The "Stay Steady" bandana is designed by Emily Kelley aka Land and She Studio,
The chosen charity is World Central Kitchen (WCK)
"Stay Steady" was the first "Community Collection" design we commissioned, and it came during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, the virus had forced us all to re-think the ways in which we interact with not only each other, but the natural world around us. Emily's design draws inspiration from that balance that exists between different communities - physical, existential, human, natural, etc. – and how 2020 revealed just how fragile that balance can be.
If this difficult year has taught us anything, it's to never take the farmers, field workers, grocery clerks, waitstaff, and other essential workers for granted. "Stay Steady" is a beautiful homage to the perseverance of those unsung heroes, along with the sense of shared abundance that has led countless others to donate, share time, and give whatever they can to help the most vulnerable members of their community to get through this difficult time.
EMILY KELLEY AKA LAND AND SHE STUDIO
Emily Kelley is an illustrator, block printer, artist, and founder of Land and She Studio based in Philadelphia, PA. Land and She sells prints and goods featuring Emily's work and was founded on the philosophy that handmade work, while it may take longer to produce, ultimately creates a stronger connection and value from the artist's hands to the customer's home. Emily's work is rooted in, as she explains, "The everyday around me." Whether it be a lonely dock at sunset, a butterfly in the park, or a majestic canyon at a National Park, Emily's incredibly tactile work feels decidedly of the Earth in any setting. In creating her hand-made masterpieces, Emily is driven by "finding the tiniest of inspirations in the patters of rock formations, or feeling small amongst a vast horizon... These are the things that keep me curious and looking for more." We instantly connected with Emily's uniquely tactile work since we were first introduced to it late in 2019. After being blown away by the amazing "Red Tail Hawk" bandana she created for our BANDITS x REI exclusive collection, we knew we had to work her again.
WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN (WCK)
Founded in 2010 by world-renowned chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) is a non-profit organization that uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond. WCK has served more than 40 million fresh meals to people impacted by natural disasters and other crises around the world in countries including The Bahamas, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mozambique, Venezuela, and the United States.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, WCK activated thousands of restaurants and kitchens to feed marginalized and vulnerable communities and our brave medical professionals on the front lines. Their Restaurants For The People program mobilized quickly to address the growing hunger and economic crises on two fronts by paying local restaurants to cook fresh meals for their neighbors in need—at the same time getting food to hungry people and keeping restaurants and their teams open and working.
For the millions of Americans who have lost work during the pandemic, particularly those in the hard hit hospitality industry, WCK's work is essential in addressing the very real food insecurity they're facing. BANDITS is proud to help Emily to support this incredible organization for 2020 and beyond!