NY Clean Up Long-Sleeve Shirt

$45

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Sanitation Foundation, the official non-profit of the NYC Department of Sanitation, aims to clean up the city and make it more sustainable. The foundation benefits from each sale of Neighborhood Spot’s 100% cotton NY Clean Up long-sleeve shirt. Each shirt reads “New York, Let’s Clean Up, New York” above a cheerful illustration of someone doing exactly that.

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NorBlack NorWhite’s Square Shirt Dress may be billowy and comfortable, but the two- or three-color ombre viscose-satin elevates it above the humble “house dress.” Available in various bold, sophisticated hues, each dress is individually hand-dyed and comes in just one size. The brand was founded by Mriga Kapadiya and Amrit Kumar (both raised in Toronto) who moved to Bombay over a decade ago in order to explore their Indian roots. NorBlack NorWhite is now based in Delhi, where their production occurs in-house.

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For those dedicated to the outdoors or their indoor jungles, this dad cap from Valley Cruise Press makes for the ideal accessory. Made from 100% cotton, the five-panel cap fits most adults, includes an adjustable strap and features the word “PLANTS” embroidered in white cotton across the front. Be sure to time your purchase, if possible, as Valley Cruise donates 100% of their proceeds on the 8th of every month.

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Reversible Louise Bourgeois Portrait Eye Mask

$30

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From Third Drawer Down comes a silk eye mask that features a portrait (albeit just the eyes) of brilliant and beloved French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. Best known for her striking large-scale sculptures and installations, Bourgeois suffered from insomnia, and said being asleep was “paradise.” With a striped border (and underside, in case you want a change), the mask’s elastic strap features the phrase “Key to insomnia: peace or trust,” which Bourgeois wrote on the back of one of her Insomnia Drawings—a collection of sketches that she created during her frequent bouts with the sleep disorder.

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These super-cozy, fluffy slippers (the result of UK-based Piglet’s collaboration with WoolOvers) have been crafted from 100% sheepskin, making them perfect for cold days pottering around the house. While our pick is this rich plum color, they also come in dark gray, navy, cream and pale pink.

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Faith Ringgold Era Sneakers

$90

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For their latest Vans collaboration, MoMA worked closely with multi-disciplinary artist Faith Ringgold to create a bold all-over print. One sneaker displays a collage-style take on Ringgold’s “Woman Free Yourself” (1971) while the other represents “Woman Freedom Now” (1971), pieces that are both a part of Ringgold’s larger collection of Black feminist protest posters from the era. The former educator (whose art spans quilts, painting, sculpture, collage and performance) has many works in the MoMA collection, some of which are available to view online.

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Founded by twin sisters Corianna and Brianna Dotson, Coco and Breezy makes bold sunglasses and spectacles from high-quality materials. The statement-making MOXI-102 shades provide 100% protection from UV rays within their tinted lenses, and their slightly rounded-square shape is equal parts sophisticated and playful. Available in three colorways, the MOXI frames feature a fully acetate frame and hybrid metal arms with tortoiseshell ends.

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Make You Smile Rainbow Earring

$20

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NOTTE Jewelry’s Make You Smile collection—composed of necklaces, bracelets and earrings—was conjured as a response to the current pandemic, with 50% of the proceeds from all sales donated to Food Bank For New York City. Helmed by Jessica Tse, the brand produces playful accessories that combine costume elements with pearls, semi-precious stones and unexpected materials. These Make You Smile Rainbow earrings come as singles (but are also available in pairs) comprising a gold-plated hoop or stud, rainbow smiley face bead and a freshwater pearl.

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Free Them All T-Shirt

$25

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With art by Lauren Matrka alongside the powerful “free them all” message, these T-shirts do more than make a statement. All proceeds from the sale of this shirt go to Malcolm’s Freedom Fund in order to raise bail for a young man being held pre-trial in NYC. Available from XS to 4XL, the shirt comes in pink or white and has been crafted from 100% cotton. Of course, you can donate to this and other bail funds all over the country any time without buying a product.

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“It’s a Plant, You’re an Animal” T-Shirt

$30

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Emblazoned with the straightforward and factual “It’s a plant, you’re an animal,” this long-sleeve T-shirt from Miss Grass highlights the way that something born from nature has been stigmatized, racialized and demonized. With 100% of the profits donated to the National Bail Out Fund—an organization led by black people and focused on black people incarcerated pre-trial because they cannot afford bail—this top is more than a slogan.

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Thundercat Pink Glitter Socks

$15

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From Brainfeeder—the record label founded by Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) back in 2008—these socks are covered with Thundercat’s logo, a twist on the original Thundercats version. In true Thundercat (aka Stephen Lee Bruner) style, the socks dazzle thanks to glittery lurex fabric. Available in one size and in gold or pink, they are perfect for late-night lounge room dance parties.

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Black Sabbath Black Lives Matter T-Shirt

$25

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100% of the net proceeds from the sale of this shirt—released by iconic rock band Black Sabbath—benefit the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Fans of the band will notice that the Black Lives Matter text emblazoned on the front is in the same wavy font as Black Sabbath’s Master Of Reality album cover.

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Relevant Parties DFA Hoodie

$118

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With a portion of DFA’s proceeds donated to North Brooklyn support networks, this hoodie is part of Carhartt WIP’s Relevant Parties project—seeing the Michigan-based brand team up with independent record labels (including Ninja Tune, Jazzy Sport, Stones Throw and more) for limited edition products. Made for all genders, the boxy cotton/polyester hoodie is intended to have a loose fit in order to rep the iconic NYC label in comfort and style.

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From self-taught jeweler and social worker Vanessa Miller, the brand Black Queer Magic’s powerful pieces embrace the natural beauty of stones and precious metal—evidenced by these hand-strung crystal bracelets, each featuring brass accents. Miller donates a portion of their sales directly to Black LGBTQ people in the healing and creative communities. They also take custom jewelry orders.

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LA-based label No Sesso—meaning “no sex / no gender” in Italian—exists at the crux of fashion, art, culture and design, while challenging the traditional notions of each. Founded by Pierre Davis, the brand’s signature pieces include hand-embroidery and made-to-order knits. This hoodie (one of their more conventional offerings), intended for all genders and identities, has been embroidered with a swirly No Sesso logo on the front and the “Acid Smiley” on the sleeve.

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Indigo Garment Dye Kit

$65

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A powdered indigo dye developed at Aikuma Senryo (originally a Chinese herbal apothecary founded in Tokyo circa 1818), Yamato Indigo makes it easy to dye apparel, accessories and other fabrics at home. This kit includes enough of each individual component to concoct a large vat of dye in order to lend a vibrant hue to shirts, pants and even sneakers. Specifically, that means 50 grams of Yamato Indigo dye, 100ml of vinegar, 100ml of a fixative, as well as a portion of soda ash and Sodium Hydrosulfite (and possibly a pair of rubber gloves, current shortage pending). Instructions are easy and the entire process is fun as a group activity, too.

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