There have been funky Fluevog shoes and pretty gold and silver pendants. Now comes word that a cool retro T-shirt from East Van's Jackson's General store and Visual Thoughts designer E. Villagomez has raised more than $500 for the DTES Women's Centre in Vancouver.
The tribute to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry comes in bright vintage yellow emblazoned with familiar red-and-brown "BoHenry!" and sells for $25. The tagline? "Calm. Kind. Packed with Guts!"
Five bucks from every shirt made (not sold) goes to the centre, which provides support, basic necessities, and a safe space for women and children in the Downtown Eastside.
At last check, there were lots still available, with Men's Gold M&O brand shirt in sizes small to XXL, and women's American Apparel Sunshine sizes small to XXL.
You can order them here, and there is pickup available at the store (1490 Kingsway), where COVID-19 protocols are in place.
We called Jackson's General store the "best one-stop shop for beard wax, East Van merch, and gourmet pickles" in our last Best of Vancouver issue. Housed in a retro space near Kingsway and Knight Street, the space has a heritage window sign that harks back to the East Van of old. The latest brainchild of Grubwear founder Mike Jackson carries everything from eco products to food and clothing, all with a sustainable, buy-local feel.
Henry's near-celebrity status during the pandemic has spurred a small wave of local fashion fundraisers, including a "Bonnie bee" pendant, a tee with her best-known catchphrase, and two-tone pink John Fluevog-designed shoes.