As I was scrolling through Pinterest awhile ago, a single post caught my eye. It was a picture of a lady wearing comfy pajama pants and it said that the pajama pants were made by women who were victims of human trafficking. The idea that design and fashion could rehabilitate victims was amazing to me. So I have sought out a few amazing organizations that seriously rock when it comes to being socially responsible. Innovative fashion that supports a cause? I’m in!
This cotton maxi dress from Barnabas is a great staple piece that looks so comfortable, you could probably live in it. Barnabas Clothing donates a 10% of ALL sales to Living Room International, a non-profit organization based in Western Kenya that provides comprehensive care to those men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS or other life threatening illnesses.
The Selam infinity scarf is part of many accessories from FashionABLE, and is named after one of the heroic women FashionABLE works with. FashionABLE has partnered with “Women At Risk”, an organization that works to rehabilitate former sex workers and to help these women become healthy and productive members of society. (Read Selam’s story here).
Want a comfy pair of feminine pants? Check out Punjammies! Punjammies are a part of the International Princess™ Project. The mission of the International Princess™ Project is to advocate for women who were victims of human trafficking. By teaching these women to sew this simple pattern, it is the International Princess™ Project’s mission to give them opportunities to restore their lives and empower them to live in freedom.
Ready for more girl power? This Snapdragon bracelet from 31 Bits has beads that are made from recycled paper. All 31 Bits accessories are handmade by women in Uganda. 31 Bits cares for the women holistically through counseling, health education, finance training, and business mentorships. Women graduate from the 31 Bits program feeling educated, healthy, confident, and empowered.
This chic top is one of many from Elegantees, an organization committed to seeing every sex trafficking victim in New York City and in Nepal receiving a safe housing option and an employment opportunity. Elegantees has partnered with Restore NYC and the Nepali Rescue Project to promote a healthy self-image, independence, and confidence among women by developing their sewing skills. Elegantees also sells a variety of dresses and skirts!
Headbands of Hope offers a large selection of various styles of headbands. From floral, bows, and headwraps, for every headband purchased, one headband will go to a girl with cancer and $1 will be donated to a giving partner of your choice. Many girls fighting childhood cancer lose their hair during their rigorous chemotherapy treatments and headbands are the perfect way for these girls to keep their feminine identity and have a constant reminder that they’re not alone.
How great are these companies? It is truly inspiring to read about so many positive changes happening by fashion innovators and designers.