SistasOfLiberty

Sistas Of Liberty Apparel

New York, United States 128 Sales On Etsy since 2019

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SistasOfLiberty

Sistas Of Liberty Apparel

New York, United States | 128 Sales

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Addis Boyd

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Announcement    S.O.L. Boricua Edition Is Now Available!

Felicidades Puerto Rico! & Happy Constitution Day! 🇵🇷

Puerto Ricans are strong, resilient, beautiful people. Even in the face of colonial rule and natural disasters, Puerto Ricans have always shown their might, a great example of which happened last night when resistance forced the governor, who shall not be named, to resign over the malarkey he perpetuated. Only fitting that this happened on the eve of the day that commemorates Gov. Luis Muñoz Marín signing the constitution into law

Today, in celebration of Constitution Day and the victory last night, I’m excited to announce Sistas Of Liberty Apparel’s newest design: The Boricua Edition!

We were blessed to have worked with the incredibly talented Abraham Cecilio! Abraham was born and raised in Puerto Rico.

This hermana de libertad is wearing a Puerto-Rican-flag-inspired Plena and Bomba (traditional clothes made for dancing to African rhythms). This dress also features small hibiscus flowers, which are common to the island. The arched text “Borinquen hija del mar y el sol” is a verse of the Puerto Rican national anthem, that translates to Borinquen, daughter of the sea and sun. The brick door frame represents the Spanish architecture seen in Viejo San Juan, and the symbols on the brick are from the indigenous Taíno people. Behind this Sista is the popular landmark, the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a fortress made by the Spaniards to defend the island from invaders.

25% of profit will be donated to ProFamilias Puerto Rico, an organization whose mission is to offer reproductive and sexual health services to women in Puerto Rico.

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 25, 2019

S.O.L. Boricua Edition Is Now Available!

Felicidades Puerto Rico! & Happy Constitution Day! 🇵🇷

Puerto Ricans are strong, resilient, beautiful people. Even in the face of colonial rule and natural disasters, Puerto Ricans have always shown their might, a great example of which happened last night when resistance forced the governor, who shall not be named, to resign over the malarkey he perpetuated. Only fitting that this happened on the eve of the day that commemorates Gov. Luis Muñoz Marín signing the constitution into law

Today, in celebration of Constitution Day and the victory last night, I’m excited to announce Sistas Of Liberty Apparel’s newest design: The Boricua Edition!

We were blessed to have worked with the incredibly talented Abraham Cecilio! Abraham was born and raised in Puerto Rico.

This hermana de libertad is wearing a Puerto-Rican-flag-inspired Plena and Bomba (traditional clothes made for dancing to African rhythms). This dress also features small hibiscus flowers, which are common to the island. The arched text “Borinquen hija del mar y el sol” is a verse of the Puerto Rican national anthem, that translates to Borinquen, daughter of the sea and sun. The brick door frame represents the Spanish architecture seen in Viejo San Juan, and the symbols on the brick are from the indigenous Taíno people. Behind this Sista is the popular landmark, the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a fortress made by the Spaniards to defend the island from invaders.

25% of profit will be donated to ProFamilias Puerto Rico, an organization whose mission is to offer reproductive and sexual health services to women in Puerto Rico.

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About SistasOfLiberty

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Founded in 2019, Sistas of Liberty (S.O.L.) Apparel supports, encourages, and promotes the equality of all women, especially those of color. Similarly to the Statue of Liberty, a Sista of Liberty serves as a symbol of freedom to women, and represents not only the liberation from, but also the dismantling of a patriarchal society that attempts to chain femininity below masculinity.


Story
The idea was inspired by a fellow Columbia student who sculpted a small version of the Statue of Liberty, added an Afro to her, and covered her in hip-hop lyrics. In visualizing this, I wondered first what a Black Statue of Liberty would look like, and next, what Statues of Liberty of other ethnicities would look like. I thought of a scene in the finale of Shonda Rhyme’s hit show, Scandal. The main character, Olivia Pope, is the subject of a presidential-like portrait hanging in what is presumed to be the National Portrait Gallery. Similar to real life when former First Lady Michelle Obama’s official portrait was first released to the public and a little Black girl was photographed staring at the painting with wide-eyed admiration, the Scandal series final scene shows two young Black girls staring with awe and admiration at Olivia Pope’s portrait. That scene stuck with me. I wanted to create an image that sparked the same inspiration for young girls, like my little sister, to realize that they too have power and more than every reason to have equal rights. Designer, Gabriel Reid, who’s also my cousin, was able to use his amazing talents to bring this idea to life.

After formulating the name “Sistas Of Liberty” and knowing what we wanted our mission to be, I researched more about the topic. In doing so, I came across a social media page called Sisters of Liberty that sought to “re-appropriate patriotic images and give them meanings that empower American women...” and capture those images on t-shirts, bumper stickers, etc., with proceeds benefitting organizations that empower women. Although the page did not inspire any of our ideas, we acknowledge and recognize that Sistas of Liberty is similar, but with a different spin. Like the Black History Month Edition/design that launched our brand, future S.O.L. apparel will feature other “sistas” of various heritages— and proceeds will benefit an organization/charity that directly supports women of the respective S.O.L. design’s heritage.


Giving Back
S.O.L. Apparel actively supports the empowerment of women. 25% of profits made by each S.O.L. design are donated to an organization/charity that directly supports women of the respective S.O.L. design's heritage.


Charities/Organizations S.O.L. Apparel Supports:

25% of all Black History Month Edition merchandise is donated to Black Girls Code, an organization whose goal is to "increase the number of women in color in STEM fields." http://www.blackgirlscode.com

25% of all Desi Edition merchandise is donated to the Thaakat Foundation's DREAMS project. This project is dedicated to building educational centers in Pakistan. http://www.thaakatfoundation.org/our-projects/#pakistan

25% of all Boricua Edition merchandise is donated to Profamilias Puerto Rico, an organization that provides reproductive and sexual health services to women in Puerto Rico. https://www.profamiliaspr.org

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Shop members

  • Addis Boyd

    Owner, Designer

    Addis is the Founder & Assist. Designer of Sistas of Liberty Apparel. Raised in Columbus, OH, he now attends Columbia University. Addis is proud to support the empowerment of all women, especially those of color, and gender equality in the U.S.

  • Gabriel Reid (IG: @gabrielcreates)

    Designer

    Gabriel is the Lead Designer of Sistas of Liberty Apparel. Raised in Kansas City, he now attends Northeastern University. Gabriel is eager to share his art and designs to support the empowerment of women of color and gender equality in America.

  • Fatima Baig (IG: @fatimarbaig)

    Designer

    Fatima is a graphic designer & illustrator from Pakistan, specializing in branding & visual identities. Fatima graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore. Her portraits express her appreciation of beauty that she sees in people & the cosmos.

  • Abraham Cecilio (IG: @liomal)

    Designer

    Abraham is an illustrator and graphic designer born and raised in Puerto Rico. He holds a bachelors degree in communication technologies and also majored in graphic design while in college. Abraham exemplifies detail and care in his work.

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  • Online Print Shop

    Charlotte, NC

    Online Custom T-Shirt printer and Shipper

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Last updated on Feb 17, 2019
Frequently asked questions
How soon will I receive my order?

Customers should expect to receive their order usually within 5-10 days of purchase.

Is the Black "Sista of Liberty" the only S.O.L. design you plan to sell?

No! S.O.L. Apparel plans to unveil many more Sista of Liberty designs, representative of various ethnicities and cultures, as the year progresses. Be on the lookout!