Shop For A Cause: 5 Brands That Give Back
Not that any girl ever needs an excuse to go shopping, but what if rather than just getting a quick (amazing) superficial satisfaction, you also got to help a great cause and change the world one tiny step at a time? We think it would feel even better, which is why we've brought you these five incredible brands – some which you know, and others which we believe will become your new go-tos for the season. Read on and join us for a charitable cause, as well as of course, a brand new winter wardrobe.
With a goal to donate $100,000 towards the tuitions, supplies and uniforms of girls in developing countries, Lovesick is partnering with I Am A Girl, and using beautiful clothes to make a difference. The humanitarian brand is not only gorgeous, giving and trendy, it is also a strong advocate for plus-sized women, and proves it by creating each beautiful design in sizes 10 through 26. A symbol of the times, this lovely label is a must for every curvy mama out there.
Everyone knows about TOMS' ongoing fight against poverty, but to be honest, it never gets old. This wonderfully charitable brand has recently launched a hot, glittery and fabulous new collection of slip-ons that we just cannot get over! Perfect for a night out, a flashy but classy midday street look or an early mimosa brunch with the girls, these babies are a dream for any metropolitan fashion fanatic. A modern new take on the shoe that started it all, these glitzy lace Alpargatas are a TOMS classic gone wild. Rock them with dark jeans and metallic accessories for a casual-chic New York look, and don't forget: with every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a brand new pair to a child in need. One for One.
Born from the minds of two California natives with a passion for the Costa Rican way of life, Pura Vida Bracelets (in Spanish "pure life") symbolize a lifestyle that is based on nothing but living every day to the fullest and not taking anything for granted. Their philosophy, much life their design aesthetic, is natural, clean, honest and beautiful in its simplicity, while their charitable nature is one of the reasons the brand has gone so far and touched the lives of so many. The Costa Rica based company has partnered with over 190 charities since its humble beginnings, and donated more than $935,358 to date. But that's not all! Pura Vida also donates 1% of its annual net revenue to environmental organizations worldwide and is constantly looking to expand its charity line to continue supporting as many causes as possible.
The Mom & Pop shop that's changing the way fashionistas buy jewelry, Alex & Ani gives back in more ways than one, and to a variety of different causes. Through their Charity By Design program, the beautiful jewelers support programs such as: UNICEF, Toys For Tots, Life is Good and Save The Music Foundation, among others. One of our golden favorites (image above) is the Spiral Sun Charm Bangle, a gleaming piece in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The sun-like spiral is smooth and the flow is rhythmic. The hues are delicate yet vibrant, and the deep symbolism behind the charm reminds us to embrace life in all its stages, always evolving and always putting our best foot forward. Join Alex & Ani on the fight against Breast Cancer and stay golden.
Wacoal, the lingerie company helping women stay healthy, gorgeous and comfortable in their own skin, is hosting over 1,200 regional Fit For The Cure events throughout the season, all in hopes of solving the problem of “fit” and joining the fight against breast cancer. Since the intimates label believes strongly in providing women with their perfect bra, for every woman that gets fitted at the company’s event (happening at various locations throughout the U.S.), they will donate $2 to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Over the last sixteen years, Wacoal has raised 4.4 million dollars through Fit For the Cure and by the end of November, the founders hope to reach their goal of fitting 1 million women and donating over $5 million to Susan G. Komen! As if that weren’t enough, the brand creates gorgeous designs in every size, shape, style and hue! So shop on, look sexy and join the cause.