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AUGUST ‘21 WRAP-UP

COMMUNITY: H Street Festival Returns

H Street Festival returns; however, this year’s festival will be scaled back. You can expect fewer vendors, stages, and performers. Festival goers will be encouraged to wear masks, even outdoors, and to social distance. Check out the article from the Washington Post: Going Out Guide, which shares what to expect from a number of outdoor festivals happening in the District this September. 

Follow us on Instagram @chris_cardi to find out about our activations leading up to this year’s H Street Festival.

For more info on H Street Festival visit: https://www.hstreetfestival.org

 

CULTURE: District Fray ft. Chris “Cardi” Clayton

 Over the summer Chris Cardi shared the inspiration behind his personal style, having a versatile wardrobe to navigate the D.C. social scene(s), and a few wardrobe hacks in a feature for District Fray Magazine. 

Click here to read the feature: District Fray Magazine: Chris Clayton Isn’t Afraid to Rock Women’s Denim

Shout out to our friend Andrew J. Williams III at District Fray for the feature.

 

COMMERCE: H STREET NE Capsule Collection

Just in time to Celebrate H Street Festival, our annual H Street NE capsule collection is now available online and locally at SwatchRoom’s - Common Threads DC. Every week in the month of September we will release a new graphic tee in celebration of the community. Shop the “I ❤️ Heart H ST. NE” graphic tees now! 



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JUNE ‘21 WRAP-UP


COMMUNITY: HOW WE CELEBRATED JUNETEENTH 

Chris celebrated Juneteenth by rockin’ our Juneteenth “Freedom Day” flag tank top while supporting fellow Black businesses across D.C. and reveling in the sounds of the “Million Moe March”. We also enjoyed seeing many of you rockin’ the Juneteenth flag tank top.Here are some of our favorite snaps from the holiday weekend.

CULTURE: LAUREN IGAY FT. IN WIBRIDGE FASHION + STYLE

Our dear friend Lauren Igay was featured in the June issue of WIBRIDGE’s fashion and style section. She speaks on utilizing her skillset in union with the platform that Common Thread provides to open doors for up and coming designers and entrepreneurs. 

Read the full article here: DREAMING IN TECHNICOLOR: LAUREN GAY ON FINDING COMMON THREAD

COMMERCE: TH!NKIN’ CAP AVAILABLE ONLINE

The wait is over! Our TH!NKIN’ CAP dad hats are now on our online shop. Available in coral, kiwi, and pink for a limited time. Shop and share your style by tagging us and using the hashtag: #ThinkinCap. 



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MAY ‘21 WRAP-UP

COMMUNITY: DRYY RUN DC x HRC

We kicked-off PRIDE Month early here in the Capital City on May 15 for the inaugural DRYY RUN DC x HRC. Teaming up with our friends at Dryy Garment Care and a number of other local small businesses we raised awareness, advocacy, and funds through fitness benefiting the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

About The HRC Foundation – a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization – envisions a world where all LGBTQ people can participate fully in the systems that shape our daily lives. Through public education, research, and policy and practice change, the Foundation’s impact can be felt in schools, on factory floors and corporate suites, and in places of worship. It touches LGBTQ lives from childhood through end-of-life, people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities and religious beliefs, in big cities and small towns, in the United States and across the globe.


Photo courtesy: Glen Gordon of certified-official.com

Find out more in our latest Fresh Digest blog post: DRYY RUN D.C. ADVOCATING FOR LGBTQ+ EQUALITY (Wrap UP)

CULTURE: 
May 30 and June 1 marked the 100 year commemoration of the Tulsa Massacre. This horrific 2-day period in American history claimed the lives of hundreds of Black people and destroyed the flourishing community of Greenwood at the hands of a violent, racist, White mob. Ultimately no one was ever brought to justice for this deadly act of domestic terror and the story was largely left to be forgotten much like other thriving Black communities that endured similar acts of violence post Civil War Era.

Image courtesy of: FireInLittleAfrica.com

Over the last century the story of the community also known as Black Wall Street has been kept alive by the remaining survivors and the descendants. Some of those descendants are the driving creative force behind the incredibly poignant album Fire In Little Africa

“A groundbreaking album of original material, written and recorded by a collective of Oklahoma hip hop artists to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre – will be released on May 28 by Motown Records/Black Forum in partnership with Tulsa’s Bob Dylan Center® and Woody Guthrie Center®.” - The Black Wall Street Times 

“Fire in Little Africa is the story of the passion and resilience of artists in Tulsa leading the community through music, art and entrepreneurship."

The Woody Guthrie Center and Bob Dylan Center® are proud to present this album, documentary and podcast in collaboration with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. Fire in Little Africa brings together the top rappers, singers, musicians and visual artists in Oklahoma to commemorate the centennial of the 1921 Massacre and introduce Tulsa’s hip-hop culture to a global audience.” - FireInLittleAfrica.com

Listen: Fire In Little Africa


COMMERCE:
Early this week we proudly released our Juneteenth “Freedom Day” flag tank top. This is our ode in commemoration of Juneteenth; a celebration of resilience. 


Our purpose is to provide a form of symbolism through style and bring greater awareness to the significance of this day in American history and to the cultural fabric of our Nation.


Photo courtesy: Milwaukee Independent

The star at center has dual meaning representing Texas and also the freedom of Black Americans in all 50 states. The bursting outline around the star, inspired by a nova, a term used by astronomers meaning new star represents a new beginning for Black people of Galveston and America. The curve that spans the width of the flag represents a new horizon: the opportunities and promise that lay ahead for Black Americans. The colors of red, white, and blue represent the American flag and the commitment that America has to live up to the ideal of liberty and justice for all.
 
The struggle continues.
 
We strongly encourage you to order by June 10 for guaranteed delivery by June 18. Click here to shop: Juneteenth “Freedom Day” Flag Tank Top

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DRYY RUN D.C. ADVOCATING FOR LGBTQ+ EQUALITY (Wrap UP)

DRYY RUN D.C. ADVOCATING FOR LGBTQ+ EQUALITY

We kicked-off PRIDE Month a couple weeks early on May 15th, for the inaugural DRYY RUN DC raising funds for the Human Rights Campaign. The Human Rights Campaign serves as America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality.

Chris Cardi partnered with title sponsor Dryy Garment Care to design the graphics and promotional material as well as the runner’s bibs that participants wore on the day of the event. 

We had amazing weather for our fitness and philanthropy event with over 70 people taking part in the 5 & 10K. With the help of our community and co-sponsors we raised over $2.5K for the @humanrightscampaign in support and advocacy for our LGBTQ+ family. 

BIG UP to our fellow co-sponsors The Village Cafe, Cool Kids Vinyl, Gift Shop, Common Threads, Hill Prince Bar, and community organizer Erica Jackson for leveraging their platforms to get the word out and getting folks involved. 

PEACE & LOVE to all those that participated. What an incredible turnout, good time, and a great way to continue the push for equality.

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DRYY Run DC X HRC 5K/10K

5K/10K Walk, Run or Bike Saturday, May 15 to raise awareness and promote ally-ship for the Human Rights Campaign!

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CHRiS CARDi Celebrates Women’s History Month

This first Wednesday of March we celebrate Women’s History Month. As we make the transition from commemorating Black History Month to celebrating Women’s History this month, we spotlight Black women entrepreneurs creating community and camaraderie through commerce. Tell your partner, friend, and family about these amazing women and join us in celebrating!

RB & Co.

Roxanne Bellamy, longtime friend and wife of our Co-owner Kevin, is also the owner and Creative Director behind her own full-service, event design & planning firm RB & Co. The firm specializes in producing refined events for clients who value quality experiences. Roxanne prides herself on collaborating with other BIPOC and women owned businesses, and is currently curating a month of virtual events in celebration of Women’s History and International Women’s Day. Click here to find out more: RB & Co.

Follow on Instagram: @roxannebellamy 

 

OH-MAZING FOODS

OH-mazing owner and fellow D.C. based entrepreneur, Stephanie Williams set out to create a scrumptious alternative to snacks filled with allergens and preservatives. We first met Stephanie 3 years ago at an architecture firm's networking event where we showcased as vendors in a “Future of Retail” test module. There I got a taste of her healthy creations and have been hooked ever since. The tasty granola that comes in flavors like Lemon Bar and Caribbean Delight are a long time favorite of ours! Click here to shop: OH-MAZING FOODS 

Follow on Instagram: @ohmazingfood

 

ALL VERY GOODS

I first met All Very Goods owner, Ama Schulman, while the both of us worked our retail chops for J. Crew. I randomly discovered her goods on social media and became a customer before realizing it was her business. The thank you card that came in my initial order and subsequent orders are as much of a gift as the goods themselves. The All Very Goods designs celebrate Black culture, community, art, activism, and allyship. The collection offers something for everyone and makes for great gifts year round to accessorize your look. Click here to shop: ALL VERY GOODS

Follow on Instagram: @allverygoods

 

SASCHA CANDLES

My fiery friend Sascha Lee has always had a light of curiosity and exploration in her DNA. This Afro-Latina launched her line of curvaceous candles on March 1, making Women’s History Month LIT, figuratively and literally. The candles are made in small batches sold on Etsy. Definitely one to watch on the journey of building a brand born out of an idea followed by action. Click here to shop: SASCHA CANDLES

Follow on Instagram: @sas.cha_

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For the Love of our H Street NE community

Figured what better way to kick off the year than by making our first release something tangible for the community I have grown even intimately closer to over the last 12 months.

I just turned 42 and I think about the significance of that number, the symbolism and the mystery. Going to take you down a bit of a rabbit hole here with my train of thought, so try to follow the best you can.

So, the novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy written by Douglas Adams, was first published 1979, the year I was born. In that novel the super computer gives the answer 42 in response to “the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.”
When I think about the turbulence, the trial and tribulations, the uncertainty of life being ever so present, and the resilience it has taken to be able to make it with all my faculties intact, to come out of all what 2020 imposed on us, in an even better position than I was a year ago; turning an even number of age on an odd year; man, that’s blessing.
When I think about that ask, “the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.”, I can with confidence say at the ripe age of 42, is simply: community.
What I have witnessed with respects to resilience, selflessness, empathy, compassion, and comradery of this H Street NE community I call home, has been nothing short of a miracle. It gives me a sense of pride I have never owned living anywhere else. So as a gift to myself I wanted to share my love of this place with those who love it equally as much using my gift of creativity.
So, coming of age, that’s the inspiration that moved me but there’s more. Before the novel, thinking about how the game of life has changed and tying back to the number 42, I couldn’t help but think of the legendary Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier as a Brooklyn Dodger and changing the game for good. Referencing photos of him in that uniform and being inspired by the contrast between the tinged white of the jersey, royal blue of the script, and the life blood red of the number 42 really influenced the color story of this capsule. To give the pieces a richer pop I inverted the color way for more spring like vibes.
In terms of the graphic design itself, it of course takes its cue from the iconic image for the New York Board of Tourism created by the legendary Milton Glaser.
I hope I was able to articulate what was going on in my mind, the influences, and thought process in bringing this collection to life and hopefully bring a community even closer with these symbols of pride.
From me to H Street NE with love.
-C. CARDi
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H STREET 5K - Raises awareness and donations for HIPS.org, and register voters ahead of Election Day

 This year to commemorate H ST. Festival we decided to put our best foot forward in a meaningful way, by kicking off our inaugural H STREET 5K WALK, RUN, RIDE; keeping with our tradition of community engagement.

This past Saturday, we teamed up with Erica Jackson and Kristen Gnau to host the event all in an effort to register voters, encourage folks to work the polls on Election Day, and to raise funds and awareness for H ST. NE neighborhood non-profit HIPS DC

We thank our partners; Maketto, Cool Kids Vinyl, Dryy DC, Hill Prince, Rock The Vote, Too Many Tabs and our 5K participants coming together for a safe and great event. We would like to graciously thank our friends near and far for helping us reach our donation goal.

Please continue to support HIPS DC and send donations directly through the link below:

https://hips.nationbuilder.com/

Let’s support our community and give our very best to our friends at HIPS DC.

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Chris Cardi's Perfect Day in D.C. - Washington Post Feature

A Black Writer. A Black Photographer. A Black Designer. A Black Business. A Black Story for the Washington Post.

Chris (designer/owner of Chris Cardi, Inc.) recently sat down with writer and journalist Priscilla Ward (Instagram: @macaronifro) for a featured article in the Weekend section of the Washington Post. The piece highlights Chris Cardi's work in the community and what his take on a perfect day in D.C. would be (sans Covid). Headliner photo credit to Lawrence Jackson (Instagram: @thevintographer).

The Washington Post Feature

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Pro-Activist heART. 🖤 | Breanna Taylor

Over three months have passed since Breonna Taylor was killed at the hands of police.

I met Brit Sigh (@midnightrun54) back in 2010, when we both worked for the same company as recruiters driving diversity and inclusion. Much of what we learned and brought to the table with that work we continue to practice in our everyday lives. It’s been a while since we talked in depth, but we’ve reconnected to collaborate on a pro-activism push for justice. Brit has contributed his artistic skills to create this beautiful portrait featured on the downloadable postcard. We hope you will join us and get activated.

Read how below:

1. Scan code using your camera app, and follow the link that appears.
OR
1. Click the link here: POSTCARD.

2. Follow the instructions on how to download and print.
3. Sign it put a stamp on it.
4. Drop in a mailbox or at a post office.

This is the first in a series we are launching focusing on activating concerned citizens in pursuit of justice for victims of police violence in America.

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