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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…

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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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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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Golden Globes 2014: Lupita Nyong’o (fullstop)

Golden Globes 2014

Lupita Nyong’o is all that mattered at tonight’s Golden Globes. Ralph Lauren has never been luckier.

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January, 2014 · 11:03 pm

Ri Ri x Balmain Sp/Su ’14

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January, 2014 · 6:59 pm

Best of 2011: NAILS

The best manicure of 2011 is the “Manicure Le Smoking” by Yves Saint Laurent. An elegant reinterpretation of the classic french manicure becomes slicker and more bad ass with a black on black, matte & shiny polish combination. Granted, virtually every other major nail lacquer brand has created their own version of the polish duo, but not even leading beauty powerhouses like OPI and Essie can hold a candle to the luxury appeal and branding that comes with a French runway legend remixing a French manicure legend. C’est la vie!

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Best of 2011: SCENT

The best scent of 2011 is Feuille de Figuier (fig leaf in english) by our favorite french sportswear brand APC. It’s a spicy fragrant fig that was intended to be for the home, but some people (who will remain nameless) have been known to spritz it on the body from time to time. It comes in a 50ml eau d’interieur as well as a candle, and is also the perfect holiday scent. ‘Tis the season!

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Black Friday

It is noteworthy when one unassumingly pops into their favorite Soho magazine shop, only to be surrounded by faces of color on fashion covers! In an effort to #occupy future covers (while simultaneously dismantling industry excuses that faces of color don’t sell mags), here is a roll call/shopping list of just a few issues for you to  pick up.  Consider your purchase an evolved version of  “Black Friday”…ID Magazine cover, Winter 2011 Issue #314 featuring Jourdan Dunn (model)ID Magazine cover, Winter 2011 Issue #314 featuring Joan Smalls (model)W Magazine cover, November 2011 issue featuring Niki Minaj (rapper)Cosmopolitan Magazine cover, November 2011 Issue featuring Niki MinajHarper’s Bazaar cover, November 2011 featuring Beyonce (singer)Esquire Magazine cover, November 2011 featuring Rihanna (singer-who also won Esquire’s “2011 Sexiest Woman Alive”)Vogue Magazine (UK) cover, November 2011 featuring RihannaRed Magazine cover, December 2011 Issue featuring Lorraine Pascale (chef)Tar Magazine cover, Issue #6

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