bringing movement to the wings and other traditional elements. Apparel is meant to move, so the integration of movement in the design is intuitive.”
“Northwest art stands on its own, but the reach of N7 is broader than I ever realized in terms of its impact on Native youth as they define who they are and what path they will take,” Boome said.
Traditional design elements from Northwest Coastal art are used throughout the HO14 N7 Collection. The Raven, known as the bringer of light as well as a powerful storyteller and teacher; and the Frog, known for its knowledge and adaptability to live both in water and on land, are featured. All of the designs are grounded in black and red to reflect traditional Northwest Coastal art. Gold and silver accents are used to signify the seventh anniversary of N7.