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Higher Learning 2013

Higher Learning 2013

School’s out and we’re geared up for our 2nd annual “Oakland Educated” tee giveaway. This summer, all OUSD high school students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are entitled to one free, limited-edition Oaklandish shirt, made just for the Oakland-educated. To pick up your free shirt, just bring a copy of your official year-end […]

Food Shift: Reducing Waste, Strengthening Oakland

Food Shift: Reducing Waste, Strengthening Oakland

Oakland is a hot spot for inspiring food entrepreneurs and rad food justice organizations — in 2012 Food Shift joined the ranks with a focus on reducing food waste, feeding the hungry and creating jobs in the process. 40% of food produced in the US is wasted while 50 million Americans struggle to get enough […]

First Friday 3/1/13

First Friday 3/1/13

A time for healing. This First Friday, take a moment of silence and participate in the collective healing of our city. From 7-9pm, the Oaklandish downtown store at 1444 Broadway will be transformed into an ofrenda dedicated to the memories of those who have passed. We will light a candle for each homicide victim from […]

Warehouse Clearance Sale

Warehouse Clearance Sale

Once a year, we clear out the whole shop and stack it full of boxes of tees that we need to discontinue in order to make space for the new freshness. It’s usually a madhouse, though we try to keep everything civil (if there are hoodies, limit 2 per customer). The pricing is simple: 1 […]

How do you love Oakland?

How do you love Oakland?

We are uneasy with the idea of Valentine’s Day as normally practiced, so we thought we’d give it a little twist and design two tees about love and the town. Behind the scenes, we’re having our own war of the roses about which is the better design. Choose your expression of local love, with City […]

First Friday with Club Crasherz

First Friday with Club Crasherz

We were on hiatus for January First Friday, but we said we’d be back, and the Club Crasherz will bring you into 2013 with pop, verve, flash, and fun. Club Crasherz will perform around 9pm, with First Friday at Oaklandish running from 7-11pm. Before and after the live set, we’ll be featuring our own DJ […]

Oakland’s direct line to Santa

Oakland’s direct line to Santa

This weekend, AAMLO (the African American Museum and Library of Oakland) has a direct line to Santa. On December 16th, they’ll be giving out gifts through their annual toy drive, and local kids (mostly from West Oakland) can talk to the big guy up North about their Christmas wishes. All month, the Oaklandish store is […]

Paint the Town plaid!

Paint the Town plaid!

This Black Friday, stay away from the malls and head downtown. Put your money where your heart is and support some homegrown Oakland businesses. We’ve made it easy for you – we plotted out a map of many of the independent downtown neighborhood businesses that will be open the day after Thanksgiving. Pick up a […]

What’s going on, Oakland?

What’s going on, Oakland?

What’s going on in Oakland? This First Friday, Youth Radio has the answer. Earlier this year, the Kennedy Center asked them to remix Marvin Gaye’s landmark album for a modern audience. On November 2nd, you can hear it for yourself — along with a special set by 1-O.A.K. What’s Going On is credited as on […]

Local flavor, perfectly preserved

Local flavor, perfectly preserved

It all started with a backyard garden and a classic car. Since its inception, Studebaker Pickles has captured plenty of attention with whimsical product names and experimental recipes. We talked with owner Kate Hug, about cooking disasters, the Studebaker Commander, and, of course, pickles. What’s your story? How did you end up making food in […]

Reflections of Healing

Reflections of Healing

Maybe you’ve seen them in storefronts around town: enormous, colorful portraits of Oakland’s unsung local heroes. The paintings are part of artist Brett Cook‘s Reflections of Healing project. The installations celebrate people who created legacies of healing in Oakland. Some made their mark with words, others with music, movement and food. By putting the works […]

Welcome to the Oakland state

Welcome to the Oakland state

After hours of mixing ink, tweaking colors, and folding tees, the Oaklandish Fall/Winter line is here. As always, the tees are emblems of the original Oakland culture that is often imitated, but never replicated. As symbols, they represent something that is hard to pin down or define — but you know it when you see […]

California Honeydrops at First Friday!

California Honeydrops at First Friday!

It’s a good week to be an Oaklander. Summer weather is finally here, and the A’s just beat the odds to make it into the playoffs. This First Friday (October 5th), the beloved California Honeydrops are playing for free at the Oaklandish store, so we can all celebrate like champions. The California Honeydrops got their […]

The not-so-lazy lotus

The not-so-lazy lotus

The crafty mind behind Lazy Lotus sees scarves as the perfect addition to every outfit. So she took to cutting and sewing bright and colorful fabrics as a creative escape from the spreadsheets of her day job. Her affordable adornments have been a runaway hit in the Oaklandish store. She schooled us in multitasking, the […]

Hiero at Oaklandish this Friday!

Hiero at Oaklandish this Friday!

This First Friday, September 7th, will go beyond the bounds of reason. Oaklandish will be hosting a show by the legendary hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics. They’re fresh off the success of the very first Hiero Day, a celebration of everything good in Oakland: music, food, block parties, and original underground culture. In the words of Tajai, […]

Metaphor’s manly botanicals

Metaphor’s manly botanicals

The guys behind Metaphor Organics started out making natural deodorant — but branched into soap so they wouldn’t be known as body odor experts. Their manly-scented “Full Monty” soap promises to leave you smelling “like you were just chopping down trees, saving damsels in distress and other manly things.” We talked to them about bike […]

Zion I at Oaklandish this Friday!

Zion I at Oaklandish this Friday!

Oakland, listen up. This First Friday, August 3rd, Oaklandish will be joined by the unparalleled hip-hop duo Zion I. You won’t want to miss this one. The Oakland-grown Zion I don’t need much of an introduction. Since they emerged on the Oakland hip-hop scene in the ’90s, these native sons have consistently produced versatile and […]

Loaded like a freight bag

Loaded like a freight bag

For a pedestrian, a broken bag strap or split seam is an inconvenience. But if you’re speeding downhill on a bike, a piece of busted gear can be a serious hazard. That’s where Freight bags come in handy — their custom packs have a classic look, but they’re sewn with top-notch materials to make sure […]

Blue Chair Fruit has the Oakland jam (and marmalade, and preserves…)

Blue Chair Fruit has the Oakland jam (and marmalade, and preserves…)

The ladies at Blue Chair Fruit Company are experts when it comes to berries, stone fruits and sugar (think tomato and white nectarine jam, or orange-kumquat marmalade with saffron and cardamom). Long before canning caught on with the farmer’s market crowd, Rachel Saunders was busy trying out every jam-making technique she could find. Ten years […]

What does Oakland teach you?

What does Oakland teach you?

Earlier this summer, we started giving away tees to some of Oakland’s best and brightest — public high school students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. So far, we’ve given away hundreds of tees, and we’re not going to stop until we’re completely out. There are ups and downs to growing up in Oakland. […]

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