3 Organizations That Prove Style Can Have a Social Impact
From a new feminist zine to a beauty brand that's goes more than skin deep.
Published Nov 4, 2017 5:00 AM
In our ever-turbulent political climate, more brands, designers, and artists are making a point to empower women and have a meaningful impact with their work. Some companies, like Kahina Giving Beauty, are founded on this very idea, while others, like sportswear brand Milly, are launching thoughtful new collaborations that benefit nonprofits they believe in. Here are three groups you need to know—and support.
Repro Rights Zine launched this past spring in response to the current legislation surrounding women’s health care. The colorful, pocket-size read (which can be downloaded and printed from the zine’s website, encouraging wide distribution) is packed with facts yet brilliantly simple.
Founders Layla Alter, India Menuez, and Emma Holland teamed up with artists such as Petra Collins and Alia Penner to create a special-edition poster series, with proceeds benefiting the Center for Reproductive Rights. Next up: the recently released second issue, focusing on self-defense. Ladies unite!
Empowering girls to be “strong, smart, and bold,” the New York–based organization Girls Inc. offers assistance by way of local chapters all over the United States. With proceeds funding everything from sending girls to sports camps to supplying educational materials, the nonprofit runs on a case-by-case basis to best serve girls ages 6 to 18.
In September, sportswear brand Milly launched a 20-piece capsule collection in collaboration with Girls Inc. New York, and plans to donate 20 percent of the profits to the chapter. Snag some swag while supporting girls on the rise!
Prices range from $45 for a zip pouch to $155 for a hooded sweatshirt.
Kahina Giving Beauty brings a feel-good mission to customers and the makers behind the botanical-based skincare. A percentage of revenue goes back to a community of Berber women in Morocco, who do the hard work of extracting argan oil—the nourishing ingredient at the heart of the brand’s products.
Kahina not only provides them with economic freedom, but also educational initiatives and everyday needs like eyeglasses. The new cleansing Neroli Beldi Soap, based on those used in traditional hammam bathing rituals, launches worldwide in October. We’re all for beauty that goes more than skin-deep.