PUMA ILLUSTRATES THE POWER OF BLACK EXCELLENCE THROUGH THE LAUNCH OF ‘WE ARE LEGENDS
We Are Legends is PUMA’s new storytelling and product developing platform celebrating Black excellence and cultural impact. The collection seeks to honor the Black creatives trailblazing influence on cultural progression around the globe and strives to empower and amplify the voices of our Black community—our legends.
Championed and led by an internal Collective of Black designers, the name, “We Are Legends”, reminds us to celebrate the now in Black culture and not just the rich history of past.
The We Are Legends mission is to both increase representation within the design industry and drive real change within the very communities we are celebrating. The collective established a 3-pillar model to ensure this initiative is making a tangible impact over time through donation, awareness, and community. Through We Are Legends, PUMA aims to be the brand that fights for representation in the design industry and the world.
“The name, We Are Legends, comes from the idea of celebrating the now in Black culture. Often when we celebrate Black culture, we look to the past. However, our collective wanted to help change this narrative by empowering people to speak up in their most authentic voices now, to create their own legacy that will be legendary. We Are Legends shines the light on both the legacy of this design collective and the legends within their own communities." - Ariel Weeks, Chair of the PUMA B-Bold ERG and Footwear Merchandising Manager.
“I am extremely proud to introduce the world to We Are Legends, a collective of black designers who are a prime example of when employees step up to drive and be the change that they want to see. This first collection within the We Are Legends platform, The Yard, is a homage to the spirit of the beloved HBCU experience and a celebration of Black excellence.” The goal of We Are Legends is to not only tell stories that are authentic and highlight the beautiful aspects of black culture, but through this platform PUMA will aim to lead the charge in activating the next generation of black creatives through building early awareness and providing accessibility to roles in this industry via strategic partnerships, mentorship, and education.”- Michelle Marshall, Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (PUMA North America)
The collection is available on PUMA.com and select retailers worldwide with a retail price range of $40 to $120.