Black History Month is right around the corner, and Old Navy is celebrating it with powerful – and fashionable – new additions to the Project WE graphic tee series. Project WE is the brand’s inclusivity initiative and is just one of the many ways Old Navy is working to make the world a better, brighter place for the next generation. This series features a line of graphic t-shirts promoting important causes, designed by amazing artists who those causes resonate with.
For Black History Month, Old Navy enlisted three talented artists to create t-shirt designs championing diversity and the Black community. Additionally, Old Navy is donating $50,000 to the Fifteen Percent Pledge in continued support of their work to advance racial and economic equity for the Black community.
The first artist Lo Harris, is a New York-based animator and educator. Harris’ vibrant design is an ode to celebrating black womanhood and the important friendships and family relationships in her life. Harris believes these relationships are sacred, explaining, “There’s a very special phenomenon that happens when black women are together in a space and are able to connect.”
Temi Coker, meanwhile, is a Nigerian immigrant and multidisciplinary artist who works primarily with photography and graphic design. He cites photography as giving him meaning and a sense of belonging as an immigrant who moved to the United States when he was 11 years old.
“I want someone who looks like me to see themselves in my art,” Coker told Old Navy. “To see that their skin is beautiful, that black is a beautiful canvas.” His T-shirt is inspired by his strong Nigerian roots and bears the slogan “We are the future”.
Last, but not least, Destin Darcel digitally creates stunning “faceless” portraits of predominantly black women. She lends her fashionable, edgy art style to her design for Old Navy. Speaking about the inspiration behind her work, Darcel says, “Black women are so versatile, so beautiful. Different shapes, sizes, hair, everything. I just want to glorify us in every way.”
You can shop these awesome t-shirts on the Old Navy website starting today to get them in time for Black History Month. Plus, all t-shirt designs are available in adult, kids, and toddler sizes. We won’t blame you if you don’t wear anything else for the whole month of February.