Fashion and Philanthropy
Fashion is known as a industry that takes a lot. Whether creating the newest and greatest design or, sometimes even looking for the most amount of money, the fashion world was never too concerned with those who were lacking. Think of having a hundred pairs of shoes while someone else has none!
In recent years things have been changing though. The fashion community has started to think about the global community and how it can help. Through philanthropic designs like TOMS shoes, Out of Print Clothing book cover T-shirts and FEED Bags the fashion world has turned over a new leaf which aims to help those in need.
TOMS: Shoes and Eyewear
Blake Mycoskie is an American entrenpunuer who was traveling in Argentina when he noticed that a lot of kids living in areas that needed help didn’t have shoes. He wanted to do something about it. He got an idea to ensure that these kids would have shoes for a long time. Originally called Shoes for Tomorrow, TOMS was born. Apparently “Shoes for Tomorrow” didn’t fit on the label so Balcke shortened it to TOMS. Blake designed the shoe after a traditional Argentine shoe called the “alpargata”.
Then he devised the “One for One” business model, which means that for every one pair of TOMS purchased a pair of shoes will go to someone in need of shoes. TOMS has now given away over a million shoes to people without and has sold over a million shoes to fashion forward buyers.
With the success of shoes, TOMS is now branching out into eyewear. For every pair of glasses, sunglasses or regular glasses you buy someone will receive an eye exam and a pair of glasses or corrective vision surgery.
Out of Print Clothing:
Out of Print Clothing takes book covers, usually ones that are out of print, and puts them on T-shirts. Now you can sport great books- from old classics to favorite moderns to wonderful kid’s books- on your shirt! The artwork is always unique though recognizable.
Out of Print wants to celebrate and pay tribute to literature even when you’re not reading it. Along with their great fashion, Out of Print realizes that there are many parts of the world where people don’t have books to read so they work alongside an organization called Books for Africa. For every item Out of Print sells a book is donated to Books for Africa who then distributes the books to schools and community centers across Africa who are in need of books. Sport your favorite book, look great doing and help someone read!
In 2003, Lauren Bush, a model and activist, was traveling throughout Asia, Africa and South America with the United Nation’s World Food Programme. There she learned the extreme need for food all over the world. Three years later she started the FEED Project. She sold bags designed after the burlap bags she saw used to distribute food rations.
For every bag a set amount is donated to relieve hunger in communities that need food. FEED has many different bags for sale now along with clothing and accessories. It all goes to feeding people.
Have Your Say
Do you have a pair of TOMS, what about a book shirt or a FEED bag? Or do you have another fashion and philanthropy forward accessory? Tell us about it in the comment’s section below!