If you don't know Gem Spa, "Gem Spa is an NYC Institution and a landmark corner store that was in the heart of the East Village for close to 100 years. It is the birthplace of the authentic NYC egg cream and has a storied history with so many iconic figures including Madonna, Basquiat, The New York Dolls (pioneers of Punk Rock), Patti Smith, The Ramones, Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Ted Berrigan, Robert Mapplethorpe and so many more!" well now you know. Support small businesses in NYC, before it's too late.
As a fan of Gem Spa, especially the Egg Cream Soda and the wild NYC history I have been following them on instagram and supporting as I could. When they asked if we wanted to collaborate on a tee, I was all in. Unfortunately due to economic situations and the crazy rents stores are being charged Gem Spa had to recently close it's doors but are still operating online at www.gemspanyc.com and bringing colaborations with local NYC artist so be sure to check the out and follow on instagram besteggcream . To read more history click this link
When we were first in discussion I was going to donate all the profit to help keep the lights on but since that has changed I wanted to donate my share of the profits to help keep NY institutions like Gem Spa and the historical building that give NYC all it's flavor to LESPI, The Lower East Side Preservation Initiative. A grass roots non profit working to preserve the streetscapes and buildings of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Specifically, East Village, Chinatown and Lower East side. LESPI does this primarily by advocating for and effecting New York City landmark designations, and through education and outreach initiatives. If your sick of seeing the beautiful architecture that brought you to this city disappear into glass condo boxes for rich yuppies then help support LESPI and make a donation or volunteer to help. For more information go to https://lespi-nyc.org/ and follow on instagram at nyc_lespi
This tee is printed on a buttery soft Combed Ringspun Cotton tee made in USA. The artwork for the Egg Cream was done by a local NY artist, The Gem Spa lettering is 80's style velvet flock lettering and was printed in Ridgewood by our friends @classyscreens This version is limited to 35 pieces and will be a piece of NYC history as Gem Spa was. Thank you for supporting our friends here in NYC and us at Left Field!