Cheer for Charity: Christopher Radko Ornaments for a Cause

Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged. This family-founded company not only makes handmade glass figures akin to your finest heirlooms, but it does so for charity, too. Think Pink Nick. Claus for a Cure. Each of these (adorably named) ornaments supports an awareness organization, from Alzheimer’s to HIV/AIDS. Scooping one up? Sounds like a fine holiday tradition.

Christopher Radko Ornaments for Charity

In the giving spirit? Visit The 12 Days of Merry: Christopher Radko Ornaments Boutique on Wednesday, November 27, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 27, 2013

Cutting Boards for a Cause: Gifts from Boston HandyWorks

The giving – and buying – season is upon us. This year? Plan to do both. Simultaneously, if possible.

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Boston HandyWorks, a social enterprise of the Pine Street Inn shelter (Rue La La’s primary volunteer destination), provides on-the-job training and real-life work experience in carpentry, home maintenance, housekeeping, and cleaning to individuals who have been homeless, jobless, or “anyone with the need to get back into the cycle of daily work life,” says Boston HandyWorks’s director, Nicholas Pieri.

As the largest resource for homeless men and women in New England, trainees come from Pine Street Inn as well as other local shelters, halfway houses, and sober houses – with no prior work experience required.

“The main thing they need is motivation and enthusiasm,” says Pieri. “Most have done some kind of work with their hands, but it’s really about having an interest in working hard.”

The result? Handcrafted and custom-made maple and cherrywood cutting boards, with all proceeds benefitting the HandyWorks training and education programs. So, basically, you can help struggling Bostonians learn a marketable skill, and have a striking countertop essential to show for it. Sounds like a win-win.

Pick up your cutting board at The Guests Are Coming: Prepare for the Holidays Boutique.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 19, 2013

Spotted: Jason Wu & More at Project Paz’s Charity Art Event

By guest blogger Alejandro Lopez of Adentro Style

 
Fashion, art, and culture intersected Monday, October 21, at the 4th-annual Project Art charity event in a lofty factory space in New York’s SoHo. Organized by Project Paz, a volunteer-based nonprofit focused on promoting peace in Juarez, Mexico, the designer- and editor-studded silent auction and cocktail party was a sight to see (and be seen).

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Photos by Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

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October 30, 2013

In Good Fashion: The Tory Burch Foundation

It’s no secret we love Tory Burch’s refined yet relaxed looks (just ask our closet). But what we love even more? Her commitment to empowering women. You see, when this New York–based designer began her label, she had more than just fashion on the mind. She wanted to create something to benefit women and children. And so, the Tory Burch Foundation was born. Here’s how it all came to life.

2004
Tory Burch begins her label (right at her very own kitchen table).

2009
Hoping to help other young entrepreneurs, she creates the Tory Burch Foundation. Partnering with microfinance organization Accion USA to offer loans and mentoring, the Tory Burch Foundation provides American women with the financial tools to improve their lives.

“It’s about investing in people who might otherwise not have the chance to pursue their goals and helping families lift themselves out of poverty…. It’s also incredibly important to the economic recovery of our country,” said Burch in 2009.

2012
The Tory Burch Foundation launches its entrepreneurial education program in partnership with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, LaGuardia Community College, and Babson College. Classes are customized specifically for early-stage, women-owned businesses with the passion and potential for growth.

2013
The Tory Burch Foundation reaches a serious milestone: providing over 100 loans to female entrepreneurs since its launch.

For more information on the Tory Burch Foundation, visit toryburchfoundation.org.

Our Tory Burch Boutique opens Thursday, July 18, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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July 18, 2013

Made in the USA: 4 Reasons to Buy American

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We love all fashion equally, be it from across the pond or close to home. But in the spirit of the country’s birthday, we’re discriminating – for just a day. Here are four reasons to feel good about buying your blues (and much more) from the red, white, and blue.

1. The brands. Jack Rogers. HABITUAL. Lucky Brand. Need we say more? There are literally too many top-notch “Made in the USA” brands to list (and we love them all).

2. Environmental protection laws. Companies that manufacture in the United States are subject to EPA regulations that help protect the land, air, and water. Plus, if they’re made in America, they’re already in America – hello, tiny carbon footprint.

3. It’s patriotic. There’s a feel-good element to that “Made in the USA” label that just can’t be denied. Call it a discreet nod to American pride.

4. It boosts our economy. More American manufacturing facilities mean more jobs in the States. Companies make their money stateside and reinvest it in the community. Employees get paid and spend their wages in the U.S. It’s like a really expanded version of keeping it all in the family.

Our Made-in-America Fashion: Eva Franco & More Boutique opens Wednesday, July 3, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 3, 2013

In Good Fashion: Rue with a View

Here at Rue, we believe giving back is always in style. So, last month, we teamed up with Boston Children’s Hospital to create Rue with a View – one seriously chic charitable event.

With signature cocktails, mouthwatering cuisine, top stylists, and plenty of loot, we turned Boston’s State Room into one big shopping extravaganza. (For a peek, check out the video above.)

The result? More than $300,000 was raised for the patients and families at Boston Children’s Hospital.

And with over 100 Rue La La associates volunteering to help, we’re just going to say it – we have the best team out there. (Okay, we might be a little biased.)

Want to help support Boston Children’s Hospital? Check out all its upcoming charitable events here.

Do you also believe giving back is always in style? Check out all of our openings on Rue La La Careers.

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June 21, 2013

In Good Fashion: Take this Quiz to Help Kids in Need

It’s that simple

 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. And we here at Rue want to do our part.

This month, the Child Mind Institute (in collaboration with our favorite wellie maker, Hunter Boot) launched its third annual Speak Up for Kids initiative – aimed at helping children with psychiatric disorders get on the path to a healthy, happy, productive life. As part of their campaign, they’ve put together this quick, educational quiz, making it easier than ever to inform the public about their cause while simultaneously raising funds to help children get the care they need.

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Are there more taxidermists or child psychiatrists in the U.S.? You’re about to find out. For every person who clicks on this link and completes the quiz, Hunter Boot will donate $1 to the Child Mind Institute. So, click, click, click away – and share with your friends, too. Seriously, making a difference in a child’s life is as easy as spreading the word.

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May 22, 2013

Inside Rue: A Peek at Our College Basketball Pool (and the Winner’s Charity of Choice)

College basketball season may be over, but since we’re fairly certain Louisville is still celebrating their triumph, we figured we’d share a sports-related victory of our own. It all started with a simple Rue college basketball bracket pool. Ten bucks to enter (optional, of course), and the Associate with the winning bracket could donate it all to the charity of their choice – with a 100% match from Rue La La.

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The result? Out of nearly 200 brackets and countless charities, Assistant Buyer Michelle F. won it all for Autism Speaks, a leading organization dedicated to funding the research for treatment, prevention, and awareness of autism. In her own words:

“I chose Autism Speaks because of the work they do for the autistic community and the families that need support. My parents go to the autistic gala every year and cannot speak more fondly of the positive and heartwarming work that raising money for the foundation does as well as how many families it affects. I also have to say that I received some really positive emails from my Rue La La coworkers, many that said how much they appreciated the donation because they have a cousin/sibling/child that has autism. With so many great charities to pick from I felt like these emails supported my choice.”

For more information on Autism Speaks, please visit autismspeaks.org.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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April 22, 2013

In Good Fashion: SAME SKY

A celeb-adored jewelry line empowering women in need

A few mornings ago, one of my (exceptionally style-savvy) colleagues sent me a link to SAME SKY. A few hours later, so did another. Clearly this cause was striking a chord, and I had to learn more.

SAME SKY’s mission is to lift HIV+ women in developing African countries up and out of poverty by training them to crochet boutique-beautiful glass bead jewelry (and for about 15 to 20 times the average Sub Saharan wage). One-hundred percent of these pieces’ proceeds goes back into the organization, with the purpose of hiring and training even more women. As SAME SKY puts it, “Instead of a handout, we give these women a hand-up and the tools to lift themselves out of poverty.”

Even the most thorough round of name-dropping wouldn’t do these bracelets’ fan base justice, though I’ll try. (Deep breath.) Halle Berry, Meryl Streep, Jessica Alba, Liza Minnelli, Alicia Keys, Chelsea Clinton, Katie Couric… to name a few. (You can check out the full lineup here.)

So attend a SAME SKY event, host your own trunk show, or simply buy a bauble online – and women in need can rebuild the lives they deserve.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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February 7, 2013

In Good Fashion: Michael Kors & The World Food Programme

Harnessing fashion to help eradicate world hunger

The life of a designer as established as Michael Kors has to be, at the very least, so, SO exciting – not only the rubbing-elbows-with-every-celebrity-on-the-planet part, but the endless globetrotting, of course.

As Kors notes in a recent press release, though, his travels brought to light the struggles faced around the globe: “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that millions of people all over the world are struggling to feed themselves, and their families, every day.” Recognizing this opportunity in the fight against hunger, Kors has joined forces with the World Food Programme (WFP). Over the next few years – and by way of campaigns, events, and products – the designer plans on raising millions of dollars for the WFP.

Check out (and share!) this star-studded PSA, citing staggering statistics regarding world hunger – and, if you’re so moved, text a $5 donation to the WFP. (Instructions can be found below the video.) Then, come this March, be sure to keep an eye out for two limited-edition Michael Kors watch styles, proceeds from which will also go straight to the WFP.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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January 31, 2013