Kemio, the Japanese influencer, is constant the #CeaseAsianHate dialog through a T-shirt collaboration.
Kemio has partnered with Private Policy and Uprisers on the creation of a T-shirt, the proceeds from which will probably be donated to nonprofit Hate Is a Virus. The shirt, $30, will probably be offered through Uprisers’ web site.
“I wanted to use my platform to raise awareness to the community,” Kemio informed WWD through telephone. The shirt design incorporates a flower, the kind of which he didn’t specify, that his grandparents would preserve of their dwelling in Japan.
The significance of the shirt, mentioned Siying Qu, Private Policy’s cofounder, is “respect for the AAPI community.”
“We think fashion has a responsibility to be a part of this, to spread this to a people-to-people level, design, marketing, retail production,” Qu mentioned. “It’s important for those who work within the industry to see and feel supported.”
Michelle Hanabusa, founding father of Uprisers, mentioned trend manufacturers are integral to constructing “a more equitable future. As everyone’s level of awareness is different, people are “in a different place when it comes to activism work,” she mentioned.
“There’s a lot of un-learning and learning to do, and paying homage to those people who have been on the ground doing this work for decades now,” she mentioned. “It’s really important for brands to stand by something and be able to share that with our audience.”
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