Holiday Gift Guide 2015: REACH LA

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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ant to help build a community of urban youth and young adults, where color, race, gender, sexuality, health and HIV status are no longer the determining factors of success, and where insight, creativity, and boldness are the drivers to challenge the status quo? Support REACH LA, a revolutionary and innovative organization that transforms the lives of transition-age urban youth and young adults by providing pathways to success, in an environment that ignites passion and creativity. REACH LA’s Department of Social Enterprise helps youth and young adults to create entrepreneurial activities that apply market-based solutions for the purpose of furthering the non-profit’s mission, generating necessary funding, and addressing critical social needs in the youth community.

The Ovahness Collection is a six-piece capsule collection of originally designed t-shirts, along with an exclusive pair of sunglasses. It was created by a collaboration of urban designers who, like many of us, are affected by HIV/AIDS. The designers have donated their creative work because they want to express their thoughts about the need for awareness and support for members of their generation who are affected by HIV/AIDS.


Tell Me More: Originally produced for an exclusive campaign for World AIDS Day 2013, sponsored by Macy’s, these limited editions of the designers’ products have been sold exclusively at Macy’s Beverly Center Men’s Store in L.A., with 100-percent of the sales benefiting REACH LA’s Ovahness Young Men’s HIV Testing and Prevention Program, part of a health program that offers free health and wellness services.

The Ovahness Collection T-shirts were designed from the creative works of the following artists: Sean/Milan™ (creative director/ LGBTQ activist); Shawn Frausto (graphic and tattoo artist); Raphael Cole (fashion designer–F.O. T. A.); Francisco Armenta (graphic artist/ LGBTQ activist), and Manu Horn (fashion designer/make-up artist for M•A•C Cosmetics). How Much: $40.

The Ovahness Collection’s Limited Edition Gold Logo Aztec Sunglasses (an on-line exclusive) were designed by Stevie Boi (Eyewear and Fashion Designer). How Much: $250

How to Place Your Order: Visit www.ovahnesscollection.com.