Things We Love: Rainbow Alternative

LGBT teeshirtWhat’s not to love about this incredibly unique and refreshing line from Center City crafter Nicole Krecicki? (hint: the answer is nothing.)

The independent clothing line uses hand-cut stencils and spray paint for a one-of-a-kind look with street art edge, focusing on LGBT-related and pop culture inspired slogans and designs.

Tired of the “slap a rainbow on it and the gays will buy it” merchandise being marketed to the LGBT crowd, Nicole took matters into her own hands to create something original and stylish with poignant messages and funky designs.

The line includes everything from onesies for your little girl or guy (with adorable messages like “My Mommies Love Me”) to neckties, tee-shirts, hoodies, pins, and more.

And (dun dun dun) today’s your lucky day! Because she’s totally awesome, Nicole has offered an exclusive giveaway for you equally awesome Phillesbian readers. Simply leave a comment below this post telling us what you love about Rainbow Alternative, and you’ll be automatically entered to win an exclusive Rainbow Alternative Prize Pack (pictured below) including a tee-shirt and pins.*

Support Nicole by buying her merchandise online at her Etsy store, or catch her in action, vending at the following events over the summer.

Trenton Avenue Arts Festivallesbian clothing
Saturday, May 19
Trenton Ave. just west of Frankford Ave.

Philly Pride
Sunday, June 10
Penns Landing

*For one additional entry, follow @Phillesbian on Twitter and leave an additional comment below noting you are following. Please make sure you have a valid email address associated with your username. Contest is open to all residents of the United States. Entries close on June 2, 2012, at 3 p.m. Winner will be notified Monday, June 4, 2012.  



  1. Daryia says:

    I love RA because its so not the norm.Something totally different my whole family can wear her clothes and pins with pride and not be ashamed of who we are.And I love her girlfriends line of jewelry it bring back the good times for my childhood.Nicole is just like me a true mixed woman.

  2. Daryia says:

    and I follow follow @Phillesbian on Twitter as well as night owl and rainbow alternative

  3. Haley Crain says:

    I love RA because Nicole does a kick ass job crafting designs for straight allies. Her message is poignant and inspiring. Spreading the word of tolerance, compassion, and equality is everyone’s job–gay, straight, or otherwise. Nicole’s swag gets the message out there in a unique way that really catches attention.

  4. Jill says:

    Great style. It’s so refreshing to see tasteful clothing that supports our community. I love it!

  5. Tony says:

    I love Nicole herself. I don’t know her personally, but as a business woman, she is so accommodating and nice. If it weren’t for her, I don’t think the clothes would mean as much to me.

  6. Rachel says:

    I don’t own anything made by Rainbow Alternative, but every time I’m at a gay pride event or the punk rock flea market and see the RA/Nightowl table I stop and admire what they’re selling and chat with them a bit. I can by shy to the point of coming off as a weirdo sometimes, but Nicole and her partner and everyone helping them out always make me feel really welcome despite how shy I am. They all seem like really genuinely great people and I love stopping by to see them (almost always smiling and laughing).

  7. Fresh Editiion says:

    We love Ra because there message and passion is Why & How we live so comfortably. It’s true you can’t expect change if you hide who you are . For so long this country has made being gay something we should be ashamed of and hide. Beauty should never be hidden..who you are should always be known because its important and helps you stand out from the rest. We are all about living without limits and making it known that being gay is more than just Sex as heterosexual norms believe..IT’S ABOUT REAL PEOPLE LOVING OTHERS NO MATTER WHAT ..IT’S PRIDE. Fresh Edition is all about Poise so it was only right to love & be in support of RA ..Gotta love the confidence you possess 🙂

  8. Nicole says:

    I love everything RA. And some how don’t own anything (yet)! Ever since coming out, I live by that same motto/idea “You can’t expect change if you hide who you are”. When people say things about how cool it is when people like my self are open about their orientation and not ashamed I reply with the fact that you really do have to live proud for others to live free. If I can make a difference in someone’s eyes by showing them that I can live free and proud then they will see that maybe they can do the same. Stop hiding who you are. Being proud is beautiful.

  9. Daryia says:

    I love everything RA. And some how don’t own anything (yet)! I had won her girlfriend pins and necklace from cherry grrl.And I wear them with pride everyday I would do the same with Nicole’s item.I even made her an handmade hat and she loved it when I gave it to her.


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