At State Forty Eight we are dedicated to creating clothing for all, inspired by Arizona. But as our nation embarks on a journey towards social justice, we felt called to step up and be more intentional with that mission.

That is why we are excited to present to you the “Unity” T-shirt. In collaboration with the locally based and Black-owned BlackLustre, $10 of every T-shirt sold will benefit ICAN.

ICAN is a free, family-centered youth service in the East Valley that provides a full complement of programs proven effective in equipping youth to achieve personal and academic success by tackling substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency.

It is part of BlackLustre’s vision to make positive clothing for the disadvantaged and the under-represented as well as give back to their communities. That is why when the owner, Steven, brought us the idea of a collaboration – it was a no-brainer.

The only stipulation we had was this: State Forty Eight wasn’t going to make a profit from the sales of the T-shirt, we simply want to be a vehicle to spread a message and give those profits back to the community.

Last week we hosted a roundtable discussion between Blacklustre Co. and SFE to talk about how this partnership formed and some of the lessons we’ve learned along the way. Check the video here for more on the collaboration and follow the links below to purchase a “Unity” T-shirt.

We couldn’t be more excited to launch this design and to put our money to work in support of the local Black community.