This morning, InStyle editor Subira Shaw stopped by The Today Show to discuss six fashion companies and three basic-needs brands that follow the one-for-one business model—you buy one of their products, they donate one special something to a charity in need—just in time for spring gift giving. And we have the full list right here! From Out of Print Clothing, that donates one book for every book-inspired tee you buy, to Baby Teresa, a brand that donates one of their rompers each time they sell one, each has found new ways to give back. Find out more about each of the companies below. More
Now here’s a beauty product that looks good and does good! Bobbi Brown just launched a creme blush-lip tint hybrid called the Pretty Powerful Pink Pot Rouge, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Dress for Success charity, a non-profit organization that helps women in need regain their independence and self esteem by providing interview suits, career advice, a makeup bag, and a one-on-one beauty lesson from a Bobbi Brown pro. We’re loving how this little pink pot can give to the awesome cause wherever you are, plus its universally-flattering hue and multi-uses add only more fabulousness to its appeal. Pick one up for $25 at bobbibrown.com.
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Target’s Next Designer Collaboration Has a Charitable Touch, Thanks to Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED USA PartnershipMar 11, 2013 @ 1:34 pm
Target is known for its amazing designer collaborations—Missoni, Prabal Gurung, Gwen Stefani, to name a few—and now, it’s adding a charity element to its next big partnership: FEED USA + Target. The retailer teamed up with Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED organization to create 50 limited-edition pieces set to hit shelves this June, including home goods, stationery, apparel, and accessories with prices ranging from $3 to $400. Most importantly, the Target line will incorporate the main element that made the FEED charity so popular: Each sale will directly feed children. Sales from the Target line will benefit Feeding America, a national hunger-relief charity, and even better, each product will features a number on it showing exactly how many meals it provides. “Through product sales, we hope to provide 10 million meals to Americans in need, which would make it the largest U.S. initiative in FEED’s history,” Lauren said in a statement. “I am proud that we will be able to empower guests to make a measurable impact through the purchase of the FEED USA + Target collection.” Support the cause by Tweeting the hashtag #FEEDUSA and by shopping the collection, in stores and on target.com starting June 30th.
Plus, see which other causes celebs and fashion brands get behind.
How is Charlize Theron getting ready to present at Sunday’s Academy Awards? “This is how I’m getting ready, start with the heart,” the actress told InStyle.com during a private dinner at the recently-opened TOMS flagship store in Venice. During the height of Oscars weekend, together with TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie, the pair celebrated the launch of the third collaboration between the charitable shoe brand (for each pair bought, one is given to a child in need) and the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), which focuses on keeping African youth safe from HIV/AIDS. “Blake, I’m not ever going to get married, but this is the closest I’m going to get to a marriage that actually works,” Theron joked. “Your team and your long-term commitment to us has been so amazing.” And their collaboration expanded: For the third go-around of the limited-edition footwear (in stores and toms.com next month), they created another women’s shoe, and a matching child pair, too—a natural evolution given that Theron’s son Jackson, loves to wear TOMS and the recently-married Mycoskie is planning to expand his family soon. “I think I have every style of TOMS that my son is wearing, yes, and he has these,” she said of the new style, which features the sun-inspired white and yellow CTAOP logo and the organization’s motto, Reach Out, Think Beyond, and Look Within scrawled inside. Theron credits her team for the design; for her, it’s all about the heart of the issue: “There is nothing that moves me as much as having these crates of shoes show up at schools in the middle of nowhere,” Theron said. “I invite anyone to come and try not to be emotional about it. It really is incredible.”
Here’s a lovely thought for Valentine’s Day: Designers have a new way to give back—and you can help, too! Today is the launch of Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts, an initiative in which over 160 designers in the Council for American Fashion Designers will decorate custom papier-mâché hearts with their signature flair. Each heart will then be auctioned off on eBay.com—from April 22 through May 2—to raise money for the Haitian Artisan Project within Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, which is dedicated to creating jobs and enhancing education of Haiti’s artisans. “Change can only occur when people come together,” Karan told InStyle.com exclusively. “I am excited to see so many of my friends and CFDA designers use these hearts as a blank canvas for their unique creative expression to raise money. Together, we believe in the brilliant artistry of a country filled with some of the most creative people I have ever met.” The designers involved—a list that includes CFDA President Diane Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, and Oscar de la Renta—are currently working on their designs, building upon a heart that was designed by Haitian artist Magali Dresse (shown above). Stay tuned to see the designers’ heart interpretations when the charity auction launches on ebay.com April 22.
Plus, see our favorite looks from Donna Karan’s runway!
Dynamo designer/wellness advocate Norma Kamali is spearheading a movement to stop objectification—and has Kristen Wiig to thank for it. Following a long-term preoccupation with women’s self-esteem issues, Kamali “saw Bridesmaids and thought, this is the most brilliant movie and the most telling about the culture and what it is that I’m trying to connect to,” she told InStyle.com. “In the beginning when Jon Hamm’s character is objectifying this young woman, who wants to believe that by objectifying herself and mistaking that for love, she will get love from him in the end.” After swapping stories with the women around her about everything from cat calls to workplace sexual harassment, Kamali launched the Stop Objectification site, which gives women a place to submit their own experiences of being objectified. “Tell everybody to just dump those stories,” says the designer. “When you have a secret and you haven’t been doing anything about it, it’s therapeutic to put a picture up and a statement up about who you are—you’re taking a positive, empowered action. We are more than what we look like; we’re a composite of experiences.” Watch her provocative “Hey Baby” video above and get inspired to share.
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Now this is how fashion gives back! The Fashion for Sandy Relief Initiative raised $1.7 million for those who suffered from the Super Storm. The online auction bid off items such as a meet-and-greet with Victoria Beckham, a Tory Burch shopping spree and lunch with the designer, and plenty of other prizes donated by those in the fashion industry. The most popular item? A week-long internship with DKNY PR Girl, which racked up a total of 34 bids.
Plus, find out how fashion brands helped!
UGG Australia is contributing to the recovery efforts of Hurricane Sandy with the release of this new limited-edition “Classic Art & Sole Boot” by donating $10 of each pair sold to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America affected by the storm. The design for is part of UGG’s Art & Sole charitable program—the tenth-anniversary boot, to be exact—and features a puzzle print inspired by Buket Pamuk of Turkey whose artwork won the Art & Sole design contest. “Pamuk’s winning desing was inspired by children, and depicts interesting puzzle pieces with an overlaying message of hope,” the company said in a statement. Pick up the boots for toddlers ($100) and kids ($130) at UGG stores and online at uggaustralia.com.
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