Chella Man and Private Policy Launch Ear Jewelry Collection for National Deaf History Month
50% of preorder profits will support the Deaf Queer Resource Center.
National Deaf History Month lasts from March 13 through April 15, and the socially engaged fashion brand known as Private Policy started it off with a line of ear jewelry designed in collaboration with Chella Man. The project aligns with Man’s goals as an activist, artist, and actor. Man identifies as Deaf, trans, Jewish, and Chinese, and he travels as a public speaker discussing issues of intersectionality. He also works as an artist and has launched a clothing line in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, so this latest collaboration plays to his strengths.
Private Policy stresses sustainability and inclusivity through design, choosing a new social issue to highlight with each collection. For the new capsule collection with Chella Man, titled “The Beauty of Being Deaf,” Private Policy has launched a website featuring a video of the collection modeled by a Deaf BIPOC cast. Alongside Man, the video features Raven Sutton, a Deaf dancer and ASL performer, and Rayly Aquino, a Deaf model, actor, dancer, and writer from the Dominican Republic.
Even since I was a kid, I had never felt comfortable with the hardware behind my ears because it has always been designed by others and never by me,” Man explains. He brought these concerns to Siying Qu and Haoran Li of Private Policy, and the collection developed from there. The beautifully designed abstract gold jewelry accentuates Man’s cochlear implants, which he considers a part of his identity. The pieces pair well with existing hearing aids and implants, but those who don’t wear them can still wear this jewelry in celebration of the beauty within the Deaf and hard of hearing communities.
Shop the Chella Man x Private Policy capsule jewelry collection here. 50% of preorder profits will go to the Deaf Queer Resource Center, an online nonprofit organization that provides information about and for the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer communities.