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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

One of a kind

Whoa, do you see that? How could you miss it? The shirt is a five-dollar clearance item from Burlington Coat Factory (not affiliated with Burlington Industries), but the real story, as always, is the tie. Artist/designer Jenny Lee-Katz created eight unique neckties based on traditional African motifs, which she auctioned on eBay to benefit The Pendulum Project, a non-profit organization that provides food, water, shelter, and medical care to children orphaned by AIDS. I was lucky enough to win one of those ties, and here it is. This design is Ese Ne Tekrema - “the teeth and the tongue”- of which Lee-Katz writes: "Symbol of friendship and interdependent roles in the mouth. They may come into conflict, but they need to work together." Adaptive Textiles of West Chester, PA, donated printing and production services. The keeper is signed by the designer. So to sum up: a tie with a great design, that happens to symbolize an admirable sentiment, in fantastic colors, for a worthy cause, by a talented artist, signed, and one of a kind! Needless to say, but I'll say it anyway, this one's a keeper.

To learn more about Jenny Lee-Katz's tie auction, you can read her press release.

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