In my mind there are two major brands in Oregon: Nike and Pendleton. So it makes a lot of sense to see the brands crossover, however difficult the execution of the project might actually might be. Thankfully Nike designer Derek Roberts found a number of interesting ways for the brands to intersect, creating a collection that’s a fusion of Native American patterns and next level technology.
When sketching out the initial artwork for the blanket, Nike N7 Collection Designer Derek Roberts looked to traditional Native American dress for inspiration, specifically how patterns work together to create a garment. He started at the bottom of the blanket, with a smaller pattern of arrows that repeats and grows in scale towards the center and is a mirror-image pattern from top to bottom.
Roberts also took visual inspiration from Nike Flyknit, with the PWM Nike N7 Blanket’s woven wool fabric mixing to create unique color tones and shapes. Adding a unique twist to the traditional Pendleton Woolen Mills blanket designs, which often feature a multitude of colors, he made the decision to use only black and white. The result is a distinctive, contrast-driven look that subtly blends black and white to create rich gray tones that appear both heathered and color-blocked throughout the design.
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