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You See a Girl, I See the Future | behind the scenesJun 30, 2017

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Here’s a peek into some of the adventures that we had this week.

On the run with some Kule fabrics

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This week, we created photographic content for Kule’s Instagram, the blog, and an email blast. We also kept track of samples and made deliveries to Kule’s showroom and PR office. Occasionally throughout the week, we accompanied Nikki to her meetings to see the production side of the company and hear about her future projects.

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En route with a delivery

We joined Nikki while she met with Pamela Bell, founder of Prinkshop, in her headquarters on the Lower East Side. Prinkshop makes products that advocate for a cause. These products include shirts, totes, notebooks, and other accessories.

It all started when Pamela saw her daughter wearing a Madewell t-shirt with St. Tropez written across the fabric. She thought, “You have never been to St. Tropez and you most likely won’t be there soon.” She knew words like those didn’t have significant meaning, so she came up with an idea: why not create product with words that matter?

Thus, Prinkshop began.

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Welcome to Prinkshop!

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With each purchase, a portion of the profit goes to a specific organization. These include campaigns that speak out about gun violence, abortion rights, and misogyny such as Everytown, Lady Parts Justice, and Girl Up. Cara Delevingne recently partnered with prinkshop to create the “You See a Girl, I See the Future” slogan, which has been incredibly popular. With every purchase of this tee or tote, 50% of profit sales are donated to Girl Up—a campaign partnered with the United Nations that empowers girls around the world.

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Prinkshop’s rad designs

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IMG_5229To create each product, Pamela uses silkscreen printing. This process is simple. After placing a screen over the desired area, she floods the screen with paint and allows it to pour through the silkscreen and onto the fabric. Pamela has a variety of phrases, designs, and colors to choose from—and the outcome of each product is one-of-a-kind.

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Pamela showing us the ropes on silkscreening

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Prinkshop’s paint… so many vibrant colors!

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Considering the state of political unrest in our country, it could not be more important to produce social advocacy products. Pamela is an artist and an advocate. Her creativity inspires others to stand up for and support causes that change this world for the better.

Stay tuned for some radical Kule tees sporting Prinkshop’s screen prints— you’re going to love ‘em.

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Libby & Nikki loving their visit

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The Prinkshop HQ

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Notice “kale(ing) me softly” on the table cloth!

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Two of Pamela’s designs overlayed

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Two tees that speak out about the wage gap and beautiful imperfection. We love Prinkshop!

Chinatown | behind the scenesJun 15, 2017

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OoooOo hey! Libby here.

Wow, there is truly no place like New York.

Yesterday, Annabel and I explored Chinatown. I immediately fell for the place and its rich colors, crowded fruit stands and cool knick-knack stores. The area is full of authentic restaurants that serve delicious food ranging from noodles to dim sum. With hungry appetites, Annabel and I ventured to Joe’s Shanghai for lunch—an iconic restaurant with neon lights and mirrors lining its walls (it’s located on 24 W 56th St). Thanks to a follower’s suggestion (kudos to @ryrylumsavestheworld!), we ordered the soup dumplings. They were delicious, and the meal was so affordable.

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Soup Dumplings with Pork (mmmm!)

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After we enjoyed our lunch, we stopped by Taiyaki, a Japanese ice cream shop (located on 119 Baxter Street). Taiyaki is famous for their fish-shaped waffle cones and their picture-perfect, colorfully-swirled ice cream. If you like matcha, try the matcha flavor. It was so refreshing on a humid day.

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Matcha and Vanilla Swirl

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These fish cones are so cool!

Chinatown is such an authentic part of NYC with a deep history. It is the largest Chinatown in the United States and is known for being the most Chinese-concentrated area in the Western Hemisphere. I find it amazing that you can deeply immerse yourself in Chinese culture while in an American city. This is part of what makes New York so special—there are is so much diversity in one place. Mott Street speaks to that—you start by walking through a busy Chinese market, then all of a sudden you find yourself in Little Italy.

Visiting this area of New York reminded me that although each individual’s background may be different, we are all inherently similar (much more similar than we think!). We’re all human. We’re all on a search for happiness and fulfillment. As I roamed throughout Chinatown, I realized that we all have a choice and an opportunity to connect with, learn from, and give to the people around us. It is so important to appreciate and celebrate our similarities and differences. A diverse America is a beautiful America. Our colorful and distinct communities are what make our country beautiful.

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Peek at the happy man in the back : )

Annabel and I encourage you to explore a new place and appreciate our beautiful world! Holler if you ever want to venture with us.

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“In New York, everyone is so mixed together that there’s less of a feeling of class here. Everybody is dealing with the same shit, everybody is on the subway elbow-to-elbow.” — Louis C.K.

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Crowded streets

Weeeeerk it!

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Stripes on Stripes | behind the scenesJun 12, 2017

O’ Hey,  Annabel here!

Libby and I have arrived in New York City with fresh eyes for what this concrete jungle has to offer. As we stroll the streets of Manhattan, we sport Kule all over — wearing three different Kule shirts at once. Nikki Kule is a fashion design genius when it comes to stripes. Stripes are a classic aesthetic. When you look close enough, they are everywhere. Stripes divide concrete roads, paint subway tracks, and, of course, ride on our shirt fabric. They are built into our everyday.

Look closely and count all of the stripes you can see

Look closely and count all of the stripes you can see

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This first week in NYC has brought many surprises. During our first day on the internship, we spotted A$AP Rocky while heading to the Subway. He was filming a music video for his song “Magnolia.” I’m pretty positive he winked at Libby after she yelled out to him “You’re hot!” A$AP would totally rock a Kule tee. If only one of us had a shirt under our arm that we could have tossed to him while he danced on a construction site.

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Taken by our tripod friend

After just one week, I am already falling in love with this city. New York is full of people — actors, musicians, designers, entrepreneurs, dog-lovers, hippies, martial artists, food lovers. The list is endless. And that’s what makes this city so beautiful — the diversity of who you walk by on the sidewalk and sit next to on the Subway. There is so much to feel excited about. No matter where I go or who I meet or what I do during these next few weeks, I know one thing for sure: I’ll be wearing stripes to lead me in the right direction.

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Heading uptown with a delivery