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