With political upheaval sending shockwaves through the United States and beyond, terrorist attacks in Europe, a refugee crisis spilling over continental borders, and other global strife, it’s safe to say that 2017 has been a tough year to get through. Even those of us who are cushioned from the worst of it are conscientious of how others must still fight to survive with little resources.
During the holidays, feelings of generosity and compassion are at their peak, which makes this the perfect time to orchestrate your gift giving with a philanthropic angle. Not only will you be giving presents to your friends and family that they’ll love to receive (think: stylish bags and blinged-out water bottles), but each product or collection mentioned in our edit also gives back to humanitarian and environmental causes the world over.
In her second collaboration with luxury footwear designer Stuart Weitzman, supermodel Gigi Hadid has released three chic mule styles adorned with the “evil eye” symbol to ward off negative energy. The collection also comes with a philanthropic promise: in partnership with Pencils for Promise, a proceed of sales will be used to build three new schools in Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos respectively.
In order to address problems of bullying both online and IRL, Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2 have partnered with the Be Cool, Be Nice anti-bullying campaign to spread a message of peer positivity. You can shop for items from the brand’s ‘Be Cool, Be Nice’ collection of denim, T-shirts, and accessories November 23rd onwards.
Photo: Courtesy of Nadine Arton
A portion of Nadine Arton’s proceeds go to benefit The Amal Project, which is a charity organization that transforms caravans into safe playspaces for children who are living in regions of conflict. The Amal Project’s idea is to mitigate the psychological trauma that comes with their living conditions. You can purchase Nadine Arton’s collections at Label Hub in Beirut, Boutikee Casual Chic in Kuwait, and at her showroom headquarters in Jumeirah 1, Dubai.
Although prices for Alexa Chung’s covetable new brand ALEXACHUNG tend to be on the high side, this adorable gingham bag that she just designed is both affordable and charitable. 100 percent of the profits from the sale of the bag will go to benefit the Sarabande Foundation, which was started to honor the memory of fashion designer Alexander McQueen by providing scholarships to promising students from low-income backgrounds.
Everyone’s favorite portable water bottle just got a swanky upgrade, courtesy of Swarovski. In partnership with the world-famous crystal brand’s Waterschool charity, which works to provide water to impoverished communities, S’well has produced a line of glittering bottles. 20 percent of the net profits from the sale of the Swarovski x S’well limited-edition collection will be donated to Swarovski Waterschool.
Chic and well-priced bags, backpacks, and other accessories are the foundation of State Bag’s business, but philanthropy is also a huge part of what it does. When you buy a State bag, it gives one – fully loaded with supplies – to a child in need. When the products are this cute and its cause is this good, it might be time to stock up for everyone on your list.
Watch Hunger Stop is Michael Kors’ annual campaign to stop hunger worldwide. For every special-edition product sold during this campaign, 100 meals are donated to the World Food Program. This year, a gorgeous crop of smartwatches are included in the special-edition collection, and so is this limited-edition pair of the ‘Lon’ sunglasses. You can help this worthy cause by shopping the collection here.
Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung is conscientious of his roots. For that reason, he launched his own charity called Shikshya Foundation Nepal, which currently benefits Red Cross Nepal and aids the Nepal earthquake relief efforts. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of his slogan tees benefit the Shikshya Foundation Nepal, which make the perfect gift for the budding feminist in your life.
There are few products on the market better suited for dealing with dry winter skin than Kiehl’s ‘Ultimate Strength’ salve, but the proceeds from the sale of this product will just so happen to be donated to amfAR for HIV/AIDS research.
The story behind Sarah’s Bag is one of our all-time favorites. As a brand that considers itself both a fashion and social enterprise, Sarah’s Bag exclusively employs underprivileged women. With the help and artisan training provided, a team of female ex-prisoners in Lebanon are given a second lease on life, often going on to become skilled artisans on their own. The brand also focuses on initiatives that help raise funds to improve prison conditions and provide literacy training.