Who doesn’t love finding things that make your heart go pitter-patter — a fabulous dress, the perfect cozy graphic tee, or a beautiful necklace? But what if those things could also give back to someone in need?
That’s the idea behind the 12 charitable fashion brands in this story. Many of the items are created by artisans across the world, providing them with jobs and long-term solutions. Others simply make donations to great causes for every purchase received. Which brands and charitable causes do you support?
1. Noonday Collection
Noonday sells fair trade jewelry and accessories like belts and purses from across the globe. Proceeds support more than 1,000 artisans worldwide and provide interest-free loans, scholarship programs, emergency assistance, and more. Plus their jewelry is just plain adorable and the styling in their catalog is beyond inspirational!
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2. 4Love Clothing
Created by Lindsey Parry, 4Love was inspired by the book Half the Sky, by Kristof and WuDunn. With each page that Lindsey read, she knew she wanted to find a way to empower women. 4Love’s maxi dresses are manufactured in the USA and then exported to the Republic of Panama, where the women of 4Love add their signature, one-of-a-kind, handmade embellishments to each dress. When you purchase from 4Love, you are providing stable employment to the indigenous women that 4Love employs with fair trade wages, and ultimately empowering and giving them confidence!
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3. Headbands of Hope
Headbands of Hope helps kids with cancer in two distinct ways. For every headband purchased, one is gifted to a little girl with cancer, in hopes of lifting her spirits and helping her cope with losing her hair. In addition, $1 per headband is given to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. With hundreds of cute headbands to choose from, you really can’t go wrong!
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4. Market Colors
Market Colors, Inc. sells products made by groups in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Malawi including purses, laptop cases, iPad carriers, scarves, rugs, and accessories. Each product is 100% handmade and accompanied by a product card, providing details about the African craftsman who made it.
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Elegantees manufactures modest and affordable dresses and tops. They employ women rescued from sex trafficking in Nepal and the United States. Sewing jobs give these precious women a sense of dignity, and proceeds benefit The Nepali Rescue Project and Restore NYC. Elegantees helps restore lives by sewing one tee at a time!
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Each week, Sevenly launches a new cause campaign and $7 from every item purchased that week goes to the weekly charity. Sevenly has successfully unlocked not only a way to crowd fund for causes, but to drive massive social awareness as well. They sell fun and cool clothing and accessories for men, women, and children.
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When you buy a pair of TOMS Shoes, you are also helping improve the health, education, and well-being of a child. Available in hundreds of styles, TOMS Shoes for women, men, and children are not only a fashion statement but a charitable one as well.
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8. Krochet Kids International
From super-cute graphic tees to crocheted headwear, Krochet Kids International has a little bit of everything for men, women and children to shop. And through their unique model, they are empowering the women of Northern Uganda and Peru with the assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The result is long-lasting and sustainable change.
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Since 2007, Light Gives Heat has partnered with local artisans in developing countries to create consistent incomes where there once were none. Through their brands SUUBI and EPOH, in-country staff has created long-term partnerships with artisans to create beautiful handmade products to grace the shoulders, necks, and wrists of fashion conscious consumers in America and beyond. Check out their website for great necklaces, and apparel for men, women, and children!
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10. Nightlight Design
Nightlight is an international organization committed to addressing the complex issues of commercial sexual exploitation. Their local offices build relationships with victims of commercial sexual exploitation and those who are at-risk to provide hope, intervention, rescue, and assistance by offering alternative vocational opportunities, life-skills training, and physical and emotional support. Their online store is full of cute, affordable jewelry for women and men.
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11. Five Pound Apparel
No matter what you buy from Five Pound Apparel, your purchase is guaranteed to benefit someone, somewhere. Every brand they carry has a charitable cause – from FEED accessories and tote bags to TOMS Shoes, and a plethora of Missouri-themed gift items (they are based in the Show Me State).
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12. Rebuild Globally
Rebuild Globally employs local Haitian artisans with living wage jobs to repurpose post-consumer products (tires and trash) into hand-crafted tire sandals, recycled food, and candy wrapper handbags.
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