Generosity meets style and nerdom with Out of Print‘s sweaters, T-shirts and other literary accessories. Following a one-for-one donation model, for each product sold, the online retailer donates a book to Books For Africa, an organization that collects and distributes books to children in Africa.
“From day one we wanted to use our business as a vehicle to help do good,” said Todd Lawton, who created Out of Print Clothing with his business partner and childhood friend, Jeffrey LeBlanc, in an interview with the Freelancers Union. “We found Books For Africa and really liked how they operate. They have a simple mission — to distribute books to students of all ages in Africa — and are very efficient. We also were excited about our ability to help promote their organization.”
The company says it has sent more than 1 million books to communities in need in 22 countries through its partnership with Books For Africa. Although some of my favorite books (The Bluest Eye, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) have yet to be immortalized in wearable form from Out of Print, the online shop has some pretty cool literary gems.
This Library Stamp Long Sleeve is a throwback to the days when the library was life for young bookworms like myself. It gets extra points for having dates from my birth year of 1984, which, incidentally, is saluted in an awesome red long sleeve for the dystopian novel written by George Orwell.
See which vibrant, book-inspired garment took the crown after the jump!
Another top choice for me is The Little Prince Long Sleeve, inscribed with its French title, Le Petit Prince. Penned by French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince is a favorite read among many friends who cite it as a timeless inspiration. Not only that, but the bright blue color and hints of coziness are huge selling points.
I’m gonna need all my bibliophiles to check out this website! I’d be delighted to receive just about anything from Out of Print because really, it’s a gift that literally keeps on giving.