We all know that at times the fashion industry doesn’t have the best rep for being anything but shallow or frivolous.
Yes shopping and hyper consumption is how brands and designers make their money. But no one really stops to talk about those selected creatives, who not only design and make vibrant fashion, but who also give back in a big way too.
We wanted to shout about the fash-pack that is helping the world be a better place— see who makes the list on the next pages.
Donna Karan’s life was turned upside time when her husband passed away from cancer in 2001. After which, with strength she went about exploring treatment centers and discovered that the majority only focused on treating the disease. Seeing a need for a holistic approach to recovery, she created the Urban Zen Foundation, which is based in New York City’s West Village. She gathered funds to alter the oncology unit at Beth Israel’s Medical Center, and donated $850,000 in 2009 to bring yoga therapy into the cancer ward.
Diane Von Furstenberg is known for preaching about empowerment and encouraging women to know who they want to be. Her passion and drive has led her to instil that philosophy through her charity Vital Voices, which honors and supports women all over the world who want to or are making waves in politics, business and more.
Bono & Ali Hewson
If you are still to discover the brand EDUN, then we suggest you click on the brand name and have quick look-see. A ready-to-wear line that is based on city life, is the brainchild of husband and wife duo Bono and Ali Hewson. Their aim with EDUN is to create sustainable fashion made from organic materials sourced out of Africa. They eventually hope that the rest of the industry will catch on to this trend; we definitely applaud you both!
Don’t let Zac Posen’s cool demeanor fool you. That handsome face is also a successful genius who is involved in a number of charities and organizations. At DonorsChoose.org, he donates money to help local school classrooms stay in stock with various art supplies. He also had his hand in TeachersCount, which paves the way to create a permanent culture of teacher appreciation in the USA. That is not all, Zac Posen is also a supporter, much like Oscar de la Renta was, of New Yorkers For Children, which is a charity that provides positive relationships for foster kids, and helps to create stable paths in to adulthood.
Toms’ shoes quite possibly has changed the world for the better through their One For One campaign. With every purchase of Toms’ shoes, the brand will either donate a pair of shoes to a child or provide sight, water, safe birth and bullying prevention services to people who are in great need.
Satya Jewelry, which is sanskrit for truth, uses handcrafted jewelry, made from and with semi-precious stones and meaningful symbols, to empower women. The brand gives back to children in need all over the world through The Satya Foundation. The jewelry alone has already donated $1 million to charities ranging from The Manjushree Orphanage to Charity Water.
Donatella Versace gives off the vibe that she is all about the glamor, parties, ostentatious clothing and them some. However, beneath the surface, the designer is also responsible for the Versace One Foundation, that she co-founded with Jet Li (yes martial arts Jet Li!). Moved by the earthquake in Sichuan, China in 2007 Donatella’s charity heads up two centers in the same region to help and provide support to children affected by the disaster.
Kenneth Cole is a designer known for his out-there ad campaigns and storytelling. However, we advise you not let that question his ethics; he’s dedicated to AIDS research, and in 1987 joined amfAR’s board, while matching donations up to $100,000. He’s also a board member of HELP USA, which is the biggest provider of homes, shelter, jobs and services for the homeless population in the entire USA.