Me sporting my very first "shemagh", last year. I can't find this damn thing anywhere. I miss it :(

They're seen adorning the necks of your favorite rappers--Yes, you YE. They're draped messily around the necks of your everyday "hipsters" and corner boys alike, and if you're from New York or have been in the city for at least a day, you've seen them on the corners located right next to the friendly bodegas, on the tables of vendors, or where my mom and I recently purchased my second, and her first--mine tan and black, and my mother's-black and white--on Canal Street. The trend is not new and is quite familiar, actually. And anyone who's anyone knows that the shemagh, the arabian-influenced plaid scarf that infiltrated urban culture--I'll guestimate and say about a few years ago--continues to thrive, and it's safe to say, they're here to stay. I'll admit, there was a time that I was beginning to get sick of those fringed and sometimes sloppily-stitched pieces of cloth, but I can't quit wearing them. They're convenient, they come in an assortment of colors, and for six to eight bucks,depending on what borough you're in, you can't beat the price. But how about switching up the steez a bit, without completely changing up the formula. Try A Peace Treaty, though about three times pricier then the shemagh knock-offs, scarves created by A Peace Treaty bring purpose to the trend.

Conceived by the minds of Farrah Malik, a Pakistani Muslm and Dana Arbib, a Libyan Jew, A Peace Treaty has been on the streetwear radar for a minute. A Peace Treaty sets itself apart from the rest, by presenting more than just a must-have accessory, by creating jobs for skilled craftsmen and women in disadvantaged parts of the world. The duo also helps contribute to bringing medical supplies to Darfur, through donations from the line. Together, the two infuse their love for culture and high fashion into a collection of one-of-a-kind woven scarves. And not only do the innovative patterns and vibrant colors offer more versatility than their less costly, but cheaper quality counterparts. A Peace Treaty proves that depth can be measured by piece of cloth.

Browse A Peace Treaty's '08 collection at apeacetreaty.com.



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