Italian ready-to-wear label Iceberg has teamed up with Kailand Morris, son of music legend Stevie Wonder and fashion designer of Kai Milla, on a co-designed t-shirt to benefit the Watts Empowerment Center.
The Watts Empowerment Center is currently the most active community center in Los Angeles with the largest outdoor learning hub in California, benefiting children without quality internet/computer access to attend their virtual schooling during COVID-19. The organization runs solely on donations and volunteer power by locals and VIPs including the Kardashian family and has not yet received any government funding.
After starting his own non-profit, KOM WORLDWIDE, earlier this year, Morris took a vested interest in the Watts Empowerment Center, where he was able to give over 100 care packages to underprivileged families in the Watts community.
Morris along with his manager Shawn Mann have now partnered with Iceberg on a limited run of 175 exclusive t-shirts, co-designed by the brand’s creative director James Long. Iceberg’s partnership with Morris began when he walked in the brand’s menswear spring/summer 2019 runway show during London Fashion Week two summers ago. He joins Long with experience working under Kim Jones at Dior to create exclusive merchandise to benefit the organization.
“The Watts Empowerment Center was brought to our attention by Kailand Morris and we at Iceberg felt as passionate as he does to support the work of this incredible and important charity,” said Long. “Our collaborative T-shirt is a Symbol of family and positivity.”
“What a blessing it is for myself to come together with the Italian fashion brand Iceberg and Red Eye to create these shirts and provide a donation to the Watts Empowerment Center,” added Morris. “A huge passion of mine ever since I was a kid was to be able to provide and give back to communities, families, people … all around the world. Now being able to do so through a work field that I am also very passionate about, which is fashion design is a true dream come true.”
In addition to the exclusive product designed by Long and Morris which will be given to families who are benefitted by the center and VIPs to garner awareness on the organization, Iceberg has made a sizeable donation to the Watts Empowerment Center in hopes of expanding its resources and capabilities. Iceberg will be hosting a celebratory event at the center on Wednesday, October 21st for the check unveiling, where families benefitted by the organization will receive their own t-shirts while enjoying catering by Cindy Crawford’s Malibu restaurant and playing pick up games.