Whether it be raising funds for health care, fighting against world hunger, eliminating poverty or providing a child with a pair of shoes, there is something pretty empowering about dressing to make the world a better place. Here are some inspiring fashion companies as well as non-profit organisations in fashion that don’t just make the world more beautiful, they make it better. Because no matter what happens in retail or on the runways, there’s one thing that never goes out of style; giving back.
BVLGARI HELPS SAVE THE CHILDREN IN NEED
Partnering with Save the Children, Bulgari launched a campaign to help the children in need around the world in which part of the proceeds from the sale of a Save the Children jewelry collection —custom designed by Bulgari —is donated to support the Save the Children program. Part of the proceeds from the sales of the B.Zero1 pendant and the B.Zero1 ring is donated to the program, and since 2009, Bulgari have raised more than $35 million for Save the Children. Renowned photographer Fabrizio Ferri has played a critical role in the partnership’s continued success through his portrait collection of almost 250 celebrities. The collection features renowned personalities from around the world wearing the Save the Children jewellery collection, with their raised hands symbolising the message to Stop. Think. Give. Several celebrities involved in the partnership have actively engaged in field visits to Save the Children
programs and observed firsthand the impact of the partnership.
MICHAEL KORS MAKES HUNGER GO OUT OF STYLE
Michael Kors has always been involved in philanthropy, fighting hunger for more than 20 years. A longtime supporter of God’s Love We Deliver, he has worked with the New York-based organisation to help distribute meals to people with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses. He also partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help fight world hunger by designing the 100 Series watch, where proceeds from his special-edition timepiece helps WFP deliver food to children through its school meals program. Additionally, in October 2014, Michael Kors personally pledged to donate 100 meals for every “selfless selfie” posted on social media that showed fans posing in the Michael Kors Watch Hunger Stop T-shirt with the hashtag #WatchHungerStop. These efforts, together with donations made in Michael Kors retail stores and via text, have added up to over 10 million meals that have helped feed hungry children around the world.
URBAN ZEN BY DONNA KARAN
Urban Zen, a fashion and lifestyle brand whose mission is to give back through soulful philanthropic endeavours, was inspired by Donna Karan’s work in Haiti. The philanthropic brand sells handcrafted furniture, accessories and apparel made from artisans across the globe in order to spotlight and grow diverse talent. The stores support the Urban Zen Foundation which founded the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program to transform healthcare as well as the Haiti Artisan Project which helps to highlight the talented artisans of Haitians. “Visiting Haiti always fills my heart with hope, gratitude, and inspiration. I had the privilege of recently visiting and working with the artisans there. Their inspiring passion for art awakens my creativity. The imaginative spirits I’ve witnessed and created with, continually ignite the fire of my love for Haiti.” She states.
RALPH LAUREN FOR CANCER PREVENTION
Ralph Lauren Corporation has a commitment to giving back around the globe. Their philanthropic endeavours include the Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Fund for Cancer Care and Research and the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention (www.ralphlaurencenter.org). “When someone we love has cancer, we are all affected— husbands, wives, mothers and fathers, sisters, brothers and friends. This is our effort in the fight against cancer.” I can say that i can personally relate to what Mr Ralph Lauren has stated. We are all in the fight against cancer once it affects the ones we love. And to have an esteemed and prestigious fashion name like Ralph Lauren fighting alongside us, it makes all the difference for those in need. “The Pink Pony campaign is our effort to bring adequate care to underserved communities. It is my hope that people everywhere are able to receive the screenings that make it possible to detect cancer at an earlier, more curable stage.” states Ralph Lauren. Hats off for you, Mr Ralph!
MARGHERITA MISSONI FOR ORPHANAID AFRICA
We owe it to ourselves to make a difference in the world. And that is exactly what Margherita Missoni did, with her mother, Angela Missoni, the Creative Director of Missoni by her side. She got involved in Orphan Aid Africa after having travelled to Africa. During her time there, Orphan Aid became a charity very near to her heart and continues to be to this day. “There are so many changes that I would like to see happen, but the most important thing to give these children is hope.” She states. With all that’s unsettled in the world, it feels especially spirited to purchase items that will not only benefit you but also benefit the greater good. The Margherita M Missoni collection for OrphanAid Africa is a capsule collection of ready-to-wear and accessories that supports families and foster care in Ghana.
GUCCI PARTNERS WITH UNICEF FOR EDUCATION
Education should be accessible for all, no matter your gender, race or financial status. Gucci has contributed more than US $20 million to UNICEF’s work since 2005, focusing on the ‘Schools for Africa’ initiative which helps the most disadvantaged children, including girls, orphans and those living in extreme poverty, gain access to quality education. To date, this partnership has positively impacted the lives of more than 7.5 million children living in sub-Saharan Africa and China. To mark 10 years of partnership and in support of UNICEF’s work last year, Gucci released a short film, Growing Tall which was released last year. Narrated by children, teachers and parents in a rural community in Mozambique, the film highlights progress made in education over a decade, and illustrates the power of education to transform lives, particularly for girls and women. Founded by Gucci along with Beyoncé and Salma Hayek Pinault in 2012, Chime For Change is a global campaign focused on girls’ and women’s empowerment. The campaign serves to convene, unite and strengthen voices that speak out for girls and women around the world, as well as to raise funds, through crowd-funding, for non-profit organizations pursuing change in the areas of education, health and justice.
KENNETH COLE LOOK GOOD, FOR GOOD
Kenneth Cole has a list of firsts when it comes to amazing deeds. In the 80s, Kenneth Cole, as a whole, have advocated on behalf of AIDS Research (when others wouldn’t) and Kenneth currently serves as chairman of amfAR. In the 90s, They initiated the first “Shoe Drive” in support of homeless populations and have since collected and donated over 2 million pairs of shoes. After the Haiti earthquake, Kenneth Cole have raised funds to build The Kenneth Cole Haiti Health Center which is accessible to a community of over 1.5 million people! And today, in partnership with the Kenneth Cole Foundation, they remain committed to helping anyone, anywhere look Good, for Good (which is also their slogan).
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