20th Aug2021

We Are Nations launch first N2 collaboration TODAY!

by Phil Wheat

We Are Nations, the international esports and gaming apparel company, have this week announced the launch of N2, is a new We Are Nations vehicle for housing and marketing apparel collections designed and produced by We Are Nations in collaboration with top global designers, artists and creatives, with an affinity to the gaming multiverse.

The new N2 collaboration concept has been in the development pipeline for the past two years as the in-house team at We Are Nations has worked to create associations and synergies with a number of exciting, ground-breaking artists and creative talents from around the globe. They have explored both established and up and coming artists across a wide spectrum of creative media, all with a resonance with gaming and the wider gaming community.

A true creative polymath, with a very distinctive visual signature, Amano’s colourful career spans visual art, character design, illustration, scenic design for theatre and film costume design. Amano first came to prominence in the late 1960’s working on the anime adaptation of Speed Racer. He later became the creator of iconic and influential characters such as Gatchaman, Tekkaman: The Space Knight, Hutch the Honeybee, and Casshan. He is most known in the gaming space for his conceptual illustration work for characters, monster design and iconography in the iconic video game series of Final Fantasy, as well as other titles like Mistwalker and Fairy Fencer. His original paintings featuring his retro-pop icons and primarily created by applying acrylic and automotive paint on aluminum box panels, are exhibited in galleries around the world. He is a 5-time winner of the Seiun Award and also won the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for his collaboration with Neil Gaiman, Sandman, The Dream Hunters.

Amano’s new N2 Limited Edition ‘devaloka’ Collection is focused on premium streetwear, with an emphasis on casual comfort, relaxed fit and classic profiles. It includes long sleeve T-shirts; fleece-lined hoodies; French terry crew neck sweatshirt and a hooded reversible jacket (a first for We Are Nations). For budding writers, artists and creatives, there’s also a hardcover pocket sketchbook with contrast elastic strap closure. Base colors are black, white and sand and Amano’s highly colorful and arresting designs feature in bold, screen-printed front, back and sleeve panels. The reversible jacket is white one side and black the other and features oversize monochrome Amano character outlines on the front and rear and distinctive DEVA LOKA lettering on the collar.

All the garments in the new range are made from the highest quality materials and feature intricate design details such as woven inside and sleeve clip labels and custom packaging: T-shirts are in 180gsm 100% cotton; sweatshirt is in 300gsm 100% French terry cotton; hoodies are 100% fleece lined cotton, and the reversible jacket is lightweight and stretchable with a scuba neck and waterproof zippers. Amano’s signature appears in unison with N2 branding on each of the garments in the collection.

The initial N2 launch collaboration is with renowned Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano and the Amano Limited Edition ‘devaloka’ Collection will be dropping TODAY, August 20th 2021, via NTWRK in the US, www.futaroku.gg in Japan and www.projectn2.com globally.

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