Summer Fashion Finds That Give Back

July 05, 2014 | by Tricia Carr | Style & Beauty

As you fill your closet with summer fashion, consider these finds that support philanthropic endeavors around the world.

Printed bow tote by Kate Spade.

Printed Bow Tote ($128). Kate Spade, 320 San Lorenzo Ave., Space 1235, Coral Gables, 305-441-2377

This bold tote exudes summer in Miami; buy it and you’ll support Kate Spade’s On Purpose initiative. By teaching 150 women in Masaro, Rwanda how to make products for Kate Spade & Company's brands, the hope is that this group of artisans can become a permanent supplier and provide economic support to their African community.

Toms shoes for men and women.

Left: TOMS Brogues Wingtip for Men ($98). Right: TOMS Chambray Wedge Sandal ($69). Nordstrom, 4310 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-999-1313

You might be familiar with TOMS’ One for One shoe donation program, but this summer, get familiar with the brands’ stylish seasonal shoes—for men and women. Above, two chambray styles that’ll complete a casual summer look. 

Alex and Ani bracelets that give back.

Left: Alex and Ani Living Water Expandable Wire Bangle ($28). Right: Alex and Ani Life Preserver Expandable Wire Bangle ($28). Bloomingdale’s, 8778 S.W. 136th St., Miami, 305-252-6300

Bracelet mecca Alex and Ani gives back to multiple charities through its Charity by Design collection. Summer-appropriate selections include a recycled brass bangle with a blue glass charm, which benefits Living Water International, and a bangle with a life preserver charm, which benefits Donate Life America.

Tunic by Lemlem at Barneys New York.

Lemlem Striped V-Neck Tunic ($200). Barneys New York, 832 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-421-2010

This striped cotton tunic—which doubles as an airy bathing suit cover-up—is made by weavers in Ethiopia for Lemlem, a clothing line founded by model Liya Kebede to give citizens of her native country economic independence, and to preserve the art of weaving.

Warby Parker sunglasses for men and women.

Top: Warby Parker Beckett Revolver Black Matte ($95). Bottom: Warby Parker Minnie Eucalyptus ($95). Warby Parker glasses available at The Readery at The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., Miami, 888-492-7297

Warby Parker’s Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program promises that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair will be given to someone in need. Luckily its collections are easy on the eyes: above, black matte-rimmed shades for men, and round, eucalyptus-green frames for women.

Michael Kors watch that benefits Watch Hunger Stop.

Watch Hunger Stop Oversized 100 Series Watch in Gold ($295). Michael Kors, 9700 Collins Ave., Ste. 230, Bal Harbour, 305-864-4144

This oversized Michael Kors watch has the perfect summer color combo: light gold-tone stainless steel with a deep turquoise dial. Better yet, for every watch purchased, 100 meals will be delivered to children in need by the United Nations World Food Programme

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