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It's a win-win on commonthreadz.com: You snap up a limited edition, artist designed T-shirt, and all the proceeds go toward buying school uniforms for kids in developing countries—plus an additional charity of the artist's choice."
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"We write about T-shirts a lot on this blog. And, why not? They’re in our closet, they fit — our jeans would be lost without them. However, we’re much more keen to write about tees that help African children get much-needed school uniforms. Common Threadz uses the same spiel other hip T-shirt moguls do about about up and coming artists creating eco-friendly shirts for celebrities that like their shirts arty and eco-friendly. But, the cash you’re dropping on these shirts directly funds children who can’t afford this expensive necessity. And these kids aren’t going to expensive prep schools — the fact is without a school uniform, they’re not allow to get an education. If you’re thinking about heading over to Threadless this morning (of which we’re big fans), detour and spend the same amount to do a bit of good." — JoshSpear.com
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“Design For Good” :: Action sports Riders get creative for African orphans
November, 2 2009—Commonthreadz.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has partnered with ActionProfiles.com to create the Design For Good campaign to benefit orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. Action Profiles will be hosting a design contest with its action sports community to create a new shirt design for Common Threadz’s line of stylish, eco-friendly apparel. The theme of the contest is “hope”. Common Threadz will sell the winning designs, with 100% of funds raised going to the orphans; no funds will be diverted for administration. "Common Threadz is one of those rare non-profits that is extremely effective in their mission while staying relevant to youth culture," explains AP Co-Owner Jesse DenHerder. “Action sports athletes are creative by nature and ActionProfiles is a perfect venue to harness it.”
Zac Folk, founder of CommonThreadz added, “It’s great to be working with ActionProfiles on this project and to witness how the nonprofit and private sector can work together in a win-win fashion. We’re excited to see the designs and hope to make this an annual contest.”
AP has also put together an elite team of judges who will be announcing the winning design including: Monica Staniec- Board member of WIAS (Women in Action Sports) and VP of Marketing at iMa, a marketing and PR agency that targets the actions sports, art, music and fashion markets. Monica is also an active Snowboarder and enjoys surfing. Luiz Calado – Photographer, writer and award winning editor, Luiz’s work has been published in many US and Brazilian publications including Thrasher, Tribo, SKT, Veja, and Yeah! Magazine. With degrees in Communications and Photojournalism, Luiz blends insight and ingenuity in his reporting, while remaining true to his skateboarding roots. Wendy Burkman- Co-Founder/producer of the Wanda Show and media personality for ActionProfiles.com. Wendy is also a talented singer/songwriter and model.
The Design For Good T-shirt design competition kicks off on Nov. 1st. Submissions are welcome from November through December 23, 2009 and we encourage artists from all over the world to submit their entries. The winner will receive national exposure as an artist/humanitarian, and a generous prize package from our sponsors, including watches, headphones, apparel and much more. Presentations to the winner and commercialization of the T-shirt designs will take place in January. For more info go to: www.actionprofiles.com/designforgood or www.commonthreadz.org/designforgood
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For More Information, Contact: Zac Folk Phone: 512.913.9369
Note: High-resolution images of t-shirts and orphan artists available upon request
CommonThreadz.org Launches The Orphan Collection to Provide Nutritional Assistance to African Orphans
The Limited-Edition T-Shirt Collections Features Original Artwork by African Orphans
(Austin, TX) – How many t-shirts in your closet are feeding malnourished children? Probably zero. CommonThreadz.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has set out to change that with the launch of The Orphan Collection, a new series of t-shirts designed by African orphans.
The Orphan Collection t-shirts are all limited editions, printed with eco-friendly water-based inks, and are available in women, men and kids sizes. Each t-shirt sold from The Orphan Collection provides the financial support needed to feed an orphan or vulnerable child for one month and provide the child with a new school uniform, school supplies and meals for the school year. The Orphan Collection’s unique designs are derived from the artwork of orphans in Obanjenie, South Africa. CommonThreadz is currently working in Obanjenie to rebuild their primary school and care for vulnerable children in the area.
“The Orphan Collection is inspiring because the children in Obanjenie are taking an active role in rebuilding their lives and community,” Zac Folk, founder of CommonThreadz, said. With each t-shirt, supporters receive a tag with the name of an orphan that CommonThreadz is able to feed for a month with that purchase. Supporters also receive a special code that allows them to view and interact with that child’s online profile, complete with continually-updated photos, videos and status reports. In addition, supporters are also immortalized on the CommonThreadz Honor Wall in Africa.
“The Orphan Collection is unique because the children have a great time with their art projects and receive the benefits of their creativity. At the same time, our supporters pick up a hip, limited-edition t-shirt and are able to watch the progress of these children as they receive the nutrition and education that their purchase helped provide. It’s a true win-win situation,” Folk said. To learn more about The Orphan Collection or to make a purchase, visit the website at http://www.OrphanCollection.com
About Common Threadz
CommonThreadz (http://CommonThreadz.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to help orphans and vulnerable children in Africa and other developing nations. The charity also has a series of shirts with designs donated by talented artists from around the world that provide a school uniform to an orphan for each shirt sold. The organization offers volunteer trips to Africa every quarter. For more information on CommonThreadz or The Orphan Collection, visit http://CommonThreadz.org or contact Zac Folk at Zac@CommonThreadz.org or call 512-913-9369. ###
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GINA RAVERA AND COMMONTHREADZ TEAMING UP TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
VIP Special Edition T-shirt Design Contest to benefit Project Reina September 29, 2008
(Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX) Actress Gina Ravera will launch a national VIP Special Edition T-shirt Design Contest hosted by non-profit organization “CommonThreadz” to benefit her non-profit organization “Project Reina.” Ravera (of The Closer, The Great Debaters, ER, and Soul Food) is thrilled to be the first celebrity to partner with CommonThreadz to launch this competition.
“Project Reina is proud to stand beside CommonThreadz, with deep respect and gratitude. Together, we will harness the power of partnership and become greater forces for good,“ said Ravera, Founder and CEO of Project Reina. CommonThreadz and Ravera are looking for a Special-Edition T- Shirt design to celebrate Gina's charity, Project Reina — a health and pro-wellness campaign created to empower young women and girls 13 to 24, especially those hardest hit in the United States by the HIV/AIDS pandemic: African Americans and Latinas. Anyone is invited to submit ideas for a great t-shirt design that reflects the cause of “Project Reina.”
“We are elated to launch our monthly CommonThreadz celebrity T-shirt design competition with Gina Ravera. Not only is Gina an accomplished actress but she is also an active philanthropist and founder of her very own charity, Project Reina. Gina and Project Reina want to make a positive difference in the world and we’re glad that CommonThreadz can help accomplish that. ” Stated Zac Folk, founder and executive director of CommonThreadz.
The winning design will be printed as a Special Edition T-Shirt line and sold online and in select stores. While proceeds of each shirt sold will go directly to Project Reina, CommonThreadz will give a school uniform to an orphan or vulnerable child in Africa for each shirt sold. In addition to having the design printed on the line, the winner of the design competition will also receive many other prizes and recognition. To submit a design and for details about the t-shirt design contest, please visit: http://www.commonthreadz.org/contest
About CommonThreadz: CommonThreadz is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is working to build awareness and inspire giving for philanthropic initiatives that help change the world for the better. Please, visit www.commonthreadz.org for more information
About Project Reina: Project Reina is a 501c3 non-profit organization created to empower girls ages 13 to 24 to cherish their lives through the promotion and support of pro-wellness and HIV/AIDS education. Please, visit www.projectreina.org for more information
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CommonThreadz launches nonprofit with artistic apparel that gives a school uniform to an orphan or vulnerable child for every garment sold
Well known artists and celebrities unite with new 501(c)(3) charity to provide school uniforms to disadvantaged children and raise awareness and funds for other nonprofits
Austin, Texas, June 9, 2008 – An education is something that most of us take for granted. Yet for countless orphans and vulnerable children in developing nations, it is a coveted luxury. In Africa alone, millions of children have never set foot in a school because they cannot afford the required uniform, or because they will have the stigma of having AIDS if they don’t have one. CommonThreadz (http://www.commonthreadz.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has recently launched in an effort to help supply school uniforms to orphans and vulnerable children in the developing world and is marrying art and fashion to help achieve that goal.
The organization is working with well-known artists and celebrities to commission designs for its socially conscious and limited-edition apparel. Ranging from women’s babydoll tees, to men’s vintage shrunken tees, all the way to infant and children’s apparel, CommonThreadz offers a variety of fashion forward looks with heart. For every garment sold, the organization donates a school uniform to a child in need.
Without an education, these children are left vulnerable to lives of crime and extreme poverty. A simple school uniform, which costs roughly $15 to $20 and is made by seamstresses in the counties CommonThreadz serves, can make all the difference for these deserving young people by giving them the gift of an education, and in turn a better life.
What’s more, the original designs are all inspired by charities and social causes, raising both awareness and funds for other nonprofits in addition to supporting CommonThreadz’ primary mission of providing school uniforms. Once the cost of the school uniform is covered, the organization donates the remaining proceeds to the cause that the garment supports. The result is a fashionable line of eco-friendly, graphic apparel that gives back in more ways than one.
“CommonThreadz was inspired by a desire to address an extremely important, yet underexposed social cause, and to utilize art and fashion to help bring that mission to fruition,” founder and executive director Zac Folk states. “For millions of disadvantaged children in developing nations, clothing is something that can either prevent them from an education or provide them with a huge opportunity to change their lives. Through our own line of socially-conscious apparel, CommonThreadz has created a vehicle to help sustain our charities’ mission while making what you wear an expression of what matters to you as well as a way to help someone who needs a hand up, not a hand out,” he finishes.
The gift of a uniform means both education and social acceptance. In addition, CommonThreadz works with local seamstresses in these developing nations, providing them with sustainable employment.
CommonThreadz currently offers over twenty distinctive designs, all raising funds and awareness for various causes. Leading graphic artists from around the world donate the designs, and each design is a limited edition. What’s more, the customer chooses the garment that they would like the design printed on, offering something for everyone with various colors and cuts to choose from. CommonThreadz utilizes eco-friendly lightweight fabric featuring unique hemlines, stitching details and a perfect "no shrinkage" fit.
In addition to the unique designs donated by talented artists, the organization is gaining celebrity interest as well. At the 2008 MTV Movie Awards Style Lounge, CommonThreadz was front and center to share its mission and apparel with some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities. Dancing with the Stars’ Shannon Elizabeth, Entourage’s Rex Lee, musician Jerry Cantrell, actress Ashley Scott, R&B star Christina Milian, Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe, October Road and That ‘70s Show actress Laura Prepon, musician and dancer Julianne Hough and Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky all picked up CommonThreadz tees and were instant fans of both the concept and the designs.
“The immediate celebrity support that CommonThreadz has received is refreshing and a huge boost for our mission of providing school uniforms to children in need in the developing world. It goes to show that people really do want to use their influence and good fortune to help others, which is what CommonThreadz is all about. We couldn’t be happier with the celebrity response,” Zac Folk attests.
Starting at $38, CommonThreadz are available online at http://www.commonthreadz.org.
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