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First Friday with Los Rakas

First Friday with Los Rakas

You heard right. Tomorrow, July 6, downtown Oakland comes alive with the beats of Panabay. For the one-year anniversary of our downtown retail flagship, we’re celebrating with Los Rakas. The critically acclaimed duo will be filling the night with their swagger, infectious rhymes, and dancehall beats. Only in the heart of Oakland. Join us from […]

Kindah Khalidy’s curious textiles

Kindah Khalidy’s curious textiles

People in the fashion world are always throwing around the term “wearable art.” But Kindah Khalidy‘s accessories are the real thing — the patterns on her clutches and scarves are based on her own abstract canvases. If that’s not arty enough for you, she also sews her own “wearable paintings” — perfect for one-upping the […]

Salsa by the Lake is back!

Salsa by the Lake is back!

Where: Splash Pad Park When: Sunday, July 15th from 12 – 5 We say it all the time, but that’s because it’s true: the best things in Oakland are free. Splash Pad Park has always been one of our favorite spots in the Town, and on Sunday, July 15th, we’re turning the grass into a […]

Fairyland for Grownups FAQ

Fairyland for Grownups FAQ

UPDATE: The Fairyland for Grownups party is totally and completely sold out! This is great news for the park, but we know it left some folks disappointed. Whenever we hold events like this, we always announce them in our newsletter first — so sign up on the bottom of the home page to make sure […]

Line by line with George Hopkins

Line by line with George Hopkins

George Hopkins is a smart guy. After all, he chose to move to Oakland twenty-three years ago. Hopkins’ detailed pen and ink drawings explore the city’s unexplored and underappreciated architecture and history. We sat down to talk with the artist about the greatness of cities, the Oakland art scene, and received a pretty damned-good Oakland […]

Support your local swarm with Bubble Farm soaps!

Support your local swarm with Bubble Farm soaps!

Would I want to rub this on my face? That’s the question that Jean and her husband Chris ask when they’re coming up with new product recipes for the Bubble Farm Soap Co. Their beeswax comes straight from their backyard hives in Alameda. We talked to Jean about what it’s like to stand in the […]

Free tee for the Oakland-educated!

Free tee for the Oakland-educated!

This summer all OUSD high school students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are entitled to one free, limited-edition Oaklandish shirt, made just for the Oakland-educated. To pick up your free shirt, just bring a copy of your official Spring 2012 report card (the one that comes in the mail) into the Oaklandish store […]

First Friday with the Memorials

First Friday with the Memorials

Brace yourself, Oakland. First Friday is fast approaching, and this one promises to be especially wild. Come to the heart of the city as the murmur beats into the summer night. Last month, Grammy winner Thomas Pridgen (formerly of the Mars Volta) and The Memorials dropped in at the end of First Friday for a […]

.retool.’s industrial-strength accessories

.retool.’s industrial-strength accessories

A few years ago, the guys at .retool. came up with the genius idea of sewing vegan wallets with an industrial twist. They’re best known for their handmade seatbelt wallets: a sturdy, sustainable way to keep your cash strapped in tight. When they’re not sewing, they also scour the country for industrial-strength scrap materials, like […]

Hairs vs. Squares: the 1972 Mustache Gang

Hairs vs. Squares: the 1972 Mustache Gang

In the early 70’s, the Athletics were the pioneers in a “hair revolution” that swept the major leagues. For decades, baseball had been a clean-shaven sport. The ban on facial hair was an unwritten rule of the game, and many teams expressly forbade their players from sporting scruff during the season. Then one day in […]

Oaklandish presents the 2012 Innovators of Oakland

Oaklandish presents the 2012 Innovators of Oakland

We at Oaklandish are proud to present the 2012 Innovators Awards winners. These grants are our way of giving back to the city that gives so much to the world — and of recognizing the unsung local heroes who walk among us. And these partnerships are about more than writing a check — we also […]

Salvaged charm by Recyclewear

Salvaged charm by Recyclewear

Madison Hardy sees glamor in the strangest places: toilet chains, Barbie shoes, even snipped-off locks of hair. Ever since childhood, she’s been collecting tiny treasures, and giving them new life. Imagine tiny glass bottles with plastic food suspended inside, or statement rings made from dollhouse lamps. We talked to her about her family’s boat travels […]

Junk rescue with The Whiteout

Junk rescue with The Whiteout

Vincente and Vinit spend their days liberating Oakland’s junk, and turning it into a blank slate for their pen ink illustrations. Every piece by The Whiteout is an original, and comes with some hints about its former life. The pair get their inspirtation in the discount piles at Goodwill and Urban Ore, then repair, re-paint, […]

First Friday, April 6th!

First Friday, April 6th!

Come out on Friday April 6th, and watch downtown Oakland come alive. From 7 – 11, Oaklandish will be bumping with free drinks, music, and art. 1444 Broadway, in the heart of downtown Oakland. As always, this party is open to everyone with local love in their hearts. The night’s festivities will feature: Music from […]

By Nieves: skincare that passes the taste test

By Nieves: skincare that passes the taste test

Nieves Rathbun mixes up small batches of serums and sprays, made from gentle natural ingredients — but without the new age mumbo-jumbo and strange herbal smells. Her skincare line, By Nieves, includes balms, serums and scrubs are multipurpose natural wonders, safe to smooth on skin, hair and lips. In fact, the ingredients are so wholesome, […]

Spring cleaning, Oaklandish style

Spring cleaning, Oaklandish style

All across Oakland, it’s a good day to rummage. The Oaklandish Spring line drops in March, and before we can stock the shelves with the new hotness, we need to make some room in the warehouse. This weekend, boxes upon boxes of our soon-to-be-retired designs will be on clearance at the downtown store (1444 Broadway), […]

Nominate an Innovator!

Oakland’s innovators inspire our shirts, and the shirts in turn support the Innovators. 2012 marks the sixth year of annual grants given to organizations that are doing pioneering work in our community. If you know an artist, nonprofit, or other group that deserves a grant, send an email to innovators@oaklandish.com and nominate them! At least […]

The Sounds of the Town

The Sounds of the Town

We have Oakland pride every day, but from 7 – 11 this Friday, our praises will be louder than ever. Music has always been one of Oakland’s most celebrated exports, and on March 2nd the incomparable DJ Dion Decibels will release a mix of the greatest sounds to ring out from our fair city. The […]

A bright future in plastics

Even if you’re technically a grownup, Legos never stop being fun. But great design does more than make you look good — it starts conversations, and snaps people out of their dreary daily grind. Seeplus‘s Chris Mueller just wanted to make some cool jewelry out of primary-colored plastic. Then more and more people were asking […]

Video: Journey of a Shirt

We get it all the time. Where do we get our designs? How do they end up on t-shirts, and do those shirts give anything back to the city that inspired them? Our very talented friends at French Press Films helped us film a video that follows the journey of an Oaklandish tee, from the […]

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