Want to give to someone else when making your next purchase? Today, many retailers are noticing the importance of giving back and are creating fashion that not only provides happiness to customers, but also to those in need. We’ve compiled a list of five inspiring, up-and-coming fashion philanthropies you should be sure to check out!
Falling Whistles is a non-profit organization that sells whistle necklaces in retailers such as Fred Segal and Nordstrom. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, frontline child soldiers are forced to blow whistles to alarm of enemy onset. The retail necklaces are a loud cry in protest of this unjust practice. The proceeds of each Falling Whistle necklace go directly towards rehabilitating refugee child soldiers. Spotted on celebs like Rihanna, Beyonce, Lyndsay Lohan, and Chad Michael Murray, the trendy whistles come in original silver, gunmetal, bronze, copper, brass, rose, and pure gold.
Calling all hipsters! Warby Parker (named after Warby Pepper and pop star Jack Kerouac’s “Zagg Parker”) believes boutique-quality eyewear should not cost you an arm and a leg. Feeling the need to spice up eyewear, Warby Parker has crafted vintage-inspired shades, each with a personality of their own. Warby Parker strives not only to create fashionable eyewear for its customers, but also aims to serve those without access to proper vision care. Partnering with non-profits such as VisionSpring.org, they plan to deliver a pair of glasses to those in need for every pair sold. When you buy a pair of Warby Parker sunglasses, you share the gift of vision with someone in need, and that is priceless!
Whether you want to warm yourself up or have a snazzy event to attend, FIGS is a wonderful place to look for fine neckties, bow ties, and scarves. With a mission “to provide 100% awesome neckwear”, FIGS handcrafts the company’s exquisite goods in New York, Los Angeles, and worldwide using high quality silks, wools, cashmeres, linens, and cottons. FIGS is dedicated to its philanthropic “Threads for Threads” program which donates school uniforms to needy children: luxury neckwear that serves others…that’s not only a neck warmer, but a heart warmer too!
Tick-tick-tick. Get ready to tell time in a revolutionary new way! WEWOOD has introduced its collection of unique, sustainable wristwatches made of 100% chemical and synthetic-free wood! The company offers watches in a variety of woods and hues in both traditional and modern styles. As a successful eco-friendly business, WEWOOD has partnered with American Forests to plant a tree for every watch sold. With its “One Watch, One Tree, One Planet” program, WEWOOD has the goal of planting 100 million trees by 2020 and is slated to have planted 35 million trees by the end of 2012. What a breath of fresh air!