Ladies, privilege check: have you been taking for granted the fact that you have an education, can pursue a career and have a right to vote?
Those things don’t apply to every woman in the world yet, but that’s exactly why International Women’s Day exists. This year’s theme, #EachforEqual, highlights the fact that we still have quite a way to go in achieving gender equality. (Check out these stats for a wake up call.) And while you could celebrate the accomplishments of the women you know with a fancy brunch or show your appreciation for others’ musical and literary talents, why not go beyond that by supporting a good cause?
This March, fashion brands are encouraging us to lend a hand to girls and women less fortunate than we are through various charitable initiatives that give back to organisations. It may be in the form of a T-shirt or a bucket hat, but anything you purchase in the list below will make a difference in a fellow woman’s life. Isn’t that fantastic?
Ahead of 8 March, find out all the ways you can shop for a cause below.
For the third year in a row, Net-a-Porter is honouring International Women’s Day with an exclusive line of T-shirts created by female designers. As usual, all proceeds will go to Women for Women International. And since it’s the online retailer’s 20th anniversary, 20 designers were invited to contribute to the collection, including Gabriela Hearst, Isabel Marant, Alexa Chung, Sandra Choi of Jimmy Choo. Our top pick is this tee by Stella McCartney; true to her brand’s sustainable ethos, it is made with 100 per cent organic cotton.
As part of its partnership with UNICEF called “Girls Forward”, Chloé has unveiled a couple of T-shirts, a necklace and a bracelet. The T-shirts, in particular, are made with organic cotton jersey and come in white and beige. All proceeds from the sales of these items will go into funding UNICEF’s programs, which equip young girls and women with skills for them to excel in their future workplace.
The collection will be available on Chloe.com from 6 March.
Besides holding its annual series of “InCharge Conversations” panels with speakers like Gloria Steinem and Naomi Klein, Diane von Furstenberg is empowering women with a limited-edition collection of colourful printed skirts, wrap dresses, jumpsuits and more. A portion of its proceeds will be donated to Vital Voices, an organization dedicated to providing leadership training to women.
Alice + Olivia has an equally colourful contribution for International Women’s Day. The New York-based label has collaborated with London street artist Lakwena for a limited-edition capsule collection of T-shirts, skirts and a kimono. The garments feature Lakwena’s inspiring mural slogans like “Raise Your Hopes” and “Life You Higher”. Besides making a bold statement, 10 per cent of the sales from the collection will fund LifeWay Network and its mission of ending human trafficking.
For the occasion, New York label Cynthia Rowley has paired up with CARE, an international, women-focused nonprofit that aims to end poverty around the world. The brand has released an “I Love You” bucket hat, a matching sweatshirt, as well as a cloud sweatshirt, from which 15 per cent of sales proceeds will be donated to CARE.
Another fashion brand that has partnered with CARE is & Other Stories, although its International Women’s Day offerings are a little bit different. The European label has commissioned nine female photographers from around the world including Gia Coppola, Amanda Charchian and Laura Kampman to take their self-portraits. These were in turn made into limited-edition posters, now available in & Other Stories’ boutiques and website. All proceeds from the posters will go to CARE. Additionally, the brand will also donate €1 (S$1.54) to the organization for every selfie shared on Instagram with the hashtag #herimageherstory.