It’s World AIDS Day, and if you’re not already active in promoting AIDS charities, you can give a bit of extra help by making some specific purchases. This year, brands like Stella McCartney, Converse, Armani, Mac, Kiehl’s, and others have created special promotions to raise awareness. After the jump, a rundown of the goods for good. Keep reading »
Women in Need is NYC’s largest provider of shelter and vital services for homeless families. This year, they’re raising funds in a truly different and creative way: They asked a bunch of celebrities, designers, and athletes to custom-design a paper mache house around the theme “Home is where the heart is.” Let’s just say people were into the idea because Oscar de la Renta designed a home (above), Kate Spade, Isaac Mizrahi, the Beckhams, Diane von Furstenberg and loads more people you know did too! Best part is, the houses really portray who and what the designers are all about. Check ‘em out after the jump — which is your personal fave? Keep reading »
While countless celebrities have joined the fashion world recently (um, yeah, Kings of Leon just launched a line too), here’s an example of two that are doing so for an actual purpose besides furthering their own fame: Courteney Cox and David Arquette created a line of jewelry with Satya to benefit their good friend’s son, Brendon, who suffers from Epidermolysis Bullosa. “We were not aware of the condition until it affected us personally but, of course, once we got to know this incredible child we wanted to do whatever we could to help,” said David. The couple worked with Satya to create a line of butterfly jewelry, which will benefit those affected by the disease. Shop it here. [British Vogue] Keep reading »
We’re a little confused. A friend sent this link and when we clicked on it, we came across this duvet for sale beneath the tag line: “The Home Duvet lets you sleep under a cardboard box so a homeless person doesn’t have to!” The idea of sleeping under a chic, faux-cardboard box may seem a little, um, insensitive, but 30 percent of the profits go to a British charity for young homeless people. Sooo …. And we have to admit the print does look kind of cool. Up to you, folks. [$55, Dutch By Design] Keep reading »
Knitters, listen up! Use your skills and take action by participating in Knitting Against AIDS (brought to you by the Designers Against AIDS foundation). All you have to do is put those needles to work, knit a scarf, and send it in (you will have to pay for international shipping because this particular project works with STD- and HIV-awareness organizations in Antwerp … but, charity, people!). They’ll slap on a special tag, and sell the goods a week before World AIDS Day (December 1, 2009). Your garments will be sold alongside those of famous fashion designers. The proceeds will be donated to the Cause-For-AIDS Fund.
With the recent advances in the field of AIDS and HIV research, it’s important to keep the momentum going. So take part and warm some hearts! Or, erm, necks. [DesignersAgainstAids.com] Keep reading »
Yesterday, after Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump was arrested for driving without a license, John Mayer admitted he’d been arrested for the same offense and then Twittered a challenge to Harvey Levin at TMZ: “produce my mugshot, [and] I will donate 25k to the charity of [your] choice.” He even gave a hint: “in the first half of the naughts, in the home of the Brave.” Mayer, it turns out, had been arrested in May 2001 in Atlanta (the case was dismissed the following month). TMZ did manage to score the mugshot, but The Smoking Gun beat them by about five minutes in publishing it. Still, John never said TMZ had to be the first site to produce the photo. So, true to his word, he coughed up $25,000 to be split between the two charities TMZ chose (Pet Orphans and Ace of Hearts, two animal shelters in California). Call it a creative publicity stunt, but I say it’s nice to see a celebrity arrest result in such a happy ending. [via TMZ] Keep reading »
Mormons do it … Swiss farm boys do it. Oxford students do it. Now, farm girls are doing it. Baring it all for a charity calendar, that is. British lasses in the Young Farmers’ Club posed nude for a 2010 farm-themed calendar to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Pitchforks, hay bales, and lotsa skin. [Sun UK] Keep reading »
We all know UV rays (the fake kind or the real deal) don’t do us any favors. Wrinkles are one thing, but, more distressingly, sun exposure ups our chances of getting skin cancer. What you might not have considered is how important hats can be when it comes to preventing sun damage. Allow me to introduce your favorite new must-have summer accessory. This Lauren Moffatt-designed canvas hat with gold grommets is guaranteed to not only cover up your face but your neck too from those dastardly UV rays. Leave it to the creator of easy, summer dresses to come up with the perfect, face-saving solution—and it’s all for charity! One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to The Skin Cancer Foundation. [The Cut] Keep reading »
Do something else that’s environmentally friendly during your shower, besides, uh, peeing in it. Today, beauty company Lush launches a do-gooder initiative with a few new products that can help save the rainforest. More specifically, the goal is to fight against destructive palm oil plantations, which are often responsible for mass deforestation. (Lush has developed a non-palm base for its soaps). Proceeds from the green “Jungle Soap,” which launches today, will help the Rainforest Foundation protect tribal homes, while 100 percent of the retail proceeds from The Charity Pot hand and body lotion will go to Orangutan protection societies (as these animals are endangered in the area).
You might want to start taking a closer look at the ingredients in your bath products, and see if you’re consuming a lot of palm oil. If so, you can introduce yourself to the world of non-palm soaps with a special sampler of nine different Lush fragrances, allowing you to clean your body and conscience. [Lush] Keep reading »