Bracelets. We all have them. A simple way to dress up any outfit, bracelets will always and forever be a go to accessory. But what if a bracelet could do more than embellish an outfit? What if it could act as a symbol for a movement devoted to helping artisans across the globe and providing money for charities across the nation? For Pura Vida that’s exactly what a bracelet is.
When’s the last time you’ve had a meal today? An hour ago? Two hours ago? Seven hours ago? 24-hours ago? For millions of children and adults worldwide, answering this question is nearly impossible. Today nearly 925 million people have no idea where their next meal is coming from simply because they have absolutely no means by which to get it. Brother and sister duo Carmin and Christian Black and their company Half United are working extremely hard to change that.
Ask any student and they will tell you a backpack is an important thing. Carrying everything one needs to succeed, a backpack is more than a fashion accessory. It's a means to a better life; it's a symbol of education; it’s an opportunity to improve the world. That's the stance behind Stone+Cloth, a brand dedicated to giving children in Tanzania the opportunity to go to school, one backpack at a time.
Eye-popping prints and casually-cool stripes are great options for trendy summer looks. They are also staples of lemlem, a fashion line with a conscience, started by former supermodel Liya Kebede.
In 2007, the Ethopian beauty founded the Lemlem (which means to flourish or bloom in Amharic), as a way to help local businesses and showcase the beautiful woven works of her homeland. Kebede is no stranger to charity work and advocacy, having worked with the World Health Organization as a Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
Author: Natali Greco
Fashion has become such an influence on society-it still amazes me how little consumers actually know about the product they are buying, where it comes from, and what it truly represents. What many fail to realize as well is that, there are so many fashion companies that do more than provide a pretty wordrobe. Raben+Lily for instance, is a fashion brand of handmade merchandise produced by thousands of impovered women from India, Euthopia, Kenya, Cambodia, Pakistam, Guatemala, and the USA.
Raven+Lily , similar to other compnaies like them, believe in business as the best way to help those less privileged. By hiring women and compensating them for their labor through fair trade wages that in return, provide these women with, "access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real change to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families" (Raven+Lily).
Founded by Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin who share a close friendship and passion for fashion and ethical design, Raven + Lily was created as a platform to utilize those passions to alleviate poverty among women Raven + Lily currently helps employ marginalized women in India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cambodia, Pakistan, Guatemala, and the USA at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. Raven + Lily is committed to providing products that are made by hand, follow fair trade standards, and honor our eco-friendly commitment.
"Liberate came from a dream, a dream to help women find freedom from abuse, poverty, low self-worth, cultural norms that cause harm and every issue that inhibits us to live life and give love to others,” the brand Liberate Apparel declares. In an effort to combine fashion with philanthropy, the Liberate team has contributed immensely to the lives of Haitian women.
Before Liberate Apparel's creation, its founders Jackie King and Melanie Hunley had worked alongside non-profit organizations that helped Haitian and Dominican youth and families get back up on their feet after all the tragedies that their countries endured. Time and again, Jackie and Melanie witnessed young women start anew and recreate their lives, but these women were constrained and faced limited success as a result of minimal resources and little to no opportunity available to them there. This inspired a dream that soon become a reality.
“Every purchase you make can either have a positive or negative impact on the world.” These are the words that run across the top of 31 Bits’ “About Us” Page. Though short, their impact is so strong that one cannot help but want to do something positive after reading them. Luckily, 31 Bits provides you with the perfect opportunity to do just that and so much more!
In the summer of 2007, Kallie Thompson (now Dovel), then a college junior, went on a life changing trip to Uganda. While there, she came across a group of women making jewelry out of paper beads they had crafted out of old posters. Though they were impeccably made, the women didn’t have any plans or places to sell the jewelry. Unable to pass them up, Kallie returned to the U.S. with a box of some of that same jewelry and was blown away by the near instant demand she received from her friends, family, and classmates for them. From that moment on, Kallie began dreaming up ways she could both help the women she had met while in Uganda and meet the requests of her friends. One additional trip to Uganda later in 2008, and 31 Bits was born!
As of late, a great amount of fashion brands and brands in general have demonstrated a passion for the environment and eco-friendly sustainability. Among those brands are Alabama Chanin, Bourgeois Boheme, and Reformation, but the latter has caught my interest especially. The cool, bi-coastal brand located in Los Angeles and New York helps propel the eco-friendly movement forward and does the environment well in its limited production and repurposing of old garments.
In a world where many of us are defined by the types of clothes we wear, an innovative brand, Ibu, strives to change that. Ibu brings together women artisans from all over the world, showcasing their handmade designs and selling them globally both at open markets and online at Illoominata. Often funding organizations such as the Center for Women, Ibu allows people all over the world to experience the prominent fashion culture in countries such as Madagascar, Laos, India, Mexico, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Nagaland, and many more.
You know that feeling when you’re having a really bad day, and the only thing that will make you feel better is buying something? You just really, really, really need something new to ease the edge off? You might have your ‘special’ time of the month, or just feel like crap for no reason, either way not indulging yourself is not an option. Well, you can satisfy that nasty little itch, all while feeling good about doing something good: say hello to Noonday Collection.
Noonday’s conception is enough to make Ron Swanson’s cold heart break up into a million tiny little pieces. It all began when Jessica Honeggar hosted her first trunk show of jewelry in order to raise money to adopt her third child, a boy, from Rwanda. The style and purpose behind the products garnered such a positive response that her mission surpassed her own needs, and she is now helping other women and children in vulnerable situations. In October of 2011, Jessica and her husband brought home their son, Jack. Although Noonday is a much larger operation than a one-woman-show, orphan care and placement remain its core value.