Sebastian Thies, NAT-2 (Germany)
Sebastian Thies, 6th generation footwear professional since 1856, is the Founder x Designer of high-end sneaker brand nat-2™. Sustainability is key since more than 160 years in the family tradition.
Sebastian is also a Creative Director at various other Projects and has worked with companies such as MCM, Wu-Tang, Sony, Paramount, Activision, Ritter Sport, Atelier PMP, Hasbro, Gabor, HBC, nowadays, Studio100 Sebastian has served clients and international retailers and his designs have been showcased and included to design collections in international re-known exhibitions and museums.
nat-2™ is a highly progressive brand challenging the big players in the business by being a step ahead and truly high fashion, while still being leisure`n down to earth. The roots of the brand lie in the early 90ies graffiti, street- and boardsport culture, admiring the innovative power of the techy, cool 80ies. nat-2 is about passion and style and therefore the brand is not stuck with cliches, following its own path and ideas. Sebastian has already won several international awards such as the Red Dot Design Award, German Brand Award, Innovation x Design Award, IspoBrandnew Award, was nominated twice for Germany’s Designpreis and appointed as Kultur- x Kreativpilot by the Federal Republic of Germany.
Born in Munich, he has lived in the US, part time in Paris and all over Germany and Austria. His roots lie in the early early street art movement, 80ies snowboarding, design and high fashion.
The London Designmuseum has quoted nat-2™ as “one of the 50 shoes that changed the world” in its books.