LOOKING BACK SERIES 2015: Baltimore UpRising: Fashion As a Force For Good

This post was originally published in May. It is the first installment of “Looking Back Series 2015”.  Since publishing this article, Caprece Jackson Garrett’s event raised $5,000 to help rebuild For Rent Shoes, Entropy Ink & Boutique and Flawless Damsels.  All businesses are open once again. 

On Monday, April 27, the city that I was raised in became national news.  I understood the anger and through it all I could not help to think that I need to do something.

I felt compelled to write this post to share ways you can give back to Baltimore in fashionable ways.


Local Businesses Affected 

It was hard to see local businesses like For Rent Shoes, Entropy Ink & Boutique and Flawless Damsels completely destroyed.

From Taylor of Flawless Damsels:

“We would like to thank everyone for all their phone calls, emails, comments, DMs, and posts for uplifting and rebuilding of this business. We are in awe with all the love we have received since the incident. We are not discouraged and are remaining positive. We have faith and hope that we can reopen bigger and better than what we were before. We plan to remain on Monument street and plan to take everything one day at a time to rebuild a better business for our supporters. Keep my business and all the other in your prayers that were affected during the riots and please continue to pray for Baltimore and the Freddie gray family. Some of the supporters of the store started a GoFundMe account to help with the rebuilding of the business. Any amount of donations is greatly appreciated.”

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Jordan Matthews, local Baltimore designer, is raffling off  a Custom Jersey Jacket in order to raise funds to rebuild Entropy Boutique. The raffle is $5 and the winner will be announced on May 5th!

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Helping Our Youth

Peppermill Projects recently launched Bmore Love.


PURPOSE: Our hearts hurt for the city of Baltimore. We believe that through art, we can help bridge political and social boundaries as well as begin the healing process for the citizens of Baltimore and the nation as a whole. We are collaborating with artists to donate pieces of work to sell in the form of screen printed posters and apparel. ALL proceeds from sales will go directly to the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore.


Shop Local and Donate at the Same Time 

The creator of Baltimore Paper Cuts, Annie Howe is giving back by selling her prints and t-shirts on Society 6: http://society6.com/anniehowebmorepapercuts  She will donate proceeds to Baltimore Based Group United Workers.

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From Novelty Haus: ‪” #‎Baltimore‬ is part of us and we of it. We want to do what we can to help support the members of Our ‪#‎Community‬ most affected by the ongoing events here while giving you a chance to share our message of ‪#‎Unity‬ and ‪#‎Solidarity‬. We are running a ‪#‎fundraiser‬ $10 tshirt ‪#‎presale‬ until May 10th. All the details are listed on NoveltyHaus.com. All proceeds will be donated to bcf.org. ”



Be a Part of Baltimore’s Fashion Scene Uprising 

Caprece Jackson-Garrett, the founder of Wear It Out and in my words, a Baltimore fashion authority with grace and inspires me greatly, wants to bring our fashion community together.

In her own words: SIGN-UP! To-COLLABORATE as Baltimore’s Industry-Standard Fashion Community kicks-off planning a Wear It Out Baltimore! Benefit Fashion Showcase to help independent boutiques vandalized during the riots RE-BUILD their businesses!!!


THIS coming Friday, MAY 8, 2015/5-8pm, drop by & SIGN-IN @ “Nancy by SNAC” Nancy by SNAC located at 131 W. North Avenue in the MICA Graduate Student Building! Door Prizes Raffle for upcoming Event Tickets, AND a Wear-It-Out-Baltimore Showcase Moment! SIGN-ON! Spread the Word! SHARE THIS POST! Join Us!

Follow and join group, Baltimore Lift. 


*If you are a local fashion business that would like to share your story or would like to share how you are helping our community, please feel free to email me at mscharmschic@aol.com.