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Weeks 9 & 10: Web Talks, Do-Gooder Groups, and a Feature Documentary

Examples of People Donating Skills for Free:
Donorschoose.org
Teach for America
Download to Donate
Doctors Without Borders
Angles With Fur Japan


Documentary Feature

Born Into Brothels (2004) Full Film:

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JUNK to FUNK! (Naomi Bar)

Junk to Funk is a brand which seeks to use recycled material to create fashionable cloathing designs. It reaches out to the American public and encourages them, through the puchase of junk to funk cloathing, to change their consumer mentality. Continue reading

SUNO: Lily Huber

Suno is a brand that first caught my eyes a few years ago. I was in a small boutique in West Hollywood and I saw a section of the store devoted to this line and was curious to know more about it. SUNO was created in 2008 by Max Osterweis. He collected different textiles from his trips to Kenya and was inspired by the designs. The company employs local Kenyans to help produce the line and SUNO really wants to use the success of the brand to build awareness of all the amazing talent in Kenya. SUNO is about the “goal of making quality and luxury in a socially responsible way.”
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LENY PROJECT: Fashion Meets the Environment: Mardi Vartabedian

“ At a time when the future of our planet is not only in question but in urgency to react, we must act quickly & together”.  From the inspiring words of the fashion designer, Mariel Gamboa, who launched the fashion project, LENY, with hope to mobilize the fashion industry to become active roles in the world’s seeking environment.
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Invisble Children by Lindsay Swiggum

I know I have done a few posts about Invisible Children already, but I am doing a case study on their website right now. Unfortunately, I do not have the space to be able to write about each incredible aspect of Invisible Children, so I’d like to take the time to highlight their fashion line they have. Continue reading

Nelson Mandela’s Clothing Line

Former South African President Nelson Mandela started a new clothing line last month to supplement the funding for his charity foundation and to give a boost to South Africa’s ailing clothing industry. The title of the clothing line will be 46664 Apparel, a nod to Mandela’s prisoner number from when he spent 27 years in jail from 1964 until 1990. He then became the country’s first black president four years later.

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EcoChic Fashions

EcoChic Fashions is a collective that encourages designers to use eco-friendly materials in creating their clothing.  It was founded in Hong Kong by Greener 2 Greener, (http://www.green2greener.com/) an initiative that promotes sustainable living.  Their main goal is to put designers and fashion houses in contact with textile makers that work with sustainable materials.  In order to spread the message EcoChic hosts sustainable fashion shows annually in both Europe and Asia.  They give people an opportunity to see that wearing sustainable fabrics is just as fashionable as anything!

If you want to learn more you can visit the EcoChic Fashions website at http://www.ecochicfashions.com/index.html

Protect the Skin You’re In-Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs has worked with the “Protect the Skin You’re In” campaign since 2006. The trendy New York designer has designed t-shirts that feature nude models and celebrities who are covered by the campaign’s slogan. The shirts are to raise awareness on skin cancer as well as benefit melanoma research at the NYU Cancer Institute.
All revenue gained from the $35 t-shirts benefit the NYU School of Medicine’s Interdisciplinary Melanoma Cooperative Group (IMCG). The shirts are available exclusively at Marc Jacobs stores.

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People Tree by Elizabeth Carlisle

http://www.peopletree.co.uk/

I first heard about People Tree when reading a Fashion Magazine called Women’s Wear Daily. The article was talking about how the famous actress, Emma Watson, was designing a line for the sustainable, fair trade clothing line. I’ve always been interested in alternative clothing brands; fashion companies that produce a great clothing line but also give back to people and who are also very socially conscious.

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The FEED Foundation: Lily Huber

The first time I noticed a FEED bag was in the stands of a Whole Foods market a few years ago. I didn’t think much of it, until I started seeing them on the arms of numerous celebrities and of course I was curious to know more about this project and why so many people were taking part in it. Lauren Bush (George W.’s niece) and United Nations World Food Program’s Communications Officer Ellen Gustafson started FEED Projects in 2007 and the concept is that if you buy one of these burlap bags it will feed a child in school for one year. After checking out their site when I saw the bag at the market, I wanted to contribute- so I purchased a bunch of bags for my friends as gifts. I have to say it’s an organization I really admire and I think they have done a great job in a very challenging task: merging fashion and philanthropy.
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