Akomplice Clothing has teamed with NFL tight end Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers for a collaborative release, dropping two tee with proceeds going to a good cause.
The limited edition tees feature a stylized photographic image of Vernon Davis shot by award-winning photographer Tim Mantoani, and are available in either white or black colorways.
They will sell for $30, with 50% of the proceeds from the sales benefiting children in the U.S. and Africa.
“There’s a lot of need everywhere in the world,” says Davis. “This is one way to make a difference in the lives of children in Africa and here at home.”
Akomplice and Davis are donating froms ales of the white tees to Young Audiences Arts for Learning, the largest single arts education organization in the U.S., serving more than 5 million children annually.
“All young people need the arts,” said Young Audiences Arts for Learning national executive director David Dik. “But, research shows that children from low-income families benefit most significantly from gaining exposure to the arts, improving their academic performance, their community involvement, and their workplace readiness. With the help of Akomplice and Vernon Davis, Young Audiences will continue to partner with schools and community organizations throughout the nation to ensure equity and access in the arts for all children.”
“I grew up in a tough DC community where the arts were no where to be found, so I had to wait to discover art years later in college. Our goal is to help create opportunities for kids right now,” added Davis.
The purchase of a black T-shirt provides a free t-shirt for a child in Africa to be distributed by Starkey Hearing Foundation during an upcoming 2012 mission trip. Starkey Hearing Foundation has given the gift of hearing to more than half a million people around the globe.
“It will be our pleasure to deliver these t-shirts to children in Africa during our hearing mission trips to further brighten their lives with this gesture of goodwill,” says Brady Forseth, Co-Executive Director of Starkey Hearing Foundation.
“Teaming with NFL star and playmaker Vernon Davis and a philanthropic titan like The Starkey Hearing Foundation, who have graciously offered to deliver the t-shirts, is a perfect way to leverage our brand with theirs to make a positive impact on the lives of children who need our help,” says Patrick Liberty, Co-Founder of Akomplice Clothing.
The Akomplice x Vernon Davis tees are available online at Akomplice’s website Akomplice-Clothing.com or VernonDavis.tv, as well as in select stores around the country including TRUE (San Francisco), CRSVR (Las Vegas), MLTD.com, PickYourShoes.com, Reflections 2 (New Orleans), and The Deuce (Artesia, CA).