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Hairs vs. Squares: the 1972 Mustache Gang

Hairs vs. Squares: the 1972 Mustache Gang

In the early 70’s, the Athletics were the pioneers in a “hair revolution” that swept the major leagues. For decades, baseball had been a clean-shaven sport. The ban on facial hair was an unwritten rule of the game, and many teams expressly forbade their players from sporting scruff during the season. Then one day in […]

Oaklandish presents the 2012 Innovators of Oakland

Oaklandish presents the 2012 Innovators of Oakland

We at Oaklandish are proud to present the 2012 Innovators Awards winners. These grants are our way of giving back to the city that gives so much to the world — and of recognizing the unsung local heroes who walk among us. And these partnerships are about more than writing a check — we also […]

Salvaged charm by Recyclewear

Salvaged charm by Recyclewear

Madison Hardy sees glamor in the strangest places: toilet chains, Barbie shoes, even snipped-off locks of hair. Ever since childhood, she’s been collecting tiny treasures, and giving them new life. Imagine tiny glass bottles with plastic food suspended inside, or statement rings made from dollhouse lamps. We talked to her about her family’s boat travels […]

Junk rescue with The Whiteout

Junk rescue with The Whiteout

Vincente and Vinit spend their days liberating Oakland’s junk, and turning it into a blank slate for their pen ink illustrations. Every piece by The Whiteout is an original, and comes with some hints about its former life. The pair get their inspirtation in the discount piles at Goodwill and Urban Ore, then repair, re-paint, […]

First Friday, April 6th!

First Friday, April 6th!

Come out on Friday April 6th, and watch downtown Oakland come alive. From 7 – 11, Oaklandish will be bumping with free drinks, music, and art. 1444 Broadway, in the heart of downtown Oakland. As always, this party is open to everyone with local love in their hearts. The night’s festivities will feature: Music from […]

By Nieves: skincare that passes the taste test

By Nieves: skincare that passes the taste test

Nieves Rathbun mixes up small batches of serums and sprays, made from gentle natural ingredients — but without the new age mumbo-jumbo and strange herbal smells. Her skincare line, By Nieves, includes balms, serums and scrubs are multipurpose natural wonders, safe to smooth on skin, hair and lips. In fact, the ingredients are so wholesome, […]

Spring cleaning, Oaklandish style

Spring cleaning, Oaklandish style

All across Oakland, it’s a good day to rummage. The Oaklandish Spring line drops in March, and before we can stock the shelves with the new hotness, we need to make some room in the warehouse. This weekend, boxes upon boxes of our soon-to-be-retired designs will be on clearance at the downtown store (1444 Broadway), […]

Nominate an Innovator!

Oakland’s innovators inspire our shirts, and the shirts in turn support the Innovators. 2012 marks the sixth year of annual grants given to organizations that are doing pioneering work in our community. If you know an artist, nonprofit, or other group that deserves a grant, send an email to innovators@oaklandish.com and nominate them! At least […]

The Sounds of the Town

The Sounds of the Town

We have Oakland pride every day, but from 7 – 11 this Friday, our praises will be louder than ever. Music has always been one of Oakland’s most celebrated exports, and on March 2nd the incomparable DJ Dion Decibels will release a mix of the greatest sounds to ring out from our fair city. The […]

A bright future in plastics

Even if you’re technically a grownup, Legos never stop being fun. But great design does more than make you look good — it starts conversations, and snaps people out of their dreary daily grind. Seeplus‘s Chris Mueller just wanted to make some cool jewelry out of primary-colored plastic. Then more and more people were asking […]

Video: Journey of a Shirt

We get it all the time. Where do we get our designs? How do they end up on t-shirts, and do those shirts give anything back to the city that inspired them? Our very talented friends at French Press Films helped us film a video that follows the journey of an Oaklandish tee, from the […]

First Friday with James & Evander

This Friday: free beer, truffled tater tots, and an all-vinyl DJ set. In the words of Jack London, “You take paradise. I’m going back to Oakland.” On Friday, Feb. 3rd, swing by the Oaklandish spot at 1444 Broadway between 7 and 11 for the best in Oakland-generated entertainment. This month, native sons James and Evander […]

Elizabeth Lydon’s handmade rock group

Elizabeth Lydon’s handmade rock group

As a kid, Elizabeth Lydon knew she’d be a rock star someday. And while she might not have an album and entourage, she’s an expert at making wearable geological wonders. Her jewelry features chunky, colorful stones and geodes, each one hand-picked and polished. We talked to her about in inspiration behind her own Oakland charms. […]

Prizes for giving back

Prizes for giving back

Some of our friends from around the Town are helping us give back to three outstanding local charities on Wednesday night. In addition to proceeds from ticket sales, the Oaklandish Give Back Benefit Show will also hold a raffle between each musical performance with prizes from a plethora of local and independent businesses. Raffle tickets […]

Oaklandish gives back all holiday season

Oaklandish gives back all holiday season

Oaklandish regularly donates a portion of proceeds to local non-profits, and this holiday season is no exception. Throughout the month of December, we’ll be taking donations in the store for three of Oakland’s finest service-based non-profits — the Alameda County Community Food Bank, the Oakland Firefighters Random Acts, and DreamCatcher Runaway/Homeless Youth Services.   All […]

My Yute teaches the language of soccer

My Yute teaches the language of soccer

When playing soccer, My Yute Soccer co-founder, Rovel “Steve” Sparkes doesn’t look for the limelight. “My biggest joy comes from passing the ball. It’s not about scoring to me, it’s about passing. I always tell myself, ‘What good is it if you have all this knowledge and you don’t pass it on?’” Sparkes has always […]

These veggies are too good to eat

These veggies are too good to eat

Margaret Dorfman makes jewelry and bowls that looks good enough to eat. That could be because she creates parchment using dried fruits and vegetables, then crafts them into wildly colorful and textured works of art. We talked to her about the best places to buy and eat, and wear strange fruits in Oakland. Tell us […]

Linda LaTouche: Oakland pride with a vintage twist

Linda LaTouche: Oakland pride with a vintage twist

Ever wanted to wear a little piece of Oakland near your heart? Linda Latouche can help with that. Her jewelry — from map pendants to cuff links — celebrates Town pride with a vintage twist. She specializes in affordable, kitschy-in-a-good-way pieces that liven up any outfit. Her map jewelry has been such a hit that […]

Plaid Friday at Oaklandish!

Plaid Friday at Oaklandish!

Wake up the day after Thanksgiving and join us downtown for Plaid Friday! We’re extending our store hours on Friday, November 25th from 10am to 8pm in order to celebrate local indie merchants. All day long, we’ll bring you gifts, treats, and the best in Oakland-made goods! Inspired by the day, we have created a […]

Get Down, Give Back!

Get Down, Give Back!

Get down at The New Parish on December 7th, and make the holidays a little brighter for your neighbors in need. Your ticket will help buy your fellow Oaklanders a hot meal, a safe place to sleep, and an extra present under the tree. The Town’s best talent is coming together to give back to […]

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