Fashion designer Patrick Kelly generated controversy when he created a lapel pin featuring Black babydolls that some found offensive. Patrick & volunteers would sit in the studio adding pins and accessories to tons of these dime-store plastic baby dolls to give as gifts.
Kelly told Essence magazine, “Recently somebody Black told me they were harassed about wearing the Black babydoll pin. And I thought, you can wear a machine gun or a camouflage war outfit and people think it’s so chic, but you put a little Black baby pin on and people attack you.”
According to The New York Times, Kelly also said, “I don’t know if the N.A.A.C.P. would like my dolls”—the organization didn’t, and took objection to the golliwog logo on his label and shopping bags—“but they give me pleasure.”
The pins became his trademark, and he gave them away to everyone he met.
I never imagined I'd ever find one, much less find one that Kelly himself gave to a department store buyer.