Like half of the internet, we were inspired by the quintessential Name List shirt. Designed by a Experimental Jetset from the Netherlands for a Japanese firm, the shirt became an international hit. Expermental Jetset's idea was to strip down the idea of a rock band to a list of four names, in an attempt to reach the 'essence' of a group.
With the Octavia/Nnedi/Tomi/Nalo/NK t-shirt, we wanted to celebrate black female writers who create a future where all of us are included. We wanted to celebrate ourselves as readers would be instantly recognize the names on the list, and what they mean. We also wanted to celebrate the fact that dozens, if not hundreds, more names could be added to this bag.
This is a limited run for Black History X Black Futures month, and we currently only plan to carry the shirt and matching bag for the month of February 2020.