It can be difficult to balance your love of shopping with your desire to give back to the community. We all know that dressing well is not exactly the cheapest thing in the world, and sometimes fashion can seemingly take priority over many other expenses. This is why I am thrilled to see multiple initiatives taken to combine the seemingly strange duo of clothing and charity.
If you’re all about designer duds and high-tier items, look no further than Jeffrey Fashion Cares. The wonderful charity, established in 1992 by Jeffrey Kalinsky, owner of the eponymous and iconic store in the Meatpacking District, has raised almost $8 million for LGBT and LGBT youth charities in New York City. This year’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares event is fast approaching. It’s on Monday, March 28 at 7:30 PM on the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier. The event includes a swanky cocktail reception, a runway show, and a silent auction, featuring goodies by Prada, Gucci, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and more. Tickets start at $250 and are available for purchase here. 95% of every dollar raised goes directly to their beneficiaries. It’s a small price to pay for a fabulous party, exclusive and chic items at the silent auction, and above all, a great cause.
To show support without breaking the bank, H&M’s Fashion Against Aids is being released on April 26th in H&M’s Divided department, with 25% of sales donated to youth HIV/AIDS projects around the world. Any good H&M junkie knows that their well-priced and versatile items add a lot to your wardrobe, so I was thrilled to see that this collection is no different! “We wanted to creative a unisex collection with a sporty vibe,” Ann-Sofie Johnson, Head of Design at H&M said. “It felt really liberating to think of the cut, the shape and the fabric first before thinking of what gender it should be for.” After peeking at a preview of the collection, I’m confident it is going to be a hit. All of the garments can be adapted and styled to fit individual needs. Additionally, I appreciate that Fashion Against Aids is raising awareness on a global scale, reminding us that HIV is everywhere and still concerns us all.
In the past two decades, there have been incredible developments in medical technology that have enormously raised survival rates for those suffering from HIV and AIDS, but there is still a lot of work to be done. With busy schedules and financial limitations, finding time to give back is not exactly easy, which is why I find it crucial to explore these opportunities. As you gear up for spring and shop around for a new wardrobe, please consider these suggestions and help others while helping yourselves!