Love ’em or hate ’em, you probably have an opinion about Canadian luxury clothing manufacturer Canada Goose. The company’s now given folks something new on which to weigh in: One-of-a-kind traditional parkas created by Inuit designers and commissioned by Canada Goose. Project Atigi -- currently on display in a number of Canada Goose stores in New York City, Paris and others -- features the work of 14 seamstresses from nine communities spread across four of Canada’s 10 provinces -- Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
"I'm feeling pretty honored to take part in this, especially because it's something that's going to be put out to different parts of the world," Kristy King, a seamstress from Arviat, Nunavut, told CBC News.
“Atigi” is the word for “parka” in Inuktitut, one of the primary Inuit languages spoken in Canada, and this project could be a positive step toward the long-overdue acknowledgment of indigenous contributions to the travel and outdoors spheres. For example, “anorak” -- both the word and the jacket design itself -- comes from native Greenlanders, but you won’t usually hear it attributed as such.