The son of a carpenter and a postal worker, Nate Kreiter was born and raised in Billings, Montana. From a young age, Nate sought a creative outlet – but all he had around him were semi-legal blank walls, which were set to be demolished, and some spray paint. Nate set to work on them. Once the creative fire was lit, Nate couldn’t stop. He realized he needed to express himself in every aspect of his life especially how he dressed. Some of his choices drew ire from others, but that didn’t stop Nate from taking chances...
Creativity took a backseat to studies during his college years, and in 2007 Nate graduated with a major in Business Administration and Marketing. On a random Thursday night a few months after graduation, Nate decided Montana had run its course. He contacted a friend, called mom and dad, packed up his car and moved to Los Angeles, where he slept on a couch for six months.
After a few years of wandering and trying to discover his calling to no avail, it became increasingly clear that Nate was lost. In a rut, with no clear path or place in the world, the only thing he knew was that going back to Montana wasn’t an option. Determined to dig deep and persevere, Nate discovered his creativity again. Embracing the idea that art and fashion should have a place in his life, Nate began stencilling and spray painting graphics once more. First, it was on cardboard, then t-shirts and then sweatshirts. A few friends were dubious but mixed in were supportive high-fives. Nate kept at it, like the idea of art mixed with fashion. Tired of being turned down by every screen printing person he knew, he decided to screen print the clothing himself. Nate called his carpenter father and sent him schematics for a 4-color screen press. His father promptly made it out of wood; they drove it down from Montana and Nate taught himself how to screen print.
Nate started his clothing line in 2012 and named it N8 as a homage to how his father used to spell his name. N8 was a casual apparel brand for the first four years. After the passing of his father, he was inspired to stop dragging his feet and take the leap from casual apparel to high fashion and cut and sew. A year and a half of drawings, research and trial and error later, on April 1st, 2017, N8: Drop 1 - Bold was released.
Nobody knows what the future holds, but Nate will do all he can to continue to bring art, inspiration, chances and love to fashion.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Nate. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I have no formal fashion training, but when you find your passion and something you have a natural gift and drive for, you go for it and work as hard as you can to get it. Also, the first line is very personal to me with all the pieces named after my brothers and father. And my father's last words to him are present on every piece I make. “You are loved beyond mere words.”
Nate, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Fashion Label?
Passion is just pushing the boundaries of wearable fashion and finding fabric combos and cuts that are unique and beautiful. I just want to make art that people can wear and appreciate. I started as a screen printing on blanks company and then went into the cut and sewed after 4 or so years of that.
Who is your inspiration in life Nate? How do you keep inspired?
My father and art are my inspirations. My father because he was the hardest working man I have ever known and I think the world needs art now probably more than ever. With all the darkness and divisiveness we face, we need beauty to inspire us to move forward.
We all make mistakes Nate; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Fashion Label, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Honestly, I gave someone too much trust right away. I was naive, and this person ripped me off thousands of dollars. Still in the process of trying to get it back. Since then, everything is done the right way with no exceptions.
Nate , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Fashion Label, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
At this point, I’m a pretty boutique label, so I honestly give all my clients the same treatment no matter how big or small. They all get personal care and attention, and if they are unhappy with the time it takes to do business with me, we can part ways amicably.
Please tell us, Nate, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Fashion Label?
Time to launch the latest line was coming up quickly, and there was an oversight on the production side. So we had fix a fair amount of pieces by hand to get them ready for the launch party and the photo shoots while the bulk was at the factory getting fixed. It was stressful, but all worked out in the end.
Nate, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Quite honestly I haven’t had much trouble with having to persuade anyone too hard yet. They see the passion in my eyes and the way I speak about the pieces I make, and they tend to understand.
Nate, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Fashion Label. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
The proudest moment honestly was seeing my fathers handwriting embroidered on the first pieces I got back from the factory. It was incredibly beautiful, and I may or may not have shed a few tears.
Nate, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I’m creative every day. Fortunately, I have the freedom to do whatever I want and build things the way I think they should be built. It’s free creation, and there is honestly nothing more exciting in the world than that.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Fashion Label?
Don’t listen to what anyone else says. None of that matters. If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. That sounds incredibly cliche, but most people have ideas and ambitions, but they never see them through because it’s too difficult or they get talked out of it. Just commit and believe in yourself.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I’m looking for everything and anything inspiring. If you have ideas, thoughts, strange things you want to try, let make something happen!
Now for the best part Nate! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Adam Gregory