Face it, whether you’re in Warrior pose or brunching alfresco, you live in yoga clothing. But admittedly, sometimes that collection of tees and leggings doesn’t quite make the cut. Enter Crane & Lion, a new Boston-based activewear company that strives to fill that all-important space where “feel good” and “look good” meet.

Crane & Lion Yoga Activewear

Between the on-trend color palettes, flattering silhouettes, and hand-selected fabrics, we’re not sure what we’re more obsessed with. And the fact that there’s a charity connection has us revamping our stash of athleisure (for the uninitiated, that’s athletic + leisure style), guilt free. Each year, the brand contributes 5% of its revenue to three organizations that dedicate themselves to health, wellness, and the happiness of others: the one hundred by the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Wide Horizons For Children, and Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

With that knowledge in mind, we made a beeline toward Crane & Lion‘s most coveted piece – an impossibly chic and super-versatile wrap sweater. We mixed and matched with just about everything in our closet, and though there are a million and one ways to wear it, we have a couple favorites. Pair it with a pencil skirt and silk blouse for work or keep it casual with a fail-safe combo of a Crane & Lion racerback tank and any of their tights.

Invite this activewear into your wardrobe. Our Crane & Lion Boutique opened Monday, May 18, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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May 18, 2015

We’ve always been proud to call Boston our home. So when April rolls around, there’s no place we’d rather be than the Marathon finish line. And for three Rue staffers, it’s actually about crossing the finish line. Hear why they’re lacing up for a cause.

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“Having grown up in the Boston area, I always thought running the Boston Marathon would be a great accomplishment. Being able to run for Krystle Campbell, a friend I lost to the 2013 bombings, has given it so much more meaning.”
– Lauren Fitzgerald, Rue Model with Maggie Inc.

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April 20, 2015

While working on the northern coast of Peru in Trujillo, Nisolo founder Patrick Woodyard learned that the city is home to 100,000 shoemakers – most of whom lack access to a global marketplace. And it didn’t take long for this soon-to-be entrepreneur to have his aha moment.

His Nashville-based brand is on a mission to put handmade, classic shoes on your feet, while employing 35 Peruvian workers. Meaning? Ethically produced leather essentials that feel and look good. They also do good by offering beyond fair-trade wages, educational opportunities, and skill-building workshops for the team. Get to know Nisolo in five quick stats.

Brand to Know: Nisolo

Shop these handcrafted classics and make your own impact on Peru in our Nisolo Women’s & Men’s Shoes Boutique, which opened Friday, April 17, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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April 17, 2015

We’ve all heard of Earth Day, which is celebrated every year on April 22, but other than the basic premise that it has to do with environmentalism, do we really know what it’s all about? Or what we can do to make this day different than any other? Here’s a quick breakdown.

All About Earth Day

It all started at the height of the whole hippie and flower-child movement. Protest was a big part of that era, but environmentalism? Not so much, at least initially. Rachel Carson’s bestseller, Silent Spring, brought the concept to the masses in 1962, and in 1970, Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day. As a result, the United States Environmental Protection Agency was created, and the Clean AirClean Water, and Endangered Species Acts were all passed.

Here’s what you can do to commemorate the day.

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April 22, 2014

This morning, the world heard as thousands of us supported today’s Boston Marathon runners with our virtual cheers. And this afternoon, we wanted to keep the support going. So, we teamed up with our friends at Alex and Ani to create a limited-edition “Boston Strong” bangle set for sale on Rue today. 100% of the net proceeds from the bangle set will go directly to The One Fund Boston.

Below, we sat down with Lauren, Alex and Ani’s brand communications manager, to talk about the design of the “Boston Strong” bangle set and learn more about Alex and Ani’s charitable division, Charity by Design.

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April 21, 2014

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

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

Boston HandWorks

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

 
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

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

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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