Available exclusively on NTWRK, a content-driven shopping platform, comic book editor Sammy Harkham teams up with Brain Dead on a hoodie designed to accompany their collaborative 72-page comic book, a “message in a bottle” meant to “celebrate independent comics, bookstores and artists” in the aftermath of 2020. The comic features work by Geoff McFetridge, Julie Doucet, Charles Burns and others, and a portion of profits from the comic and hoodie will be donated to the Arts for Healing and Justice Network, a non-profit providing arts education to incarcerated youth in LA.
Jacques’ Movement compression shorts (available in black, navy or bone) comprise a shell and liner, providing plenty of coverage and support. The four-way stretch fabric proves flexible, and also boasts odor- and temperature-control technology, UV protection, as well as moisture-wicking. Plus, the sophisticated-yet-durable gridded nylon fabric retains its shape even when stretched.
Constructed in NYC from dead stock vintage 100% cotton, Steven Alan’s Double Pocket Alpine Shirt Jacket fits and feels like a well-loved thrift find, but looks like a high-end garment. Purposefully oversized to accommodate a T-shirt (or even a heavier sweater) underneath, the emerald-hued jacket also features plenty of rich textural elements. Cobblecord is a delightful gridded version of corduroy we were unfamiliar with before wearing this jacket. Matching pants in a lounge-y cut are also available.
Ghetto Gastro’s “Bronx Baldwin” long-sleeve T-shirt, featuring a portrait of James Baldwin, is part of a collection that honors some of the legends educated at the Bronx’s DeWitt Clinton High School. Initially released last year, the shirt—which was designed by New Studio—has been made for all genders and comes in size small to XXL.
In the style of Experimental Jetset’s popular “&” shirts, this “And Me” T-shirt calls out four major movements and organizations that have shaped the fight for civil rights in America: the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Black Lives Matter (BLM). Proceeds from the sale of each shirt will benefit the Tides Network non-profit—a group that assists other non-profits focused on equality and human rights with fiscal tools, policy-making and even collaborative workspaces. The shirts are cotton and available in black or white colorways.
Each piece of jewelry from EDAS—Philadelphia-born, Brooklyn-based Sade Mims’ accessories label—is carefully made by hand. The Hattie necklace, crafted from gold-plated brass, can be worn alone as a statement piece or layered along with others. It’s available on a 16-inch or 18-inch chain. Mims also makes gorgeous beaded bags and hats in her Bed-Stuy studio, but they routinely sell out, so keep an eye out.
CDMX-based menswear label Hermanos Koumori references Mexican modernism, esotericism and, surprisingly, the sport of running in each of their collections. Their newest line, fittingly called Ancient Runners, features graphic T-shirts adorned with exercise instructions and ancient riddles, pants in unique silhouettes and a coat they refer to as the “World Champion’s Jacket.” Cut from 100% cotton raw denim and constructed in CDMX, every jacket comes adorned with Koumori’s signature flower silkscreen pattern in a rich, worn black hue. Yellowed acetate buttons contrast the black-and-white garment, which comes pre-washed.
Measuring 35 by 35 inches (and available in cotton or silk), John Derian’s mushrooms scarves feature more than two dozen illustrations of fungi—all in the East Village, NYC-based designer and decoupage artist’s signature style. The scarves were produced in collaboration with Tokyo-based brand Arts & Science and made in Japan.
Whether you’re sitting around the house in a snowstorm or walking down the beach in a light breeze, these colorful board shorts, hand-crocheted in Brooklyn, will set a playful mood. They’re made using 87% merino wool and 13% polyester, with both types of yarn made in Italy. Artwork by Gordon Flores is hand-embroidered over the knit, creating multiple layers of color, pattern and texture to admire.
For an added layer of warmth (that also offers moisture-wicking), Holden Outerwear’s shearling crew sweater supports body temperature through PolarTec’s synthetic shearling. The cut is akin to a classic crewneck, but the waist cinches with a drawcord and the cuffs feature an elasticated quick-dry poly. It’s comfy and reliable for active use in winter weather.
Cowgirl’s Tie-Dye Proof T-Shirt playfully pokes fun at the tie-dye craze by implying their simple, black-hued top is impossible to alter. “Tie-Dye Proof Product Technology,” the white screenprint on the chest reads. Whether for yourself or a friend whose tie-dye habit has gone too far, this 100% cotton staple makes a statement.
This crewneck sweatshirt from CH favorite Actual Source poses the question “Why Books?” and includes a three-pronged answer: preservation, accessibility, intimacy. The question and its responses are simultaneously simple and complex, and prompt a few moments to ponder how one’s personal answer might compare. Not only does the sweatshirt signal that the wearer is a book lover, it also represents the Provo, Utah brand—a publisher, book store and studio that makes beautiful, thoughtful and clever things.
Freedom Moses’ vegan, recyclable slides—crafted from sustainable PCU plastic—offer extra comfort through a proprietary air-injection process. This Terazzo “Supernova” option is one of many colorways in their fixed-buckle, non-slip style. As expected, they’re waterproof, and easy to wash at home.
This season Chop Suey Club created several sets filled with various themed items. Our pick, the “Double Happiness” Holiday Bundle, comprises two pairs of Double Happiness socks, a Thank You rolling tray and a copy of Thomas Sauvin’s Until Death Do us Part photo book—which explores the surprising role of cigarettes in Chinese weddings. The 108-page book comes in an original cigarette box, and the entire set is gift-wrapped for the festive season. Available online or in-store at their LES location.
With all profits from their sales put back into Junior High, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, these socks do more than offer a little humor. Founded by Faye Orlove, LA-based Junior High aims to give marginalized individuals a voice within the arts. Their “Male Art Not Good” socks are made from 100% cotton and have been designed and made in LA.
Composed of seven-thread knit 100% Sopravisso Loro Piana virgin wool, this limited edition winter sweater—from a first-of-its-kind capsule collection at French active-tailoring atelier éclectic—maintains warmth but thermoregulates when necessary. Comfy, dense and dynamic, the turtleneck comes in a tailored fit with reinforced rib-cuffs.