The Urge to Splurge: Pay it Forward With These Larger Cause Brands

Photo Cred: Cuyana

Splurging is bittersweet, but we want to ditch the bitterness and bring on the sweet urge to splurge. National Humanitarian Day was this past Saturday, Aug 19th and we are encouraging you to shop til’ you drop and do it for the culture and shop for a cause. These ten brands are ultimate twofers- – look good, feel good, and most importantly be good by paying it forward. Being charitable never felt or looked this good…

(Photo Cred: Slate and Salt)

This brand is totally worth seeing, with its artisan techniques and modern designs at a great price, Slate + Salt is ready to make an impact. They are going against the grain of traditional mass produced factory goods. Instead, are using their brand as an opportunity to employ artisans in rural villages to fight extreme poverty, which is why their hand-made, hand-dyed, and one of a kind bags, home goods, and jewelry is taking a socially conscious step in the right direction by enabling these artisans from underdeveloped nations to support their families. Make your purchase count and get your clutches on their unique products!

(Photo Cred: Kind Traveler)

Last minute vacay plans? Kind Traveler has a way to make traveling sustainable and eco-conscious! Their hotel booking platform allows each customer to impact the environment, global communities, and animals. How does this work? Well, you give a donation a charity and cause of your choice, as a reward for your kindness, you receive exclusive rates to book directly with some the world’s best hotels! So if you’re looking to catch a good travel deal while spreading good cheer, head over to kind traveler and get your vacay on!

(Photo Cred: Brian Siambi)

For all the ASOS lovers out there, the gift of giving just got a whole lot easier. ASOS has a Made in Kenya Collection which draws from local primary school drawings that are printed on kimonos, tees, and denim. The brand partnered with SOKO Kenya, a clothing manufacturer which provides training and employment for underserved communities in Africa. The colorful and fun designs of repurposed denim and maxi dresses inhibit the Kenyan culture and an eye for detail. This collection is definitely splurge-worthy.

(Photo Cred: Giejo)

Summer’s not over yet! Enjoy your last pool dips and jacuzzi steam the eco-friendly way. Giejo, based in NYC, uses vintage & reclaimed textiles and all materials are sourced locally. Proudly made in the US and offers swim separates that you can mix and match for your personalized swimwear look. Its ready-to-wear inspired so you can take this brand on and off the beach.

(Photo Cred: Krochet Kids)

Although we are still holding onto summer, it’s never too late to think ahead and prepare for the East Coast weather. Krochet Kids help poverty alleviation by providing job opportunities for women in need. Each product is signed by the women who made it and allow you the opportunity to view their profile and learn more about them and how Krochet Kids have broken the poverty cycle for them. Next to winter headwear Krochet Kids sell dresses, bags, and accessories for women, men, and children– did anyone say gift?

(Photo Cred: M4D3)

Formally known as a Style Twofer, M4D3‘s ongoing initiative to #WearKindness is in full effect. With beautiful shoe designs that are effortlessly chic and 100% comfortable their unique shoe brand donates books to children in need. So step up or show out and snag a few pairs of this edgy shoe wear for a larger cause!

(Photo Cred: Christy Dawn)

Ready to tie the knot this summer? Christy Dawn offers minimalist styles for the edgy and modern bride, not to mention you pay it forward with good karma by supporting sustainable fashion practices. The eco-friendly brand is handmade from deadstock & vintage fabric– why deadstock? With 20% of the globe’s industrial water pollution being caused by the fashion industry Christy Dawn has made a vow to help brides look beautiful, effortless, and care for the earth at the same time.

(Photo Cred: W Magazine)

We know you’re not supposed to mix drinks with politics but this is drinking for a higher purpose! Coup NYC, an East Village cocktail bar which donates 100% of its proceeds to charities, campaigns, and organizations that are affected by the current presidential administration is down for the cause. Cheers to that! With a tip-free employment policy and celebrity guest bartenders, have a fun night out, pre-game, and drink for a cause. Bottoms up!

(Photo Cred: Cuyana)

Cuyana creates beautiful apparel that is boss babe approved with their Fall 2017 collection entitled Naturally Feminine, which challenges the ideals of femininity and celebrating womankind through fashion. Their timeless design is an ode to women by its versatility and ability to be personalized- being a woman today means being whoever you want to be. With each purchase, you have the option of lean shipping which is when your items are shipped in a reusable bag that you can fill with unused items, send back, and donated to women in need. Get ready to clean out your closet to make room for new threads!

(Photo Cred: Cienne)

New York-based women’s RTW collection that is sourced globally and locally made, that is also minimally designed, can we say winner? Cienne works with low minimum suppliers in order to keep waste low and fabrics exclusive. With this brand’s taste for highlighting unique textiles while harnessing sustainable efforts, it’s a shoe-in for your philanthropic shopping spree!

Written by Caela Collins

Feature image via Cuyana

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