In Good Fashion: The Giving Closet

Empowering women to reenter the workforce

In Good Fashion: The Giving Closet

My inner do-gooder and working girl – they’re both obsessed.

Launched in 2011 by celebrity and TV wardrobe stylist Sam Russell (he’s one of the reasons stars like Jon Hamm and Stevie Wonder are known for looking so good), The Giving Closet is a charity devoted to empowering “women in need that have the full intent to enter the workforce and must evolve their work wardrobe.” To this end, Russell travels from city to city, surprising a chosen woman in need with $10,000 worth of work and casual clothes. Not only will she look the part in job interviews, but the confidence boost is invaluable.

Want to learn more? Check out Sam’s work online or on the organization’s Facebook page.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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January 24, 2013

In Good Fashion: The Honest Company

PS – Today's their first birthday!

In Good Fashion: The Honest Company

I’ve been her Facebook friend (fine – “fan“) for more than a year now, and I’ve got to say, Jessica Alba‘s posts are some of my favorites. She’s adorable, her family’s adorable, her friends are hot, and she eats cake. As my favorite gossip mag would put it, this A-list actress is “Just like us!”

Which is why, like any new mom, Alba wanted only the purest products for her first-born, Honor – yet at the same time, was frustrated by how difficult it was to find them. Which products were eco-friendly? Which weren’t just big, toxic blobs of lab-engineered chemicals? So she joined forces with Christopher Gavigan, former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, to create, as they put it, their ultimate brand – “savvy style, sustainability, and extraordinary service and convenience all wrapped in a passion for social goodness, tied with a bow of integrity and sprinkled with a little cheeky fun.” (Count me in.)

The brand’s focus is three-fold: baby, bath and body, and cleaning. All products are nontoxic, eco-friendly, and downright cute. (Their whimsically packaged laundry pods? Obsessed.) In order to provide users with the utmost level of convenience, The Honest Company offers a monthly subscription service, delivering customized “bundles” to members’ doorsteps. And, in keeping with their commitment to social goodness, a percentage of all the company’s sales goes to Baby2Baby.org.

As it just so happens, today is the The Honest Company’s first birthday! So here’s to many more years of delivering nonstop goodness (and continued action on my Facebook newsfeed).

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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January 17, 2013

In Good Fashion: Vans Custom Culture

Meet the iconic sneaker line's high school art competition

In Good Fashion: Vans Custom Culture

Know a high schooler who loves themselves some Vans? And who also just so happens to be super passionate about art? Then send this one along, because it’ll be right up their alley.

The maker of everyone’s favorite canvas sneaker (and checkered slip-on, too) is back with its national art competition, Vans Custom Culture, which gives high school students the chance to harness their creative sides – while having some fun with it.

The competition works like this: Registered high schools are sent four different styles of Vans – or, palettes, if you will – for its students to customize in line with one of four themes. Students then submit photos of their designs (Instagrams welcome) to the competition website for all the world to see and for Vans staffers to review. The top five schools’ teams are flown out to New York for the final judging, and the winner receives $50,000 toward their school’s art program.

Naturally, this four-years-strong competition stretches far past the glory of having the coolest shoes in the nation. Vans’ aim is to bring the spotlight back onto high school art programs – an academic focus that, as we all know too well, sees less and less budget love as the years go on.

We’ll leave you with this FYI – the competition’s registration deadline is February 11. Meaning? There’s still more than enough time for your favorite high school to get involved.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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January 10, 2013

In Good Fashion: Fashion Delivers

 

 

In Good Fashion: Fashion Delivers

Proof that, sometimes, tough times can give way to good things? Fashion Delivers.

Having started in 2005 as a relief effort to the devastation wreaked by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Fashion Delivers is a nonprofit organization that partners with manufacturers and retailers to provide apparel and home goods to situations of poverty and disaster relief. The donations from these partners are channeled to local social services agencies, who distribute the products within their region.

Want to get your apparel or home company involved with Fashion Delivers? Click here to learn more about donating. (Financial contributions are accepted, too.)

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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January 3, 2013

In Good Fashion: Post-Holiday Donations

 

Whether you need to make space for all that new loot or you’re just not loving the sweater from Great-Aunt Mary, this is the time of the year when we find ourselves with tons of stuff in need of relocating. Enter: the art of the donation. While the holidays may be over, the need for charity is not – and all those items you less-than-love can be put to good use in a number of (feel-good) ways.

Food
Of course, “cooking for an army” is the kitchen aficionado’s holiday M.O. All those resulting leftovers? Donate them to a food bank.

Coats
You scored that much-wanted puffer for Hannukah – now give your old one a whole new lease on life.

Sports Equipment
The garage can only hold so many soccer balls, after all.

Toys
Hands down the surest way to make any deserving kid happy.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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December 27, 2012

In Good Fashion: The Rue Toy Drive

 

Here at Rue, there’s no shortage of really, REALLY great staff traditions. Freshly popped popcorn every day at 3PM, the hallowed Bagel Fridays, Craft Beer Thursdays in IT… the list goes on. One that stands apart from all the rest, though? Our annual Toy Drive (or, as we affectionately call it, “Mitten Gifts”).

Partnering with the Boston Department of Child Services, we’re able to provide over 200 underprivileged kids with gifts they may not have received otherwise. It works like this: Rue employees pick a mitten (well, a piece of construction paper cut into the shape of a mitten) which lists the gift wishes of a specific child. The gifts are then purchased, wrapped, and placed in our café to be delivered accordingly. And while participation is totally optional, let’s just say – the pile of presents this year, as a whole, weighed in at 400 pounds.

While, for me, it’s so easy to obsess over what I think I absolutely need (my many Pinboards can attest to that), it’s times like these – when people come together to make Christmas just a bit brighter for others – that truly puts the meaning of the holidays into much-needed perspective.

Would you like to make a donation of your own? Click here to learn more.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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December 20, 2012

In Good Fashion: GIVEGIVE

Images via GIVEGIVE

(We. Are. Obsessed.)

Meet GIVEGIVE, a company dedicated to bettering the lives of women in need by way of spot-on design. Their signature line, MULXIPLY, is comprised of (exceptionally giftable) iPad® sleeves, clutches, zipper pouches, and more, made with felt, and by Nepalese women. GIVEGIVE makes the conscious choice to enlist the work of women in co-ops as opposed to factory workers to produce these products, so as to ensure fair-trade partnerships (meaning employees are receiving the wages they desevrve, along with postiive working conditions and benefits surrounding education and healthcare). In short, these pieces are the way by which women are realizing opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise received.

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December 13, 2012

In Good Fashion: Project Model Tee

 

Models coming together in the name of charitable art? Talk about more than a pretty face.

Having noted that models absorb massive amounts of creativity day in and day out (by way of photographers, stylists, and otherwise), model Edythe Hughes decided that not only was a creative outlet in order – but that it could be used to benefit the greater good. (And she was right.)

Enter: Project Model Tee (PMT), a line of T-shirts boasting models’ original art. The nonprofit organization actively recruits models to lend their designs, with an end-goal of raising money for various causes. As an additional fundraising initiative, PMT hosts events around New York City to bring more awareness to a spotlighted charity. Currently, PMT’s efforts are dedicated to raising funds for the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), the country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

Expect the one-of-a-kind tees to be made available to the public at the organization’s official launch party, scheduled for February 2013, and from there, online and in stores.

For more information on PMT’s events, initiatives, and more, be sure to check out both their website  and their Facebook page.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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December 6, 2012

In Good Fashion: One Love Organics

As the cold kicks in, the right skin products – ahem, lip moisturizer – are as crucial as ever. Enter One Love Organics. Using all-natural ingredients – not to mention ethically- and environmentally-focused techniques – this company’s approach to cosmetics is simple: “If you wouldn’t put it in your body, why put it on your face?”

Rather than piling on the chemicals, preservatives, and everything else found in most makeup and skin products, One Love Organics’s cosmetic creations ensure healthy skin by way of the purest ingredients. Their “Easy Does It” foaming cleanser, for example? Its ingredients include organic Chilean soap bark, cold-pressed apple oil, and vegetable glycerin.

As if it could get any better than glowing, healthy skin, it does: 1% of One Love Organics’s net annual proceeds go to two organizations, both of which support families in need. The first is CARE, a leading international organization dedicated to fighting the underlying causes of global poverty. And the second, The Children’s Scholarship Fund, assists low-income families in sending their children to the private schools of their choice.

All that to say, it’s going to be a long winter – we suggest loading up.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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November 15, 2012

In Good Fashion: Hurricane Sandy & Rue

There’s no denying we have one of the greatest Member bases a company could ever ask for. So when trying to figure out the best way that Rue could contribute to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, calling upon our amazing Members – you – was a no-brainer.

As our CEO, Ben Fischman, explained in an email that went out this past Monday, help is just a click away.

“We want to invite you, and all of our Members, to join this effort. It is our hope that many of you will donate $10 (or more if you like) to the American Red Cross 2012 Hurricane Fund. And just as we’re doing for our own Rue team, donate here, and we will match your donation.*”

*Rue La La’s total donation capped at $75,000 now through November 12, 2012.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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November 8, 2012