If you’ve been to Nordstrom lately, there’s a chance you may have come across boots designed by artist Elias Jade NotAfraid, which hit shelves last year.
It was done in collaboration with Manitobah, a Native-owned shoe company, who had asked him to design five pairs of shoes, ranging from boots to slippers.
The boots, which are called Reflections Genuine Shearling Water Resistant Bootie, can be found on the store’s website.
In an article about the boots, NotAfraid said growing up he never would have seen Native artists or designers’ work appear in stores like Nordstrom, and is glad they’re finally getting recognized for their work.
Not only has he designed shoes, he’s also made beaded earrings, ledger paintings, bracelets, bags and other accessories. He practices traditional styles of beadwork to keep Native American traditions alive.
Also, his cradleboard “Life after Death,” which won him first place for beadwork at the Heard Museum’s art market, was purchased by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art for its permanent collection.
Currently, he’s one of four designers working on the Origins NFL Collection, which is a grassroots merchandise collaboration program aimed at highlighting design talent in NFL event host cities. Since the next Super Bowl is going to be in Glendale, Arizona, the NFL wants to celebrate the fabric of the city as well as the mix of people, landscapes and cultures.
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