With a new season ahead, we found four fantastic organizations that are bringing together cool fashion buys that give back. Planted all over the world, these heartwarming causes touch every corner of the globe from Japan to Africa. Make a little extra room in your closet for these cool style finds:
Quirky television personality Jessi Cruickshank is set to unveil her newest Me to We T-shirt design- the Africa Tee this week. Inspired by her 2009 trip to the Maasai Mara region in Kenya, the shirt is Cruickshank’s way of giving back. The sweatshop free tops pay tribute to the traditional Kenyan designs and geometric beadwork she experienced during her visit. Half of the profits from each purchase through Me to We will be donated to Free the Children to fight poverty, and a tree will be planted in the Maasai Mara region.
Stock up on great jewelry this fall by picking up a piece by Joan Hornig. Established in 2003, the foundation offers unique pieces ranging from stunning sterling silver necklaces to colourful stone encrusted rings. With over 700 charities on tap, Hornig is giving buyers the unique opportunity to choose which cause is most important to them. And 100% of the profits from each sales goes to the charity of choice!
Model Amanda Hearst and celebrities Rachel Bilson and Kristen Bell have recently been spotted donning eco-friendly totes in support of Fashion. love, Africa. Ryan Clements, who founded the charity, designs all of the brightly coloured totes which are woven from discarded plastic bags by the women of the Giotto Garbage Slum in Kenya. For every bag sold, $10 goes back to the Kenyan women to support their families and community.
The Flavour of the Week
Sevenly, an organization supporting charities around the world, is providing aid and raising awareness one T-shirt at a time. For every inspirational graphic top purchased from their website, $7 is given to their charity and cause of the week. Ditch your plain white T for a Sevenly and support a worthy cause.
The Fashionable Flea Market
Top model Tao Okamoto produced a very successful Rag Tag event earlier this summer to aid the Tsunami Relief in Japan. Held in Soho, New York, numerous local models, editors, and stylists dropped in to donate their own clothing, cosmetics and accessories. Friends Siri Tollerod, Alana Zimmer, and Toni Garn stopped by to support Okamoto and the cause. This fabulous event raised over $13,000 in only 6 hours, all of which has been donated to Peace Winds Japan. You can continue to show your support for those effected by the tsunami by contributing to Save Japan.
Watch Now: Behind-the-scenes at Tao Okamoto’s Rag Tag event.