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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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#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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Call for Images

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Call for Images

Photography, Illustrations, Prints, Beautiful Imagery, etc. needed for a fashion book, published by a UK based boutique publisher.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The book (released in 2013) is in the process of being written by two NYC based fashion veterans, who between them have over 15 years experience working on projects from costuming films like Sex and The City II to designing for Isaac Mizrahi. The authors will be featuring a host of fashion industry professionals from all over the world and are seeking fresh images to compliment the text within this coffee table style fashion manual. This book will have global visibility and distribution and will be published in several languages including English, French, Italian, German and Japanese.

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

Please email: escapeartistconsulting@gmail.com with the following…

  1. Contact Information = name, phone number, email, city & state/country of residence.

  2. Images = submit jpegs (at least 300 dpi), pdf’s, and/or links to your website that represent your most applicable works.

  3. How did you hear about this call for images?

*Please submit by March 30th. Submissions will be reviewed ongoing thereafter.

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Wonderment

North Carolina based filmmaker, Kenneth Price documented a year in the life of Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder in “The Wonder Year”. I had the privilege of attending the press screening at the Red Bull Space in NYC on Tuesday night, and highly recommend this documentary. In 78 minutes, Price captures the brilliance and humility of the CEO, NAACP ambassador, Duke University professor, husband, father and son that the music world knows as 9th Wonder. When the PR manager for the film first told me about it, I have to admit that, although I have always been intrigued by Wonder as a producer (mostly for his former involvement with group Little Brother), I had no idea what to expect. I am now in awe of how he taught himself to play 7 instruments at a young age, his dedication and commitment to bringing young disenfranchised youth to college and to financial independence, his incredible musical knowledge and diverse historical reach related to the ethnomusicology of hip hop, and his genius in making a record that is unknown to him into a masterpiece in less than 10 minutes. Check out the trailer below, and if you’re in New York, check out the screening on July 28th.

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