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Last Minute Holiday Gifts 2014

Timely gifts that can still be on time for the holidays. The quick guide to giving with a conscience…

(click on images for links to purchase)

ARTICULATE

10024356lgChris Ofili Tea Towel (Woman) $45

You’ve heard everyone buzzing about legendary artist Chris Ofili’s “Night And Day” exhibit at The New Museum, but have you heard that they have taken his Afromuses watercolor pieces and turned them into unique Tea Towels?

HABERDASHERY

f9c0918a3af3c6c044eb2c2d4b64a12aThe Garvey Bow Tie $65

Our curator turned haberdasher friend, Shantrelle P. Lewis (aka Shantology), launched William + James just in time to get the men in your life stylish neck-wear. The Dandy Lion Project curator says; “Named after two of the 20th century’s most brilliant intellectuals, W.E.B. Du Bois and James Baldwin, William + James is a non-traditional online haberdashery focusing on custom, handmade bow ties that are produced in my hometown, New Orleans, Louisiana.”

FRESH FACED01-claire-sulmer-shalea-walker-skincare-clear-skin-super-moisturzing-serum-travel-kit-cleanser-moisturizer-maskWalker’s Apothecary Facial To Go Travel Set $65

Having worked with an array of celebrities and luminaries from the entertainment world, our Make-Up Artist/Esthetician/Beauty Expert friend, Shalea Walker is a trusted source of skincare survival and her product line includes coveted natural goodies that are fragrance and paraban free and perfect for all skin types. The travel sets are an excellent way to stay fresh on the go, while trying out multiple products offered in her range at once.

SOLE TO SOLE

3ea78f8783bdd8271d4f41e9964c8a45Puma x Solange Disc Collection Sneaker $180

Following a wildly successful first run, the second installment of PUMA x Solange unleashes more of the performer’s eclectic style. Beyonce’s cool little sister/Fashion Maven tapped her favorite designer friends, Gerlan Jeans, Hisham Bharoocha, and William Okpo to design the heritage suede shoe. This is a perfect way to support opportunities for artists and small designers to bring limited unconventional product to the mainstream.

COLLECTORS ITEM

rocket88_vintage-black-glamour-book-003Vintage Black Glamour $47

Author Nichelle Gainer has gathered a stunning array of images and content of world-renowned Black stars such as Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge and Diana Ross, telling their stories within this highly anticipated book. Named one of Oprah.com’s top ten books to buy & keep in 2014, this publication has already gone into print for a second addition.

NAILED IT

Nail_Kit_375cTh Organic Pharmacy Organic Glam Manicure Set $56.70

What’s more festive than a set of freshly-painted nails? The non-toxic manicure kit created by our new favorite beauty haven Ayla x The Organic Pharmacy includes their ridge filling and protective Base Coat, fast drying and chip proof Top Coat, and your choice of French Manicure Pink or Classic Red. The fast drying, high gloss formulas provide a professional look with no toxic compromises — all nail products are free from DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde.

PRODUCT PLACEMENT

http://www.accompanyus.com/Prinkshop x Accompany “GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS” Sweatshirt $88

With all that’s going on in the world, everyone is looking to wear these issues on their chest – literally.  Accompany teamed with Prinkshop – which uses “creative capitalism” to advocate social issues and translates them on to products that allow customers to wear what they care about – to spread awareness of sex trafficking in the United States. The sweatshirts are made in the USA, silkscreened in a not-for-profit in the East Village which hires at-risk teens and trains them as past of Prinkshop’s core mission. Accompany+Prinkshop will give a combined donation of $15 per sweatshirt to 3Generations, a 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to helping survivors tell their stories to the world.

*Other popular causes such as the “I Can’t Breathe” tees advocating an end to police brutality can be found online through a host of independent vendors on Etsy, etc.

MESSIAH MUSIC

angeloD’Angelo, Black Messiah $9.99

For a timely stocking stuffer, give the gift of music and share D’Angelo’s newly released Black Messiah album. After a 15 year hiatus, the legendary musician unexpectedly dropped this 12 song jewel that has already been praised by music heads all over, and was described by his label in a recent NYT interview; “With frenetic instrumentation and lyrics alluding to race and violence,…it’s really caught the zeitgeist of what’s going on.”  D’Angelo’s studio engineer and mixer, said he put the finishing touches on the album only about three weeks ago. “It’s pretty much right out of the oven — it’s still hot.”

POLITICAL HARING

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Keith Haring: The Political Line Mug $14

San Francisco’s de Young Museum recently opened it’s Keith Haring exhibit; The Political Line – featuring more than 130 works of art including large scale paintings, sculptures, and a number of the artist’s subway drawings, among other works. The critically acclaimed exhibition creates a narrative that explores the artist’s responses to nuclear disarmament, racial inequality, the excesses of capitalism, environmental degradation, and others issues of deep personal concern to the artist. This mug features details from Haring’s Brazil pattern as well as the artist’s signature.

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Solange Knowles x Toyin Odutola for NOWNESS

Visual artist Toyin Odutola and musician Solange Knowles speak about their processes and collaboration for NOWNESS.

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Final Weekend: #funkgodjazzmedicine

blacknurseStaff of Simone Leigh’s Free People’s Medical Clinic posing outside.

If you have not had the opportunity to visit Weeksville Heritage Center to see Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, this coming weekend is your last chance! escape artist is proud to have designed the costumes for Simone Leigh’s “Free People’s Medical Clinic” (FPMC), one of four installations sponsored by Creative Time.

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Since September 20th, community, art lovers, families, cultural anthropologists, press, etc. have participated in touring the walking exhibition that ranges from Leigh’s clinic to Otabenga Jones & Associate’s radio station broadcasting from the back of a classic pink Cadillac. This project was curated by Rashida Bumbray and recently featured on the cover of the New York Times Arts section, where writer Holland Cotter reflects on his experience while visiting. In the article Cotter takes note of the design aesthetic that we cultivated for the style of dress for Leigh’s vision of her clinic:

For the project, Ms. Leigh has turned it into a walk-in health center, modeled on those opened by the Black Panthers in the 1960s, but with a 19th-century overlay: Its staff is dressed in a style of uniforms worn by a society of black nurses called the United Order of Tents, which was founded in the mid-19th century, did valiant work during the Civil War, and still has headquarters in the neighborhood.

Leigh’s dedication to paying homage to these nurses throughout the process of envisioning her clinic was so evident from our first meeting about wardrobe. It’s nice to see recognition of her passion for authenticating this beauty, while provoking thought around this history. Every weekend Leigh’s clinic has hosted an array of free services and classes focused on health and wellness. During this final weekend, FPMC has a schedule of classes and events ranging from “Earth, Wind & Fire” yoga classes to HIV Screenings. To register, click here and make a point to stop by to take in the entire project before it is gone!

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#funkgodjazzmedicine Opens September 20th!

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funkgodjazz&medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn

Opening Party: September 20th 2-6pm

Weeksville Heritage Center: 158 Buffalo Avenue & Bergen Street. Brooklyn, NY

September 20 – October 12, 2014. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12-6pm

escape artist had the pleasure of collaborating and designing costumes for artist Simone Leigh’s “Free Peoples Medical Clinic” (FPMC), which is one of four projects in Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center‘s Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn. This is a walkable month-long art exhibition of community-based art commissions curated by Rashida Bumbray, and also including artists Xenobia Bailey, Otabenga Jones & Associates, and Bradford Young. Black Radical Brooklyn launches from the site of Weeksville, a Brooklyn community established by free and formerly enslaved Black citizens 11 years after abolition in New York State. Simone Leigh‘s project focuses on engaging the critical intersections of public health, racial consciousness, and women’s work as it asks viewers to consider the often-overlooked players – most especially the unknown Black women nurses, osteopaths, gynecologists, and midwives – who have overserved an underserved population for centuries.

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Untitled (Structures) – Chicago Artist Reception

In celebration of the ongoing brilliance of this project that we worked on with Artist, Leslie Hewitt & Cinematographer, Bradford Young, Chicago boutique, Sir & Madame will host a reception for Untitled (Structures).

The project is currently on display in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art until August 31st.

Click here for details: http://www.untitled-structures.info/

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June, 2014 · 5:58 pm

Picasso Baby

Today I popped into the filming of a docu-music video for Jay-Z’s new song “Picasso Baby” from his ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ album. My invite came from Salon 94 (via Leslie Hewitt), and described the concept as:

“The audience will be a cross-section of the New York art and cultural world. Some will have an opportunity for a one on one experience with Jay, and vice-versa, while he repeatedly raps the same song (Picasso Baby) over the course of 6 hours. The performance is an experimental and collaborative one, where rap’s own history with endurance and duration will be at play.”

IMG_5098IMG_5087IMG_5115I was intrigued so I attended at the half-way mark and have to admit that the energy level from the audience (filled with art folks from Sanford Biggers and Jerry Saltz to music/film folk like Wale and Taraji P Henson), was electric.

Mr. Carter may not be a lot of things, but you can’t deny his performance skills and his ability to engage the most unlikely people. A highlight while I was there (he repeated Picasso Baby about 4 times), was when the dance whiz Storyboard P arrived at the same time as Fab Five Freddy and did some magical improv moves.

IMG_5091creaturesofthewindAnother highlight was meeting my Chicago hometown heroes/CFDA star designer duo Chris and Shane from Creatures of the Wind.

Just your typical Wednesday in NYC I suppose.

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July, 2013 · 10:03 pm

Iris x Duro

could there be a better style and sayings mash-up? love these two.

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