From a house of cards to a game of Jenga, stacking is a pretty stressful ordeal. Everything needs to have perfect balance… if one piece is off, the whole thing tumbles down. Bracelets are just one more thing to add to that list. Creating a perfect jewelry combination is an art, people. Thankfully, I’ve had a career in event planning and am well-equipped to offer the perfect guest list for your next arm party. Let’s make it a philanthropic one, starring charitable fashion brands who give.
Many socially-conscious fashion brands focus on jewelry. When you get past the TOMS and Warby Parkers of the giving world, you’ll find a hint of sparkle in charitable jewelry brands giving back to a bevy of beautiful causes. Some manufactured and some artisanal, I’ve rounded up a list of some of my favorite bracelets to give back to a cause. Take the world’s issues into your own hands and make a change with the flick of your wrist.
Raven + Lilly
The Cause: Founded by social good sweethearts Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin, Raven + Lily was created as a platform to utilize those passions to alleviate poverty among women. Raven + Lily currently helps employ marginalized women in India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cambodia, Pakistan, Guatemala, and the USA at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. BONUS: Raven + Lilly is an eco-friendly brand.
The Cause: “Materialism that matters.” Matterial Fix seeks to empower girls worldwide. Its focus is on education, rescue and restoration from sex trafficking, self-awareness and empowerment for girls ages 5-19 years old. Each piece of jewelry represents a woman’s story… talk about a statement piece.
The Cause: Noonday Collection finds artisan entrepreneurs who are passionate about creating opportunity in their communities. Due to the competitiveness of business and the weight mass manufacturers play in trade, artisan businesses in the developing world struggle to gain access to a global market where they can sell their handmade jewelry and accessories. Indigenous materials make for a fashionable piece to add to the jewelry box.
The Cause: A local-turned-worldwide gem, MaLi Beads to support the third world country with their “From MaLi, For Mali” campaign. Founded in 2009 by two best friends dwelling in Miami, the MaLi Beads line offers handmade jewelry collections in an eclectic range of designs inspired by the country’s eight regions.
The Cause: Bracha‘s sole purpose is to create beautiful jewelry for beautiful people while fighting human trafficking. According to the charitable brand’s website, bracha means blessing in Hebrew — that’s my hebrew name, but that’s beside the point! The one-of-a-kind jewelry was inspired by The A21 Campaign, which opened the founders’ eyes to modern day slavery and injustices everywhere. Bracha aims to have women not only be confident enough to wear the jewelry, but also be strong enough to advocate against human trafficking.