Fashion That Gives Back & Doesn't Suck
Updated: May 10, 2018
Roma Boots - Romania
I first met the owners of this company at a fashion market in Dallas, Texas. At that time, Roma was a new company and was just getting the ball rolling. I had a pair of boots and absolutely loved them! Think, Hunters but they actually help needy children all over the world. ROMA was founded in 2010 by Samuel Bistrian, who wanted to combine his love of fashion and philanthropy to help children in his home country of Romania. When he told me his story, I was blown away. I had no idea that children in his home country of Romania were suffering so terribly without shoes. The temperature drops so low that kids can get frostbite and lose their toes and even feet during a harsh winter. The company has now expanded to reach needy kids internationally. For every pair of boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need. This is a very hands-on organization. If you need rain boots, or any durable boots (they have a huge selection now!), please consider buying them from ROMA!
Oliberté - Africa
Oliberté is a sustainable brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa. They make premium quality shoes, bags, and accessories with a lifetime warranty. They make every single pair of Oliberté shoes at their factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In September 2013, they became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear manufacturing factory! The shoes are chic and they last forever.
Arm The Animals - USA
Arm the animals donates a percentage of all sales to various organizations helping animals in need. They have a variety of cute shirts featuring pit bulls with headphones, kittens with guns, logos like, "catatonia", etc. They casual, cute, affordable, & they have plus-sizes! I found them on Instagram but I absolutely love their work and designs. Anything that supports animals is a win for me.
Bluer Jeans - USA
For every pair of Bluer jeans you purchase, you may donate an old pair. Upon our receipt, we will give you $15 credit and provide your old pair to someone who really needs them. This is important in two ways. First, in the world of sustainability, recycling is key. Nothing more effectively reduces waste and the carbon impact of production than re-using that which has already been produced. And second, it creates a solution to the very real problem of clothing for those in need.
Elegantees - NYC & Nepal
Beautiful clothes made by fairly-paid Nepalese women to help victims of sex trafficking in Nepal. Elegantees is partnered with the Nepali Rescue Project, which helps over 20,000 women and children out of trafficking every year. They have a huge selection of clothing, (not just t-shirts) for women and children, and they're affordably priced.
Rice Love - India
Every Rice Love bag purchased provides 1 kilo of rice to needy families in India. From a Western perspective, it can be very difficult to imagine just how important rice is to Asia and the Pacific Islands. Westerners can easily get by without eating rice. But, in Asia, this is not case. In India, rice is eaten three times per day! For low income families, rice is the primary source of daily calories. In Asia, rice is life. These bags are priced very well, super cute, and perfect for light travel!