LiVE FRESH

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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THE STORY BEHIND THE H ST. NE FOOD DRIVE

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE H ST. NE FOOD DRIVE

Our  hyperlocal H ST. NE FOOD DRIVE initially started as a way to bring relief for children impacted by the school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of these kids were no longer getting their primary source of nutrients that school breakfast and lunch provided. With our close ties to our H street NE Corridor of neighborhoods, we took it as our responsibility to provide the best we can for a community that has given us so much. What we soon discovered is that no good deed goes without its own sets of challenges.

With the city government's goal of flattening the curve, our original donation/distribution point, Hill Prince Bar had to close its doors for business. Although we understood the importance of the closure, it was frustrating for all of us, as they have been great partners in the community, opening their doors for pop-ups, local art exhibits, book signings, and fundraisers. Their closure presented a hurdle we didn't anticipate and as soon as we started our effort we had to suspend it until we could source a new location.

Like many of us hunkered down, either working from home or in many cases out of work due to the pandemic, the silver lining to it was having a moment to slow down and catch up with friends, through FaceTime or phone calls of course. One of the first phone calls I made was to Chef Opie Crooks of A Rake's Progress. We covered a lot in that phone call but to make a long story short he connected me to Chef and restaurateur Erik Bruner-Yang.

Now let me preface this by saying I had never met Chef Erik before, but maybe off the strength of his relationship with Chef Opie, maybe their shared love of community and maybe just being good dudes with big hearts, we were able to re-establish our food drive within hours after being connected.

H ST. NE FOOD DRIVE had its home at MAKETTO! Chef Erik and the team there provided us with a space for folks to safely donate, and for those in need to pick up non-perishable food items. It has been important to us to address the hyper-local hunger concerns in our Ward 5 and 6 neighborhoods, and being at Maketto allowed us to do just that. What's fantastic about having the food drive at Maketto was the accessibility—with operating hours Monday - Saturday from 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM daily, we were able to offer a much wider window for those in need vs. the limited hours and locations that DCPS and other non-profit organizations are currently able to provide.

Our food drive also goes beyond being limited to just serving the youth. What we thought would be a great way to provide meals for kids, evolved into something so much bigger. We've been able to feed families with children, single parent households, our service industry family, and even the elderly and our neighbors with special needs. Our impact has gone beyond what we could have ever imagined.

Now our mission is simply to be a stop gap, a relief supplement to services on the way from the Federal government, along with those already offered by city government, DCPS, and other larger organizations. What we are able to do is acutely attack the issue of hunger in our neighborhood during the pandemic when the above resources are already being stretched to the limits, inaccessible, or aren't eligible to those newly impacted. We are able to fill in the cracks, so to speak, in our community that other organizations may miss. What the pandemic has done is expose inadequacies when it comes to food accessibility and distribution. Prior to the pandemic many folks didn't need or meet qualifications for assistance. Guess what? Now they do. The pandemic has also exposed accessibility challenges unique to these specific circumstances.

Our food drive pantry alleviates many of the health and monetary challenges that going to the grocery store now poses. Since all our food donations are free to take you are in and out within a minute or two, tops. There are no crowds to deal with and we are only a short walk for our neighbors in need. There's no decision making on how best to spend what little money you may have, and now you can use that towards other necessities.

What we did was swiftly and decisively move into action with help from our community to assist those who have been in need and those now finding themselves newly in need of food. Thanks to an out pouring of monetary donations, physical donations, and people spreading the word we've been able to put a significant dent in fighting hunger in the H Street Northeast corridor.

We still face challenges with our effort. Our hyper-local pantry gets wiped out daily, so we are in a constant battle to restock it. To better replenish our shelves and help those in need we have moved to a model that will allow people to order non-perishable food items online and have them directly ship to Maketto. This protects those that want to donate allowing them to do so from the comfort of home using platforms like Giant's Peapod, WholeFoods Amazon delivery, Aldi's grocery delivery, etc. We want to point those platforms out in-particular as they provide the most efficient means to restocking our H ST. NE FOOD DRIVE shelves.

It's our hope that this new innovation to our supply chain will help us keep the shelves filled and people fed here in our community. Beyond that though, we hope that this can serve as a model for how other communities can quickly mobilize as private citizens to bring relief to their neighborhoods.

THANK YOU FOR ALL DONATIONS AND HELP PROVIDED.

Thank you for your continued support!

Lots of love,

Chris Cardi Team

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H ST. NE HYPER LOCAL FOOD DRIVE

H ST. NE HYPER LOCAL FOOD DRIVE

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, children and families of our H St. NE community are going hungry. This problem existed prior to the pandemic but is now exacerbated due to school closures and service industry folks being out of work. Many of the people in our community depended on school and work to provide them with their primary source of nutrition, leading some of the most vulnerable of our community to now be at an even greater disadvantage, creating a new percentage of Ward 5/ Ward 6 residents in need of assistance. With lack of availability to these resources we are pleading to those of us who can help our neighbors to do so.


To families struggling to provide meals to their children, to our service industry friends out of work, to our senior citizens, and to all of those with special needs here in the H ST. NE corridor, we are here to help. All donated items are free to those in need. Please practice social distancing guidelines and be sure to disinfect any packaging prior to consumption to protect yourself and your family. We ask that you only take what’s required for a couple days so others in need have access too. This will be an ongoing community effort.


THANK YOU FOR ALL DONATIONS AND HELP PROVIDED.


Thank you for your continued support!

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I ❤️ H ST. NE 2020 WINTER CAPSULE

Our first release of 2020 continues to pay homage to the neighborhood we have called home for close to a decade now. Our I​ ❤️​ H ST. NE winter capsule incorporates our focus on producing goods in a sustainable fashion. The capsule features a hoodie, crew-neck, and crop-top sweatshirt with the initial release. The garments are made of a weighty 11oz. cotton/poly blend French Terry fabric, produced in the U.S.A. Each limited edition piece is designed, cut, sewn, and screen printed, right here in Washington, D.C. Our eco-conscious approach hones in on the reducing pillar of reduce, reuse, recycle, as we will only produce a limited quantity of 13 in each style, representing the 13 blocks that make up the H Street NE corridor.

The hoodie features a unique front cubby pocket that extends from side seam to side seam, dropped shoulder, drawstring hood, and ribbed cuffs and hem.

The crew-neck features our classic fit, ribbed collar, cuffs, and hem.

The crop-top features a dropped should, ribbed collar, ribbed cuffs, and unfinished high-low hem.

We encourage you to act fast, as we expect the pieces to sell out quickly. Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Items ordered from this capsule will be guaranteed delivery on or before February 10, 2020 if ordered by January 25, 2020. A portion of our sales will be donated to The Capital Area Food Bank.​

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GET READY FOR H ST. WEEK KICKING OFF SUNDAY 9/15/19

We invite you to join us for a series of events celebrating the H Street Corridor in advance of the festival. We’ll have our H Street NE Capsule Collection available for purchase at every event. A portion of our sales will be donated to the GrantED Foundation in support of our Washington, D.C. educators. Be sure to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

HAPPY H STREET WEEK!

CHRiS CARDi Presents "The Sunday Funday Jenga Jam!"

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CHRiS CARDi Presents "POLITICS UNUSUAL" Exhibit by Rohaun

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CHRiS CARDi PRESENTS THE 3rd ANNUAL H STREET EVE CHRiS CARDi POP-UP & PARTY

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CHRiS CARDi PRESENTS THE 3rd ANNUAL H STREET FEST DAY PARTY & POP-UP

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CHRiS CARDi PRESENTS THE 3rd ANNUAL H STREET EVE CHRiS CARDi POP-UP & PARTY

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1337 H Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Friday, September 20, 2019
7:00pm – 11:00 PM
 
Chris Cardi Inc. is a proud Made In DC company and creator of H Street Eve.
 
We are excited to invite you to our 3rd annual H Street Eve Pop-Up & Party. We have partnered with our friends over at Hill Prince for a night of revelry, celebrating our love for H street NE!
 
Join us at Hill Prince on Friday, September 20th, from 7 PM to 11 PM, and shop our H Street NE capsule collection. The pop-up will showcase an assortment of H Street centric merchandise featuring graphics inspired by iconic American pop culture. The capsule includes t-shirts, hoodies, hats, totes, and more! Perfect opportunity to grab something to wear ahead of the Festival. A portion of the pop-up sales will be donated to the GrantEd Foundation.
 
DJ Franky J will be curating the sounds. Art install by Try To Calm Down.
 
Come out and join us. #LiveFreshDieSpoiled
 
Send any media inquiries to info@chriscardi.com. Shop and discover more about the world of Chris Cardi at www.chriscardi.com. Follow the H Street Eve collaborators on instagram @chris_cardi, @hillprincebar, @frankyj.co, and @trytocalmdown.

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CHRiS CARDi Presents "POLITICS UNUSUAL" Exhibit by Rohaun

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THE EVENT:

Politics Unusual​ is a collection of political and social commentary works by Rohaun curated by Chris Cardi. The pieces target America’s long standing social inequalities, it’s hope for a better tomorrow, as well as the characters playing a role in our current political theatre. The collection features portraits as well as caricatures that push the envelop in the age of extreme political correctness and cancel culture.​

Join us for an art talk, political discussion, and a candid conversation about all the things our parent’s told us we shouldn’t discuss in public, hosted by The Bruce Allen. Bruce Allen, the man behind the​ That’s The Angle​ podcastwill moderate the discussion, take questions from the audience, and bring his audacious approach of interviewing which has become his signature.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Rohaun is an emerging D.C. based artist working in various media of acrylic, oil paint, sculpture, and now film. Some of Rohaun’s most recent work delves into the lives of everyday people through his series “Portriats for the Culture”, and more social commentary with his vibrant colored milk carton series titled “Missing”. He has recently been named a 202 Creates, artist in residency. Rohaun’s works will also be available for purchase.​

Opening reception sounds provided by The Vintographer.​

Get ready for H Street Festival, and shop the H Street NE Capsule Collection pop-up by Chris Cardi Inc., in the rear courtyard. A portion of the pop-up sales will be donated to the GrantEd Foundation.

We hope to see you there!

 

Send any media inquiries to​ info@chriscardi.com.​ Shop and discover more about the world of Chris Cardi at​ www.chriscardi.com.

Discover more about GrantEd Foundation and Taste of H at​ www.grantedfoundation.org.

Follow the CHRiS CARDi, and the Politics Unusual collaborators on instagram @chris_cardi, @rohaun_paints, @thebruceallen, @thatstheangle, @thevintographer, @grantedfoundation, @hillprincebar.

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