Make An Impact: Giving Back, Changing Lives

Giving back is a simple thing that can affect our world in a big way. If you want to make a fashion statement with a purpose, get inspired by these important causes and their supporters—and learn how you, too, can make a difference.

Sarah Jessica Parker | UNICEF

Sarah Jessica Parker may be best known for her iconic role in “Sex in the City,” but the actress, shoe designer, and philanthropist uses her celebrity status to remind us to give back to others. Parker supports G-Star’s and Bionic Yarn’s collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, which produces apparel made from recycled ocean plastic. And this isn’t the UNICEF ambassador’s first dive into charity-approved apparel. She also supports the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Music Under New York program, which cultivates live music across New York City’s underground subway system. In addition, Parker has worked with Michael Kors’ Watch Hunger Stop campaign, which honors World Food Day (October 16) each year and highlights Kors’ and the United Nations World Food Programme’s efforts to fight hunger globally. UNICEFusa.org, UN.org

Zac Posen | Fashion Designer + Teacher and Children’s Advocate

Zac Posen launched his first collection in 2001. His vision was one for modern American glamour that married couture technique with striking innovation. A native New Yorker, Posen began his design training at a very young age. He attended Parson’s School of Design at just 16 years old, followed by London’s Central Saint Martins University. Two years following his first collection, he was awarded one of fashion’s most prestigious honors, The Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear by the CFDA. Posen was also awarded Designer of the Year by Women’s Wear Daily and Variety Magazine in 2015. Today, Posen is known globally for his technique in artisanal craftsmanship, anatomical construction, and textile manipulation. The awe-inspiring designer is also known for supporting several local charities, including TeachersCount and Shuzz, which provides free shoes to needy children. ZacPosen.com

Finn + Emma | Fair Trade for Women

For many of us, our environment is top of mind. We try to maintain a balance of both stylish and sustainable, and know that when it comes to our babies, this is a must. At Finn + Emma, the use of toxic chemicals are a thing of the past and modern colors, fresh prints, and heirloom quality construction are in full bloom. The brand’s garments and accessories are produced in fair trade settings that focus on social and economic independence for local people, women especially, working to provide for their families in a safe and fair environment by an artisanal women’s collective in Peru. FinnAndEmma.com

Lucinda Cross | Activate Worldwide

Lucinda Cross is a motivational speaker who was recently featured on “Queen Boss,” a reality competition series on Centric. She was 18 years old and a freshman in college when her entire life changed. The campus views and the liberating spirit she had just dipped her toes in were replaced by the dull images of gray cement floors, painted yellow lines, and the removal of her freedom. She spent 4 1/2 years in federal prison and five years on probation. Since that time, she has been on fire to inspire, encourage, and uplift women. Her goal: to teach them how to learn from their experiences, tap into their gifts and greatness, and build a business that makes a difference to themselves and others. Cross creates and delivers products and services that include seminars, workshops, and training designed for entrepreneurial women, millennials, and at-risk youth. LucindaCross.com

by Vanessa Coppes

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