Africa boasts nearly 20,000 miles of surfable coastline, and surf company Mami Wata celebrates the vastness of the continent’s surfing history as well as the rising interest amongst younger generations. Their debut book’s 300 pages contain contributions from Africa’s top surfers, photographers and cultural commentators in the form of 50 essays and 200 photos. Altogether, it’s a colorful and cheerful celebration of the culture, both on and off the water. Proceeds will be donated to two organizations: Waves For Change and Surfers Not Street Children. Price is in GBP.
Seattle-based Eighth Generation is an art and lifestyle brand owned by Snoqualmie Tribal People and founded in 2008 by artist, activist and educator Louie Gong (Nooksack). Best known for their wool blankets designed by various artists from different tribes, the brand purveys lovely items for the home. One of our favorites, the “Coast Salish Pattern” baby blanket, is designed by Gong herself and crafted from 100% merino wool. The gray and white pattern, based on traditional Coast Salish weaving, is appealing on either side, and has been double-knit for extra warmth. It comes in a box with gold customizable labels for giving as a gift, and 5% of all blanket sales go to the Inspired Natives Award.
Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar raises money for individuals currently incarcerated in maximum-security prisons. This year marks the 20th iteration of the calendar, and its theme is “a generation of support through the bars.” Art and words have been provided by Grae Rosa, Herman Bell, Veronza Bowers, David Campbell, Saima Desai, Damon Locks, Tom Manning, Nidal el-Khairy, David Gilbert, Gord Hill (aka Zig Zag), Eric King, Jaan Laaman, Paul Lacombe, Joy Powell, Richard Rivera, Laura Whitehorn, Linda Evans and Susan Rosenberg, Xinachtli and others. Proceeds from the sale of the 32-page, full-color calendar will benefit organizations including Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Palestine), Release Aging People in Prison, Civil Liberties Defense Center and the Rosenburg Fund for Children.
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.
Produced at the Lower East Side’s Lucky Risograph, artist Ronald Wimberly’s signed “Greetings from BKLYN” print portrays the power of Black Lives Matter protests and incorporates the names of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Eric Garner and many other victims of police violence. Proceeds from the print’s sale go to Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative, a black trans- and queer-led organization aiming to foster community safety. The striking four-color artwork, which measures 7.5 by 11 inches, is printed on warm white 80lb cover vellum paper.
From Brooklyn-based Judi Rosen, this T-shirt makes a very clear statement with art by OKS (aka Oksana Todorova). All profits from sales are donated to the Bronx’s The Friendly Fridge BX and Harlem’s The Barrio Fridge—two organizations that work to reduce food waste and feed NYC communities. This shirt is crafted from fabric that’s been sustainably milled and sewn in California, and has been designed and printed in New York.
Future Retrieval—the collaborative project of artists Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker—contribute their limited edition print “Mycology Monday” to Fort Makers’ Dreamscapes sale. Half of the proceeds from sales will be donated to Henry Street Settlement Food Access Initiative, an emergency home delivery food pantry organized by Henry Street Settlement and Vision Urbana, which provides essential groceries for those facing food insecurity. The delightful fungi-focused artwork (available in an edition of 30) has been screen-printed on 290gsm coventry rag and measures 20 by 16 inches. Take a look online at all the other artworks available in the Dreamscapes project.
With all proceeds benefitting the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) in LA, Making Art During Fascism by Beth Pickens is part zine and part activity book. Designed and riso printed by WCCW, the 24-page publication is just one of many works available from the community- and creativity-driven hub.
Each 0.9-ounce container of Haoma’s Calming Temple Balm comes infused with 75mg of full-spectrum CBD, which helps nourish dry and damaged skin and reduces stress and anxiety. For best results, warm a small amount of balm between two fingers and apply to the temples each morning. The balm can also be applied at night to the nine major pulse points. Plant-based, vegan and cruelty-free, the formulation comprises chamomile, skullcap, lemon, American ginseng, ylang ylang and vetiver. For those who suffer from allergies to certain terpenes and extracts, Haoma’s transparent ingredient list offers plenty of information. Plus, every Haoma purchase plants one tree through a partnership with Trees.org.
With they/them, ze/zir, she/her and he/him options, Gamut has made preferred pronoun pins that look more sophisticated than many we’ve seen. These black and gold pins politely request which pronouns the wearer identifies as, and $1 from each purchase is donated to Camp Aranu’tiq, which is a not-for-profit organization that transgender, gender-nonconforming and gender-variant kids and their families through camp experiences.
With jammy fig notes at its heart (introduced by creamy coconut and underscored by lush sandalwood), Siblings’ Scent No 09 DIY Candle Kit arrives as wax in a pouch. Owners then microwave the contents and pour it into their favorite vessel—adding the included wick last. From 23 November to 4 December, Siblings will donate one tree for every candle sold, through One Tree Planted—in an effort to restore California forests damaged by recent wildfires.
Originally released as a digital cookbook in May 2020, Kristin Tice Studeman and Bryan Fountain’s Serving New York: For All The People Who Make NYC Dining Unforgettable now comes in a hardcover, real-life book version. With 100% of proceeds going to ROAR (Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants) and Robin Hood’s restaurant relief fund, buying this book also offers financial support to NYC’s hospitality workers. Within the pages, there are 45 approachable recipes from some of the city’s favorite restaurants, including Gertie, Don Angie, Olmsted, Momofuku and more. With a foreword by ROAR founder (also the owner and chef of the beloved, now-shuttered west~bourne) Camilla Marcus, Serving New York is by New Yorkers and pays homage to New Yorkers, and is intended for everybody who loves (and misses) the joy of a dinner out in the city.
All proceeds from the sales of these limited edition, artist-designed plates—made in collaboration with Coalition for the Homeless, Prospect and Artware Editions—go toward providing unhoused people with crisis services, food, shelter and more. Selling out quickly, the plates are all priced equally and feature artwork by Nina Chanel Abney, Sterling Ruby, Marina Adams, Ugo Rondinone and others.
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.
With 20% of the proceeds from its sale donated to the Central Emergency Response Fund (a humanitarian unit established by the United Nations), this Nothing Lasts Forever/CORONA Soap by artist Nir Hod works double duty. The NYC-based artist collaborated with Prospect on the limited edition product, which is intended to create a simple, “magic moment” that users can appreciate every day.
Comprised of Jade Pothos, Spider Plant, Peace Lily, Dracaena Janet Craig and Parlour Palm plants, Habitat Horticulture’s Gromeo living wall frame offers all of the benefits of indoor plants without the requirement to water them. The Gromeo Mini (approximately 18 by 20 inches) comes pre-planted in HH’s Growtex foundation, housed inside a maple-finished plywood frame and with a one-gallon water reservoir, which keeps soil damp for up to three weeks. When the reservoir is full, the entire unit weighs 12 pounds, and the brand includes all of the necessary mounting hardware and drywall anchors with each order. Additionally, 1% of each order goes to Feeding America, and teachers and healthcare workers get 10% off their order.