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Fashion for a cause: 5 stylish philanthropic picks
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, why not treat mom to a gift that keeps on giving? We’ve rounded out the best
philanthropic fashion of the season.
Fashion Feed We were so excited to learn that Holt Renfrew, FEED and
Tory Burch had teamed up to create a limited-edition tote. “I’m thrilled to partner with FEED for this initiative,” says Burch. “I’ve always admired the organization’s mission to help children around the world.” Beginning next week, the tote will be available online for $50
Stella McCartney may be best known for her passionate animal rights activism, but she also works with the International Trade Center’s Ethical Fashion Program, which helps to reduce poverty by providing work that supports communities in Africa. For Spring 2012, McCartney designed a large python print tote and flat sandal—they’re both hand made in Nairobi, Kenya from recycled tent canvas.
Eye for an eye In 2006, Toms founder Blake Mycoskie discovered while travelling that many children in Argentina had no shoes to protect their feet—so he launched a footwear company that would match each pair of shoes purchased with a new pair for a child in need. Now, Toms has branched out into eyewear, and with each pair of sunglasses purchased, Toms is helping to restore sight for people in developing countries.
Water works Not only is Treana Peake’s Obakki collection super stylish, but proceeds from the line go to a great cause: providing clean drinking water to people in South Sudan and Cameroon. “I first visited South Sudan two years ago.”
Peake told ELLE Canada earlier this month. “The first time I went, we drilled a well. A year later, I went back to the same location to see what difference it made. It was unbelievable. There were houses built—before, nobody would build houses, because everyone was constantly roaming for water. So the houses are built, the crops are planted, the kids are in school. One water well does that, and since then we’ve done 300."
Mint moment The mint green pyramid necklace from Nicole Richie’s
House of Harlow 1960 line isn’t just a stylish way to infuse colour into a monochromatic wardrobe—purchasing one also benefits Baby2Baby, a charity that donates baby supplies and clothing to needy families. “Creating a special necklace was a friendly reminder to not take the basic necessities for granted,” the diminutive fashion-plate told InStyle. “Especially around Mother’s day, give love and a gift to those in need!”