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Any Orange is the New Black fan can agree that some women need second chances. Former mortgage broker Fif Ghobadian believed exactly that when she and stylist Alice Larkin Cahan launched Road Twenty-Two. The SF-based fashion brand —made in the U.S. with natural fabrics— released its first collection of t-shirts last November. But, in a twist of sorts, Road Twenty-Two launched first and foremost to provide women with employment barriers like incarceration, homelessness, and substance abuse with jobs.
"Every one of us deserves a chance," Fif explains. But not everyone gets to have one, especially with a record. That's why Fif named the line after the long stretch of highway that leads out of the women's prison in Chowchilla, Calif. Although employment is a major focus, Road Twenty-Two also believes that its tailored shirts fit all body types, wash incredibly well, and can stand alone as closet staples. The Elsie ($68) is especially representative of the brand with its edgy, cool sleeveless design. To give the tees a try (and to support the humanitarian mission), head over to 7 on Locust and Dish to try on the entire collection. Or, take a leap of faith—much like Fif and Alice themselves—by ordering directly from Road Twenty-Two online.
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