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Oaklandish: Why I Love Oakland #4674

19 May

Cranes Reflection

Above: “Cranes Reflection” tee by local artist Ivan Lima (click image to view on Oaklandish website)

Speaking of Oakland love, you can’t really get much better than local company and winner of nineteen “Best of the East Bay” Awards,  Oaklandish.  Originating from a street-art campaign (you know how I love those!), the Oakland “roots” logo to which it gave birth has not only become synonymous with the city itself, it has quickly evolved into a popular apparel brand worn by every age, race, and demographic in the East Bay.  But wait!  The love grows: Oaklandish not only works with local artists who design the coolest and most unique neighborhood-centric tees, hoodies and children’s clothing, they also turn around and give 10% of every purchase right back to the community that makes them.  They’ve also created the Oakland Innovators Award, a fund that offers annual grants to those organizations and individuals who are doing pioneering work in the community.  How’s that for remembering where you come from? 🙂