When Fashion Gives Back

Leandra Medine | October 25, 2011

Well, this is going to be slightly less exciting than I anticipated as I can’t seem to create an eye-pleasing set of all the neccessary images to go forward with this post in a meaningful and engaging way. The technicalities here post are exactly as you’d think: fashion that gives back, duh. G(u)ilt-free shopping, if you will. After posting about The Gracelette a couple weeks ago, I’d received an e-mail from a reader asking if I knew of any other charitable organizations that utilize fashion to give back, this in turn sparked the idea manifesting itself now. So you see, I really do quite love your e-mails…don’t stop sending them. And back to the right now: Outside the confines of brands that have built their entire business models on the charitable efforts they run and support (cue the masterminds behind TOMS and Warby Parker,) I thought it might be nice to perhaps zone in on a couple you may or may not already know about. I’d intended to feature an entire outfit of goods–down to the arm party, up to the neck warmer–that benefit stealthy causes near and dear, far and wide, hugs and kisses…this is what I’ve ended with:

And hey, it’s the thought that counts…I never suggested I was a graphic designer and in any case, poor graphics shouldn’t discourage you from giving back to the greater good of mankind. Let’s break this down. 

Graphic Tees: By Marc Jacobs. 100% of proceeds from the illustrated tees go to Aids for Aids, an organization founded to better the lives of those infected by HIV or Aids in developing countries. $35 a pop, I particularly like the little blue dude on a bicycle. Buy them slightly oversized, maybe slash the sleeves and tuck ’em into your tight-ass sequined pencil skirts. It’s a win-win.
Feather Bracelet: By Kara Ackerman. Proceeds for the content of this arm party necessity will go to Making Headway Foundation Inc. A cause founded for children with brain or spinal cord tumors. Kara’s own niece designed the feather on memory of best friend, who had died the previous year from a brain tumor. $35 each.
The Feed Clutch: By Judith Leiber x FEED. A collaboration that gives back, here, here! Judith Leiber and FEED come together to create a linen evening clutch adorned by intricate beading reminiscent of a certain Dries van Awesome clutch I’m still trying to track down. Perhaps it’s time to re-assess my priorities and instead opt for the one that promises 1,000–yes thousand–school meals for children through the UN World Food Programme’s School Feeding initiative.
The Denim: By J Brand. Launched just last week, 100% of net proceeds from these denim styles will go toward City Year initiatives–to keep children in school. Everyone needs a pair of utility jeans, make it count.
The Plaid Scarf: By Thakoon. You likely know that I can get behind any garment by Thakoon, and with the inclusion of the Masai scarf–featuring the F/W runway’s hit red and blue plaid print, I may get behind a whole bunch more. $250 each. 100% of proceeds go toward aid for the drought and famine in Somalia.

Shop away.

  • JHJ

    Hi All!

    Check out http://www.joanhornig.com as well. We give back 100% of our profits to the charity of the buyer's choice. We sell at Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus stores and on our website. We give back for every purchase made, making philanthropy beautiful.

    xoxo

  • I love the FEED for Guatemala foundation. American Eagle Outfitters actually has great affordable pieces now in store. I do not think they have them online. Have a great day!

    XO Hilary
    http://thehippinista.blogspot.com/

  • Sara

    Don't forget about Warby Parker!

  • This is amazing 🙂 very inspiring, I'd love to get my hands on a few of these things!

    Olivia
    xx
    http://brokelittlerichgirl.blogspot.com/

  • This is an amazing post, so informative and helpful! I love to see brands that give back 🙂 Love the FEED clutch!

    SIDEWALKCATWALKS.com

  • this is wonderful… love fashion that gives back. nice to see some designer labels joining the ranks of tom's and warby parker. will rt this – you rule.
    xx
    http://www.theleatherweather.com

  • I agree, don't forget about WarbyParker!! & TOMS if you please.

    Love this post- keep um coming!

  • post amended!

  • great idea to keep spreading the word about the intersection of fashion and philanthropic endeavors….

  • Great post! Love this post! Its so great that so many designers and fashion brands are able to give back! House of 5th has created a Youth line of t-shirts where a 100% of the profits are donated to the Global Reading Initiative. The Global Reading Initiative is a reading program based in Uganda that teaches under privileged adults to read English.
    http://www.facebook.com/globalreadinginitiative

    Xo – Christy

  • pia

    so many designers engaging in charity and sustainability nowadays! lets hope it does not end in yet another trend.

    xo
    pia

    http://www.astylemanifesto.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    warby parker really knows what they are doing…obsessed!

  • Great Post!!!
    Love it!!!

    xx

    http://www.ilovenystyle.blogspot.com

  • Love that people are thinking globally and supporting other communities. Very inspired! Hope to be able to do the same someday soon.

  • Great post! shopping for a cause is the best <3

    http://www.blondevivant.com

  • Loving this postm honored to be a part of it! Thanks for spreading the word! xxKA

  • Always feels good to give back. Thanks for letting us know about these companies who do good : D.

  • Marielle

    such a great cause!! i applaud you 😉

  • Anonymous

    How thoughtful, I appreciate this post… fashion giving back, how amazing

  • Ever more frequently the world of fashion is stepping up to lend its voice to social and environmental issues. A cause today supported by countless designers but whose pioneer is one of the most enterprising personalities of the international fashion scene: Vivienne Westwood. And now her boundless creativity is backing the GreenUp initiative, conceived to bring the Green Economy closer to Europeans, a Tree-shirt to raise funds for re-connecting Europe's forests.
    I love it!
    I bought it!

    Greetings from Berlin

  • Anonymous
  • I am making a red ribbon dress for my schools awareness competition! Love that Mark Jacobs is donating to the cause. Check out photos of my garment made all out of ribbon as I post it on my blog

  • I love that you featured things that give back 100% of the proceeds! … And I definitely want a few of those items as well.

  • Love that all of these give back! Thanks for sharing these fab items!

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  • Amaya Barrios

    Fashion can give you style… But it can also make a change in the world. Check out this website called BluBond. It’s awesome. Blubond.com is a luxury e-commerce site and digital content platform dedicated to supporting ethically produced products and socially conscious designers. By partnering with honorable charities, they allow consumers a new way to shop for handcrafted, designer goods by donating a significant portion of the proceeds to help make a difference in people’s lives.