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Pyer Moss’s Kerby Jean-Raymond and Jhené Aiko Team Up on a T-Shirt With a Message

Vogue.com

Jhené Aiko and Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss only became friends this summer after attending the CFDA Awards together, but the two are already collaborating for a good cause: today, the pair revealed the T-shirt that they co-designed as part of the American Cancer Society’s new, celebrity-studded campaign to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month (net proceeds from the shirt fund the American Cancer Society’s mission to support breast cancer patients everywhere).

In 2017, Aiko started the WAYS Foundation five years after her brother, Miyagi Hasani Ayo Chilombo died of brain cancer. The organization, which helps families affected by cancer with financial support, is an acronym that stands for “Why Aren’t You Smiling,” a phrase that her brother said in the midst of his battle with cancer.

The T-shirt that Aiko and Jean-Raymond collaborated on is also a tribute to Chilombo. The white T-shirt spells out his name on the front, and there are double sevens on the back to represent his birthday, July 7. “The happy face is something my brother spray painted during his treatment, and the quote is something that he tweeted during one of his hospital stays,” Aiko says of the red smiley face and the “Looks like I iz going home” quote emblazoned below the sevens. “I would love to inspire people to contribute to the fight against breast cancer and bring awareness to the cause on a local and national scale.” Aiko and Jean-Raymond are clearly doing just that—and in slick style, to boot.

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