Still shopping for XMAS presents…feeling like buying something that contributes to a cause over the holidays? For the next few posts, I am going to talk about m-cause holiday season gifting favorites.

For my first pick, I need to go back to my roots. Well, at least conceptually (I am originally from Oklahoma). My #1 pick this year is a Kenyan cowboy shirt from a Kilakitu. Kilakutu means “everything” in Swahili and is the name of a Kenyan clothing company that sources its materials by sifting through secondhand clothes in Nairobi. Kilakutu is the brainchild of Bartholomew “Fisher” Sullivan. Bart must be from the south…

Actually, I am not sure that I love the mixed-up, 1970s revivalist Stetson shirt style as much as I love the names of the shirts. Here are some of my favorites:

Cha_mama
Mambo_Mbotela
Akufukuzaye

The shirts are all handmade in small batches…portion of the profits from Kilakutu sales go back into a local school lunch program in Rongai.

Kilakutu is going to ship a woman’s line of cowboy shirts in 2009. We wish them all the best, and we hope they continue with the super cool names for the next collection.

Tks to Boing Boing for the tip