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

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

 

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

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

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

While Hurricane Sandy’s come and gone (for the most part, at least), the storm’s impact was – and continues to be – felt by millions. We’ve all see the flood footage in New York, New Jersey, and beyond – clearly, there’s a huge need for help.

Looking to do your part in providing relief? Check out these opportunities:

Tonight, at 8PM ET, NBC will be airing a telethon in the name of Hurricane victims. Slated to perform? Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, and Christina Aguilera, to name a few. Be sure to check it out – and donate. (All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.)

United Way has set up a donation fund to “address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of individuals, families and communities along the Eastern Seaboard that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation”. Donations can be made here.

Feed The Children continues to dispatch truckloads of disaster-relief supplies, food, toiletries, clean water, and more to areas in need. Help get as many trucks on the road as possible by donating here.

Habitat for Humanity has taken action by assisting in home re-builds. To contribute to this initiative financially, call their Partner Service Center at 1-800-HABITAT (422-4828), then press “0”, to provide a representative with your information over the phone.

To aid in providing medical assistance and supplies, donate to Americares here.

Check out Hope for New York for a continually updated list of specific spots in need – all in the New York City area.

Eager to lend a hand? Volunteer organizations abound. Check out opportunities within the American Red Cross, Team RubiconNational Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster,  The Corporation for National and Community Service, and The Humane Society of the United States (to name a few). For a list of emergency shelters in the New York City area, click here.

And, of course, it’s critical to be sure that your contributed dollars are actually making it to the right place. The Huffington Post suggests keeping these tips in mind as you look to donate.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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November 2, 2012

Images via SOLO Eyewear

Since 2011, approximately 2,400 people in need across the globe have had their vision restored. Another feat by UNICEF, you ask? Nope – it was by way of SOLO Eyewear, and their utterly chic bamboo sunglasses.

While eye care is so easy to take for granted (I can’t imagine getting through the day-to-day without my own glasses), it turns out that nearly one billion people around the world are without access to it. An even more staggering statistic? About 80% of the world’s blindness is preventable.

The brainchild of San Diego State University classmates (and now alums) Jenny Amaraneni, Craig Stern, and Dana Holliday, SOLO Eyewear’s model is simple: With each purchase of a pair of SOLO sunglasses, eye care (be it surgery or prescription glasses) is provided for two people in need. Working in part with L V Prasad Eye Institute, Aravind Eye Care System, and Restoring Vision, SOLO was able to fund 150 cataract surgeries and 2,250 pairs of reading glasses in just a year and a half – all through the sale of their sunglasses.

The sunglasses are, hands down, so cool. I’m equal parts obsessed with the Bamblues and pretty much every style from their RAW Artists Competition (they’re available on pre-order now, for $150).

The long and short of it? Get out there and spread the word about SOLO Eyewear (after you snag your own pair of shades, that is).

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 25, 2012

This just in – bottles can be made into jeans. (Yep. Keep reading.)

Always a trailblazer in the world of denim, Levi’s® has announced that it’ll be rolling out a new line of jean products  Waste<Less™  that will include at least 20% of recycled products, post-consumer use (translation: each item will contain approximately eight 12- to 20-ounce bottles in its material).

No Bill Nye myself, picturing this textile feat wasn’t easy. Turns out though, products made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) materials – like brown beer bottles, green soda bottles, clear water bottles and black food trays – can be crushed down into miniscule flakes and then made into polyester fiber. The polyester fiber is blended with cotton fiber, and the blend is then woven with traditional cotton to create the actual denim.

The first iteration of Waste<Less™ products is set to launch in Spring 2013, and – get this – it will be utilizing approximately 3.5 million recycled bottles.

Sounds like permission to go on a jean-shopping binge, if you ask me.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 18, 2012

 

Image via Warby Parker

Say hello to your new favorite pair of shades. Ever-cool eyewear purveyor Warby Parker (yep – the brand behind those ultra-hip specs that are priced amazingly low) has teamed up with non-profit Pencils for Promise to make a difference in the lives of kids in developing countries, by way of – you guessed it – super-chic sunnies.

Pencils of Promise (PoP) started with, literally, a pencil. After handing one to a small boy who was begging on the streets of India – and watching as “a wave of possibility washed over him” –  founder Adam Braun spent the next five years backpacking through more than 50 countries, giving kids pens and pencils along the way. Such a small thing, he realized, opened doors of opportunity and promise for little ones who may have never had such a thing. Recognizing a need for educational involvement by way of non-profits, PoP was founded in October 2008 with the aim of building just one school in a developing country. Since then? They’ve built 50.

Now, back to the sunglasses. They come in graphite and honey (inspired by a classic pencil, of course), and $30 of each purchase goes straight to PoP.

So many futures, looking so bright…(you know how the rest goes).

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 11, 2012

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s no secret that the fashion world has long played a prominent role in fighting this all-too-prevalent disease. Below is a round-up of trèfashionable accessories, apparel, and more, all opportunities in themselves to support breast cancer research by way of style.

1) Chan Luu – our wrist party go-to – has designed a special line of bracelets to support Breastcancer.org‘s Think Pink, Live Green initiative (it receives 50% of the bracelets’ proceeds).

2) Putting their unparalleled kitchen prowess to even greater use, KitchenAid’s Cook for the Cure® program hosts culinary-based fundraisers, auctions, and events (not to mention offers a line of pink kitchen products), all in the name of breast cancer research. In the past ten years, it has raised over $8 million for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

3) That coveted polo pony just so happens to be more than a status symbol. 10% of all purchases from Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony line go to the Pink Pony Fund of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation (in the name of cancer care and prevention).

4) With its origins in the women’s soccer world, PUMA’s Project Pink fights breast cancer by way of a little friendly competition. Girls can nominate their favorite breast cancer charity online, and the winning charity receives 100% of proceeds from the Project Pink shop (packed with sporty pink tops, shorts, shoes, and more).

5) Back to the wrist party: Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED™’s Entwined Glamour Bracelet is about as irresistible as is what it stands for (proceeds go to the American Breast Cancer Foundation).

6) Available in packs of six, these whimsical hair ties aren’t just a much-welcome change-up to those plain black rubber bands; 20% of each pack purchased goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. (PS – we’ve been known to wear these as bracelets, too.)

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 4, 2012