Two years ago, Tennessee Thomas signed the lease on a small retail space in the center of Manhattan's East Village but had nothing to fill it. "I had to call out to the community—like, 'We've got a shop! Does anyone have anything?'" Because Thomas is the person she is—drummer for the band Summer Moon, a DJ, and best friend of Alexa Chung—the people she hit up, many of whom are multihyphenates like herself, had plenty to offer.
That's why it took no time to fill her shop, The Deep End Club, with the cheerful 1960s-inspired gear it's known for today, allowing Thomas to also use the space as the activist headquarters she intended it to be. "When I first moved to New York, Occupy Wall Street was happening and I was really excited about that," she says. "I got here and it was like the fucking '60s. I was like, This is amazing!" But once things began to quiet down, Thomas explains, she had to come up with a way to keep the fire burning.
Today, the shop partners with organizations like The Wolf PAC and Lady Parts Justice to throw regular events like radical-crafting parties, neighborhood cleanups, equinox meditations, and Bernie Sanders activist trainings. "My friends and I thought it'd be really fun to have a space where we could have these types of conversations all the time. We're not claiming to know anything," says Thomas, "but we're all on this journey together."
Here, Thomas shares her top five picks from the shop for fall. In case you were wondering what to wear to the Global Climate March next weekend, look no further.