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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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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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”



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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Unlocking The Truth x Cole Haan


Cole Haan has raised the love bar by featuring Brooklyn’s 7th grade metal band Unlocking The Truth in their Holiday ’13 ad campaign, entitled “Talented & Gifted”. The group has been praised for their shows all over New York, and the retail giant has produced some beautiful images of these baby geniuses, as well as some other rising stars like Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright, Danai Gurira. Such stunning and positive holiday cheer!

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Last Minute Gift Guide

Just days before Christmas, here are 5 categories of 10 last minute gift ideas from locals, friends, and faithfuls…

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the-collectioneuse.bag_.leopard.haircalf1. K.Kiechel Leopard Haircalf Collectioneuse Bag – Long before Daily Candy listed her Camera Bag in their gift list, we have been following new items in our friend’s collection..this one makes a  wild gifting statement.

Nomad-bag-black12. Thulare Monerang Nomad Bag – Our Cape Town to Harlem designer friend Thulare will be officially launching her South African inspired handbag collection in 2013. Here’s a preview of what’s  in store now.

BOOK IT10053231163. Grace: A Memoir Iconic model turned Creative Director of US Vogue magazine reveals everything from her private life and pitfalls to her relationship with some of fashions most famous, ala Ana Wintour.71779_14.  M.I.A.Bet you didn’t know that one of your favorite musicians was also a visual artist? In this book, the Grammy-winning, Sri Lankan/British artist shares words, interviews, and an array of artwork.


91841_A2_Glasses_Teardrop_Rainbow_Acrylic_Set_of_45. MoMA Rainbow Tumblers – Per usual, this museum shop has the coolest housewares including these trippy acrylic glasses that can add color to any beverage.

Tracy Reese NM + Target Set of Four Dessert Plates6. Tracy Reese Neiman MarcusxTarget Dessert Plates –  The ‘Plenty’ designer was part of the group who partnered with high-low retailers for special holiday gift items, and these dessert plates are signature chic!

ACCESS-AROUND spring_necklace_1024x10247. SAINTCHIC Gallery Necklace – Our designer friend, Gingie McLeod has a new accessory offering from her edgy SAINTCHIC collection. This statement peice can be paired with any look.993953_orig8. Escape Artist Taureg Bracelets – Our very own ethically sourced, handwoven Taureg bracelets are created with a weaving technique from the Sahara, and  imported from South Africa. *limited supply





9. Chocolate Shop Red Wine – This rich chocolate flavored red was first introduced to us at a tasting by our favorite Brooklyn wine shop, Bed-Vyne Wine.SQ1-basil-bottle10. Square One Basil Vodka – Infused with 4 different organic basil’s, this flavored vodka can stand alone or be mixed with light chasers. Sold in our local neighborhood shop, 56 Degrees Boutique Liquor shop.

‘Tis the season!

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Love Comes In Every Shade

Nas and his father, musician Olu Dara featured in the Gap Holiday 2012 Campaign, “Love Comes in Every Shade”.

Check out their holiday campaigns from the past.

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EA Press: “Working Your Style” segment

This holiday season Escape Artist bracelets were featured in the “Working Your Style” segment, hosted by fashion, beauty & lifestyle expert Daisy Lewellyn for Black Enterprise. Lewellyn shows us how to put together last-minute unique gift baskets including wine selections from Bed-Vyne Wine, and  chic homeware finds on a budget.

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Holiday Trunk Show & Preview

shop, mingle & spread holiday cheer while previewing the latest  jewelry collections featuring…

Handmade earrings by: Nicole James + Imported bracelets from: Escape Artist

Sunday, December 18th


65 Clifton Place, Unit 2A (between Grand & Classon), BKNY

RSVP: escapeartistconsulting@gmail.com

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Only Gold For Me

Thanks to my West Coast fashion tippers, this holiday season I was introduced to a new fave in the beauty world! Nail polish guru OPI has teamed up with mega retailer Sephora to create the exclusive “Only Gold For Me” Topcoat polish. Unlike other bedazzled polishes, one of the great things about this one is that it has large chunks of gold specs instead of tiny little glitter that can end up making the entire nail look gold. Sephora calls it “jewelry for your nails”, and as a fan of gold I can vouch for the accent that it brings to spark up your regular season color choices. The best part is that me and my West Coast team of insiders tried it with every color you can imagine, and I’m happy to report that it looks stunning over hues of red, merlot, grey, black, and even neutrals!  (it’s worth the extra effort needed to get the gold chunks off with remover:)

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