The foundational philosophy of the Washington, DC-based brand All Very Goods is “representation matters.” Their designs celebrate diverse cultures, particularly Black culture and Black people, such as this collection of four graphic and colorful bandanas (each sold separately).The Simon Combs Bandana features a vibrant pattern of combs, which are a play on an adinkra (Ghanaian symbol) for beauty.
The pattern on the Oak Bluffs and Other Beaches Bandana pays homage to beaches that were exclusively created as safe spaces for Black people in locations such as Sag Harbor, NY and Highland Beach, MD. The print is inspired by photos from these places, some almost 70 years old.The print on the Little George Bandana references a slaving ship that left the coast of West Africa in 1730. Three days into the voyage, the Africans freed themselves, took control of the ship and sailed back home.
The design of the To Market Bandana is inspired by the raucous crowds moving through Ghana’s Accra Market—and the busy streets of Washington, DC.
The pattern on the High John Bandana refers to a variety of Morning Glory. Dried tubers from the flower were believed to give the wearer victory in their battles, empowerment, good luck and protection from overseers. The root is linked in mythology to High John the Conqueror, an African prince who was captured, enslaved and brought to America. Despite his bondage, his spirit was never broken. In stories, he uses his wits and good luck to trick those who were trying to abuse or take advantage of him.
All Very Goods Bandanas are designed in Washington, DC and made from lightweight, pre-washed 100% cotton. Each measures 23”sq. Gently hand wash and line dry. Fabric will soften with use and washing.
Year of Design2019-2021
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Schulman’s “Little George” design is named after a slaving ship that set sail from Guinea in 1730. “The captives freed themselves, took control of the ship and navigated back to Africa,” explains Schulman. “I found this really inspiring and for the design, I brought in the elements of sparrows, which are known for their long flights home.”
For “Oak Bluffs and Other Beaches” Schulman set out to create a bandana design that celebrates Juneteenth. “I found hundreds of photographs of Black people enjoying these holidays—Juneteenth and July 4th—at traditionally Black beaches. They were able to find joy, peace and community in these spaces.”
The “High John” design features a print of Morning Glory flowers, whose roots were believed to give the wearer victory in their battles, empowerment and good luck. “The power of the root is linked to High John, an African prince who was captured, enslaved and brought to America,” says Schulman. “Despite his bondage his spirit was never broken.”
Launched in 2019 by designer Ama Schulman, All Very Goods creates products that celebrate Black people and their histories. Each of Schulman’s bandana designs tells a story. “My undergrad degree is in history and I love the research process and how it uncovers details that shift our understanding,” explains Schulman. “I'm also obsessed with the way that cultures evolve and inform each other. In the US, we kind of operate within this mythology, that cultures are individual and distinct when in fact they constantly merge into each other and change.” All of the brand’s designs are conceived in their Washington D.C.-based headquarters, Aoko Studio.
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