Shop with purpose: 6 clothing and accessory brands committed to good looks andgood causes
Who doesn’t like to feel as good about their purchases as they do about wearing them? From fashion-forward Edun to playful Chooze shoes for kids, these brands are as covetable as they are committed to a cause — whether it’s combating poverty or supporting local musicians. We call that fashion with a perk.
The luxe line of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, started by Ali Hewson and Bono (yes, that one), has an ongoing trading relationship with Africa. To help alleviate poverty, the company aims to produce 40 percent of its seasonal collection within the community by 2013. The laid-back rocker chic collection is well worth the investment. Available at Nordstrom NorthPark and edun.com.
Eye on the Sparrow Designs
We love the bracelets, earrings and necklaces that Abbie Chesney churns out of recyled donated guitar strings. Proceeds fund the Carter Albrecht Music Foundation, which supports the Dallas music community by helping local musicians move one step closer to their dreams. Rock on. Available at the Dallas Museum of Art gift shop, Talulah Belle and on the eyeonthesparrow.com.
This Dallas-based business, founded by Samuel Bistrian, elevates the practical rain boot while helping those in need. The knit-lined classic hunter-style rubber boots come in fashion-savvy shades like glossy plum and matte gray. For every boot sold, subsidiary Roma Provisions distributes weatherproof boots to children living in poverty — predominantly in cold, wet climates like Romania. Warm your feet and your heart by supporting this good cause. Available at romaprovisions.com.
Buy a pair of these vintage-inspired frames for just $95, and Warby Parker provides funding or glasses to nonprofit partners that distribute them to those in need. The online-only retailer offers a convenient Home Try-On Program, so you can test out five frames for five days free of charge before selecting a suitable pair of specs. Vibrant, fashionable frames that you not only look good in, but also feel good about? You can see why we like it.
The women’s and children’s clothing company founded by supermodel and actress Liya Kebede preserves the ancient art of weaving while promoting economic growth. Made in Ethiopia, the hand-woven breezy boho cotton dresses, tops, skirts and scarves make great gifts as well as appealing additions to any wardrobe. Available at Cabana and online at lemlem.com.
Artistic doodles grace these (purposely) mismatched children’s shoes designed by Dallas-based artist and founder Sharon Blumberg. Packaged in a recycled-cardboard art box and available in a variety of styles that both kids and moms adore, the environmentally friendly shoes give kids the freedom of expression as well as a do-good attitude. Chooze invests profits to programs that provide training, support, education and loans to women to help them out of extreme poverty. Available at Whole Earth Provision Company, Stride Rite and choozeshoes.com.
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