Dreams to Fruition
It is a bittersweet moment as CEO and Founder of Eighth Generation, Louie Gong retires. What began as a vision drawing on VANS in his living room has become the most successful Native brand in the country. As Inspired Natives collaborators, Heart Berry has been so blessed to be along on this journey. We are so grateful to the vision and mentorship Gong has provided so many. Take a tour and meet the New CEO!
Most "Native" Art is Fake or Stolen. Indigenous Artists Are Fighting Back "A new generation of Indigenous Artists is decolonizing the status quo" New NBCLX Feature of Eighth Generation and Heart Berry's work to Fight Back “The pattern of these companies that exploit Indigenous communities is to partner with people who don’t have a voice,” Gong said. “Native artists are trying to reclaim the story and create something for future generations.” "Heart Berry, which sells blankets, earrings, T-shirts and more has doubled year over year, making it one of the fastest-growing lifestyle brands in Minnesota. She says running her business is familiar territory as a Native American." Interested in supporting Native American art? O'Loughlin advised skipping auction houses altogether and...
Through Eighth Generation and the Chief Seattle Club community members will receive support and warmth as they transition into permanent housing. Heart Berry's blankets now grace the beds of our relatives on their way to a better life.
Watch the full story from Seattle.gov about this powerful collaboration and the ongoing efforts by tribal businesses, organizations, and artists to live our values through our work.
“All we can do in this life is take the seed and grow it,” Sarah says, trailblazing ahead. “I’m not done learning yet.”
Eighth Generation shares about Howes' journey as an Inspired Natives Collaborator