I’ve thought a lot about retailers who create charity products to aid crises or support foundations, and I honestly can’t decide whether consumerism and charity—both for shoppers and retailers—is a good or bad thing. When a company sells a product that benefits charity, are they genuine in their desire to help? Or are they looking to improve their image, appeal to a new market, or even boost sales? As consumers, when we’re swayed to purchase these items, are we being irresponsible for not offering our financial support directly? Or are we aiding causes that we wouldn’t have otherwise made contributions to? Keep reading »
I’ve been wanting to buy a pair of TOMS shoes for a while … but not from Target. Browsing the shoe department at Tar-jay this weekend, I noticed a cute pair of navy-and-white striped canvas loafers with a straight cut across the top of the foot. Very nautical, very Connecticut. One problem: they look a hell of a lot like TOMS shoes. As you might know, the majority of TOMS shoes are canvas or linen loafers with a distinctive straight cut.
Coincidence? I’m not sure. But TOMS loafers retail for about $44. Target’s knockoffs only retail for $16.99. Keep reading »
Here’s one use for fake goods we can get behind. More than $3.6 million worth of counterfeit goods in the form of 109,300 pairs of shoes, 10,000 pants, and 2,592 sweaters were seized in the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaports, but instead of simply trashing the fakes, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection decided to donate the items to those in need. Now, a variety of organizations including World Vision International, Soles4Souls, Samaritan’s Feet, and Shelter Partnership are set to receive a major infusion of clothing contributions, which will provide for hundreds in need. It truly warms our hearts to think that, finally, someone has realizedf all the excess in the world can be used for good. It calls to mind the H&M and Urban Outfitters drama from earlier this year. Interestingly, all of the designers who were knocked off with these counterfeit items agreed to the donation, meaning fashion’s feeling especially altruistic lately. [The Epoch Times] Keep reading »
Do you like water, shoes, and looking good? If so, hot damn, have we got the shoes for you. Well, actually, TOMS has the shoes for you. Their new design collaboration with charity: water, a non-profit that builds clean wells in communities that need them, has turned up a couple pairs of rather adorable kicks. The blue pair is modeled to resemble waves, while the gray — our favorite! — is called The Map Shoe for obvious reasons. Both are made of sustainable materials and the proceeds go towards building a well. They’re $58 each and will be available exclusively at TOMS.com for a limited time. [Nitrolicious] Keep reading »
Since celebrities are so into “giving back,” they often participate in charity auctions. And what better to auction off than … time with them. Above, check out some of the celebrities who have auctioned off dates with themselves for good causes in the past two years. Kind of shocking that Simon Doonan brought in significantly more smackers than Hugh Jackman, no? Though Scarlett Johansson is totally worth $40K in our opinion. After the jump, a breakdown of what exactly each star sold and what their high bidder shelled out in the end. Keep reading »
Here’s some, uh, unique charity: $2 from every $39 Pink Edition Portopong inflatable beer pong table will go to the Keep A Breast Foundation for education about breast cancer prevention.
It is indeed commendable that Portopong raised $2,500 last year for the Keep A Breast charity and this year they hope to raise over $3,000. Though I can’t help but wonder WTF is going on with my generation, shopping and charity. Newsflash: in Ye Olden Dayes, charity was just charity and every super-fun thing in the world didn’t just have a pink ribbon slapped on it to make it about “breast cancer” (a concept called “pinkwashing”) or some other tenuous connection to some other charity. Last week, we learned Axe Body Spray is holding half-naked “undie runs” nationwide to allegedly collect clothing for homelessness charities. We also learned last week about a “Star Wars”/Slave Princess Leia car wash fundraiser held out in L.A. And even before that, we learned Kentucky Fried Chicken is selling buckets of bird to raise money for breast cancer — despite the obvious health risks of eating fried food. Pardon me for sounding like such a grump, but the earthquake in Haiti notwithstanding, since when did giving become about what you get? Charitable donations would be a lot more commendable if they didn’t look like such publicity stunts. [Portopong, Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »