Designer Kelly Finley Donates Her Services to COVID-19 Essential Workers

Though the coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill over the last three months, the design community—from big brands to small businesses—has stepped up to help in a wide range of ways, whether that be sewing masks, donating goods, or organizing fundraisers. And sometimes they’re helping out by acknowledging and thanking essential workers.

Take, for instance, Oakland-based designer Kelly Finley. Finley, a former lawyer, runs the nonprofit Joy Street Initiative, an offshoot of her studio Joy Street Design. Joy Street Initiative typically works on community efforts like renovating women’s shelters in the Bay Area. When the pandemic slowed down the organization’s scheduled projects, Finley decided to redirect its resources to COVID-19 frontliners—a term she uses broadly to encompass everyone from medical professionals to grocery store employees to delivery people—by setting up a giveaway on Instagram last month.

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Porsche’s New Retro-Inspired 911 Targa 4S Heritage Edition Channels Its Racing Heydey

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It’s never too early for an exclusive version of anything. Just ask Porsche, which has followed up last month’s unveiling of the 911 Targa 4S by debuting the retro-themed Heritage Design Edition variant of the open-top sports car this week.

Set to go on sale later this fall, the special 992-generation Targa 4S is specifically inspired by the marque’s racing success of the 1950s and ‘60s, the company announced in a press release. While the nostalgic variant is not inspired by any one specific speed demon, its design features a load of historical references to the era.

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The first thing you’ll notice about the Heritage Design Editor is its racing livery-inspired paint job. While the example the brand chose to show off features a Cherry Red Metallic base, the car is also available in black, Guards Red

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Black-owned businesses in L.A. say they’re open and looking for support. Here’s a list

Chris Gibbs and his wife, Beth Birkett, at their store Union on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. <span class="copyright">(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Chris Gibbs and his wife, Beth Birkett, at their store Union on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

When Hank Jenkins opened the Plant Provocateur five years ago, he said he would often experience judgment and trust issues simply because he’s a black business owner.

“People would come in, look at me and say, ‘I want to talk to the owner,’” Jenkins said on the phone earlier this week.

Angry and hurting following the death late last month of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Jenkins said he’s trying to find ways to cope. Although many stores are beginning to reopen as coronavirus restrictions are being lifted, Jenkins has decided to move his Silver Lake plant and home boutique — a popular sanctuary for plant lovers because of Jenkins’ expert horticultural advice — from a bricks-and-mortar setting to online.

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Here’s a list of black-owned businesses in L.A. you can support right now

Chris Gibbs and his wife Beth Birkett at their store Union on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. That store, and Birkett's clothing line, Bephie, are among the local black-owned businesses on our list. <span class="copyright">(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Chris Gibbs and his wife Beth Birkett at their store Union on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. That store, and Birkett’s clothing line, Bephie, are among the local black-owned businesses on our list. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

When Hank Jenkins opened the Plant Provocateur five years ago, he said he would often experience judgment and trust issues simply because he’s a black business owner.

“People would come in, look at me and say, ‘I want to talk to the owner,’” Jenkins said on the phone earlier this week.

Angry and hurting following the death late last month of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Jenkins said he’s trying to find ways to cope. Although many stores are beginning to reopen as coronavirus restrictions are being lifted, Jenkins has decided to move his Silver Lake plant and home boutique — a popular sanctuary for plant lovers because

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