Maybe my favoritest bestest thing ever? On Wednesday, New York Magazine posted author Cheryl Strayed's favorite things. She's one of my favorite people. Serious shout out to Jennifer Moeller, the costume designer for the Public theater's Tiny Beautiful Things who gave Cheryl the shirt. Besos!!
Here is what Cheryl wrote..
"Diana Kane Feminist T-shirt
The costume designer for the play version of Tiny Beautiful Thingsgave this T-shirt to me as a gift, and I fell in love with it because it’s really comfortable, but it’s cool. Every time I wear it, I get a response. Once, I was in the company of several elderly men who were so taken aback, and to have to actually explain the shirt to them was funny. I was out in the woods in New Zealand, and this young kid working in one of the lodges pretty much glommed on to me because you could tell none of the other tourists he encountered really shared his values. We went on safari in Kenya and Tanzania, and some men who were part of older couples in the group felt threatened in this old-fashioned, outdated, always-incorrect assumption that feminists hate men or think they’re all bad. It allowed me the opportunity to gently educate them, and whether they received that lesson, I don’t know, but at least I got to deliver it. It’s always a conversation piece when you wear something that announces your identity. It communicates to some people that you’re safe with me, and to others that they should watch out."
January has officially arrived, and on the east coast this week includes bitter cold (snow day even!), and the opportunity to hone in on the things that give us pleasure when the festivities have passed.
Mine include finding the space to pursue a few projects that have been waiting for the frenzy to pass: One re-boots my dedication to activism, particularly around encouraging more equality in the representation in our elected offices. One reboots my dedication to finding ways to connect with friends (IRL, imagine that!) around art and literature, an activity that consistently makes me feel hopeful, and one has been a steadfast pleasure for the last fifteen years: shopping for beautiful new items for the store and website to delight us all.
Happy New Year, folks. Come shop our sale, come say hi, Come see the new pieces from Matta, and Xirena, patiently awaiting a sunshiny future.
December shows- find us in these two amazing places:
PS 321's famed Stuff You Should Buy on December 9th, at 180 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope Brooklyn.
And, in San Francisco, (YAY!) at the VAS+Susan+Friends show at Zinc Details, 1633 Fillmore Street, Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm
And then, because OMG, goddess alert: The exceptional Lindy West in a DK Feminist Gold T, rocking my world.
Have you heard about BeautyCounter? Founded by a woman concerned with the lack of regulation in beauty products and committed to both changing that and delivering a fully vetted, effective, quality line of skin care and cosmetics, BeautyCounter has been growing exponentially. We'll have one of their freshly minted distributors- the ever brilliant make-up artist, model/actress/musician Theo Kogan- with us to help you find exactly the right combination of goodies for your needs. Stop by! 2-5pm, with hot cider, some special shopping discounts, and our ever present good-cheer ;)
Here we are in this crazy year unlike any I've yet experienced. And yet, we here at the store in Brooklyn are continuing to do what we do: bring you beautiful, well made items, fight for the things we believe in, and offer a haven of warmth, beauty, and commitment to kindness. Come see us anytime.
Some notes on what's new:
A deepening collection of buttons and cards featuring rad women we admire and appreciate from Brooklyn artist Jenny Belin, whose paintings are up in the store now.
Along with new jewelry from Verre, and me, too!
Mother's Day and May and the end of the school year and so many things are suddenly right around the corner.
The store is stocked with all sorts of warm weather goodness, including cork heeled wedge sandals handmade in Spain; plentiful stripes and fresh t shirts from Velvet; Prairie's constant sustainable made-in-Seattle super flattering pieces; fresh dresses and tops and sarongs and scarves from Matta; NEW buttons from Jenny Belin (Michelle!!!), and a host of other things.
Black tanks back in stock just in time for the sunshine
Torz's show of photographs from the January Women's March on Washington (feels like a lifetime ago, right?!) are up and giving me hope every day. If you haven't stopped by yet- do come check it out- it'll make your heart feel good, and who doesn't need that?
My door's open!
PS- Martha Plimpton wore #FeministGold to the opening of The Handmaid's Tale!!!
Martha Plimpton has been rocking my world since the 80s (yes, I'm that old).
“For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”
—Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
Feminism and resistance take center stage in the exhibition Nope: The Women’s March on Washington, Photography by Torz Dallison, currently on view at Diana Kane’s project space in Brooklyn. Dallison’s photographs capture the vitality, human compassion, and strength of the millions of protestors who participated in the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. On this historic day, an overwhelming sense of synchronicity and collective unrest unified the nation and the globe in the pursuit of a commitment to human rights and equality. Dallison’s singular portraits and large-scale panoramas respond to a universal and incisive question: Why do we march? Embodied among the strident interlocked figures, and the solitary heroines, we find a reservoir of tenacity, urgency, and activism. Above all else, Dallison’s photographs seize the subtle yet critical directive of the Women’s March to assemble and resist with civility.
Accompanying the installation is a beautiful catalogue for purchase, with an introduction by art historian Aliza Edelman, featuring over fifty images by Dallison. Nope is Diana Kane’s second feminist project following the presentation of Portraits of Women: Icons and Feminists, and will be on view through May 17. A closing party will be held at Diana Kane on Saturday, May 13, 5-8PM.
Come out TONIGHT to meet the lovely Jenni Li from Intiearth. Jenni brings beautiful textiles back from her country of heritage: Peru. She's bringing a bunch of warm, soft, colorful pieces to us for a trunk show TONIGHT. Her wares are special, many are one-of-a-kind, and all are handmade. The frazadas, her particular specialty, can be used as a rug, blanket, wall hanging, or decorative throw. They are woven by hand and colored with natural dyes using methods passed down for centuries in the rural communities outside of Cusco.
You can see a group of her frazadas in the store now, and online here. And plenty more tonight.
We'll have wine and nibbles and fun.
We'd love to see you there.
5:30-8pm, at Diana Kane, 229 Fifth Avenue
Yup. It is. What's happening in your macro life is effected by what's happening out there on the world stage and right this moment what's happening is the revelation of national misogyny on an shocking level.
What can you do? VOTE. Vote for the first woman president. Make history.
To that end we are hosting an event at the store on Wednesday, October 19th from 6-9pm.
With the election mere weeks away it's time for a last push. Come out to contribute: Raise funds for the campaign, connect with others who want ot Get Out The Vote, get your own (very limited edition) Vote Feminist (Feminist Gold meets #ImWithHer) Tee, make buttons, buy raffle tickets and other swag (who couldn't use a spa day at d'mai??), pick up a copy of the official Hillary Clinton Coloring book that Selina Alko and Sean Qualls contributed to, drink wine and hot cider, and generally keep the momentum going.
Judy Goldberg will help you organize- if you're interested in traveling to a swing state to canvass, but have never done it before or even if you have, she'll hook you up. Or if phonebanking is more your speed, she can help you there too.
It ain't over people. And it's not too late to make a difference.
Bring your friends, bring your (older) kids, bring yourself.
Suggested Donation: $10
See the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1366919546666453/
Eliza Gran's beautiful baskets are fun, colorful, and embody the New Bohemian spirit. Natural Morrocan baskets festooned with her handmade pompons brighten every space. I use them for housing soft toys, and linens, but you can use them for anything you want.
Eliza is a former Brooklynite now based in Venice California, and we're happy to represent her on her former home turf.
Baskets come in assorted color combinations. Come see for yourself.