We all have at least one hoodie or sweatshirt with our, our boyfriend/girlfriend/cousin/parent/cousin/side piece’s college/university’s name blazed across the front – the quintessential right of passage that ultimately makes you an official college student.
While many individuals proudly wear their alma mater’s logo, showing everyone the reason behind their monthly Sallie Mae payments for the rest of their lives, one apparel line has decided to put their own unique spin on this trend, bolstering black culture in the process.
Philadelphia’s own screen printing company, Philadelphia Printworks, has just launched their new “School of Thought” collection, featuring sweatshirts sporting the names of some of history’s greatest black leaders. It’s in the style of college logos, with fictitious institutions such as “Garvey Industrial Institute”, “University of Baldwin” and “Tubman”.
The line, created by designer Mars Five (Donte Neal) is already a big fit with locals. Philadelphia Printworks’ Facebook page provides a summary of the company’s inspiration for the line…
“The School of Thought collection imagines a different world where colleges and institutions have been established based on the philosophies of Marcus Garvey, Audre Lorde, Ida B. Wells, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver and James Baldwin. The collection represents the double consciousness experienced by African diaspora in America and creates a safe space for the praxis of liberation.”
These sweatshirts are not only great fashion statements, but a way to support black business while donning some prideful and dope pieces. Make sure you check out the full “School of Thought” collection, as well as other amazing pieces from the company, including my personal favorite, their Assata Shakur tee, here.