Rapper RZA is donating a portion of sales from his in-demand menswear line to charity.
The Wu-Tang Clan star launched the contemporary 36 Chambers line, which is influenced by a mix of hip-hop and Eastern philosophy, earlier this month (Nov16), and he has now revealed that 100 per cent of all sales of a limited-edition Quilted Denim Motorcycle Jacket, which is part of the collection, will benefit The Children’s Literacy Society.
“When starting this line it was very important for us to build a charitable aspect into our company starting with the first season,” he says. “With it being the holiday season we hope to encourage others to get involved by giving to a great cause, while at the same time purchasing a great jacket to wear.”
The Children’s Literacy Society was created by RZA’s sister, Sophia Diggs, in 2009. The organisation helps to provide funding for after-school programmes.
“When my sister left my company to work for New York Human Resources, she came across so many adults with low level literacy skills,” he continues. “These people occupy our homeless shelters, prisons and are in the lowest income bracket.
“The Children’s Literacy Society aims to bring awareness to this problem, as well as offering some solutions by engaging children at a young age to discover the beauty and importance of reading and writing.”
All the pieces in RZA’s new line feature a poem by Chinese calligrapher Mak Ming Chan.
“We put a lot of attention into the execution of every piece of the line to ensure that each limited piece told a story,” Mustafa Shaikh, who worked on the line with RZA, says.