Jake Gyllenhaal Designed a Russ & Daughters T-Shirt to Help Benefit Struggling Eateries

Posted on: August 19th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal teamed up with local favorite Russ & Daughters to help raise funds for an organization seeking federal relief for the coronavirus-battered restaurant industry.

Gyllenhaal designed the t-shirt, which features the iconic blue fish logo atop pink salmon tie-dye. He previously donned the gear during a handstand challenge with Tom Holland at the outset of the pandemic lockdown in April.

All proceeds from sales benefit the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a nonprofit that is lobbying Congress to pass the “Restaurants Act of 2020,” legislation that would establish a $120 billion grant program to assist small operators impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Own this limited-edition t-shirt and help #saverestaurants with this RUSS & DAUGHTERS + JAKE GYLLENHAAL collaboration.  Neighborhood restaurants have been uniquely devastated by the pandemic. That’s 500,000 restaurants and 16 million people’s jobs, the majority of which belong to people of color and single mothers. Without targeted relief, up to 85% of independent restaurants are not confident they can stay in business. When you wear this limited-edition tie-dye (salmon color, of course!) you will join @russanddaughters, @nikirussfederman, @jrtup, our friend @jakegyllenhaal and @indprestaurants in helping to save restaurants, the fabric of our communities nationwide.  T-shirts are $40 and sold online only. Link in bio or go to russanddaughters.com‬ and click on Nationwide Shipping. For the next month, 100% of the proceeds will go to the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a non-profit group leading lobbying efforts to save independent restaurants.  FREE shipping generously provided by @goldbelly Thanks to @keeganmillscooke + @kellianderson  Jake’s original shirt was made by @s.golby Tie-dye style may vary #russanddaughters #appetizingsince1914 #jakegyllenhaal #tiedye #tiedyefashion #toosmalltofail

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Russ & Daughters was founded 179 East Houston on the Lower East Side in 1914. The appetizing business expanded one hundred years later with a cafe on Orchard Street, and locations in the Jewish Museum and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The shirt costs $40, and includes free shipping via Goldbelly.

Photo: Russ & Daughters

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