Nike Releases "Uprising" A Haitian Revolution Inspired Limited Edition Sneaker

Available online only November 1st through 10th, the sneaker was designed by Haitian Entrepreneur & Philanthropist Ruth Jean-Marie, Founder of Philanthropy, The August Project


  • We Are Cultivator x Nike held a competition to attract creatives nation-wide calling it the “Give Thanks Drop”

  • Brooklyn-based Haitian-American, Ruth Jean-Marie was hand selected to design a sneaker for Nike

  • The sneaker, titled Uprising, is reminiscent of the Haitian flag 

  • Uprising are limited edition and only available from November 1st to November 10th 2019

New York, NY - October 28th, 2019 — Brooklyn-based Haitian-American, Ruth Jean-Marie was hand selected out of a competitive pool to design a sneaker for Nike through the We Are Cultivator x Nike by You initiative.

Through her design Jean-Marie highlighted an important period in World History: the Haitian Revolution.

Using the uniforms of Haitian revolutionaries and centering the success of enslaved rebels as her baseline, Jean-Marie’s aptly named sneaker “Uprising”  is reminiscent of change and the need for it. Her goal is to remind us of the power of thought.

Uprising is light-weight and supportive with a colorway inspired by the uniforms worn by the revolutionaries. Colored red, blue, black, gold and green, the Uprising is a reminder of the accomplished feat. 

Ruth Jean-Marie Photo Credit: Lamar Cato

Uprising are limited edition online exclusives only available for ten days, November 1st, 2019 through November 10th, 2019. Of the revolution, Jean-Marie states, “Revolution requires belief in thought. It is the imagination of what's possible that matters more than the movement.” A portion of the profits will be donated to Jean-Marie’s organization, The August Project, whose aim is to alleviate poverty in Leogane, Haiti by igniting imagination. 

Toussaint Louverture, Leader of the Haitian Revolution

Toussaint Louverture, Leader of the Haitian Revolution

Official photos of the Uprising can be downloaded from here on November 1st.

The sneaker retails for $140, and will be available at the link below on November 1st.

About The August Project:

The August Project was established in August of 2017. Named after the month the revolution began and nodding toward the definition of august as honorable. The August Project’s aim is to alleviate poverty by igniting imagination in Leogane, Haiti. One of their major successes and ongoing projects is gathering the narratives of Haitians worldwide. Currently, they’re setting up a literacy program that leverages volunteer power to create change.

Follow @theaugustprjct and @lesocialnomad on social media for more information. 

About Nike By You x We Are Cultivator:

Nike By You x Cultivator is a platform where creative people can tell their story in a bold new way - sneakers. Cultivator has partnered with Nike to invite guest designers to create sneakers that speak to what is most important to them. 

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