Fashion for a Cause: Shop a Little, Give a Little

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Fashion for a Cause: Shop a Little, Give a Little
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Giving is the crux of the holiday season. This year, allow your generosity to go even further by purchasing gifts that give back to various charitable causes. "[Shoppers] can do double duty with each dollar by engaging in philanthropic shopping," notes Sandra Miniutti, vice president for Charity Navigator, a website that informs consumers about thousands of charitable organizations.

Warby Parker
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Warby Parker

"Warby Parker is all the rage," says celebrity stylist James Cornwell, who owns a pair of the charitable brand's glasses himself. "They have amazing customer service and, on top of all that, they give back to people in need." For every pair of glasses you buy from Warby Parker, they give another pair to someone in need. Since their inception in 2010, they've doled out more than 500,000 free glasses.

Warby Parker

Ten Thousand Villages
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Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit, fair-trade retailer that sells handcrafted products made by artisans in 38 countries. These ethical gifts run the gamut from jewelry to home decor and clothing, like this scarf handmade in Bolivia. In addition to enhancing the lives of its artisans, with whom Ten Thousand Villages builds long-term relationships, it promotes eco-friendly practices.

Ten Thousand Villages

Fila and Soles4Souls
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Fila and Soles4Souls

Popular sportstyle brand Fila has collaborated with the Soles4Souls organization, a global non-profit organization that distributes shoes and clothing to the impoverished. So far, Soles4Souls has donated more than 20 million pairs of shoes to those in need. “Our SolePurpose program with FILA makes it easy and fun for people to add the gift of helping others as an important part of their holiday celebrations," explains Soles4Souls CEO Buddy Teaster. Online shoppers are awarded discounts when they donate to Soles4Souls at checkout.

Fila

1FaceWatch
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1FaceWatch

You get to pick the cause you're donating to with 1FaceWatch. They sell eight different-colored watches, and each represents a different charity. For example, purchasing one of its white watches feeds 16 children, while buying one of its black watches provides support for eight cancer patients. Other causes include breast cancer prevention, education and AIDS treatment, among others.

1FaceWatch

Toms
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Toms

"One for One" is the trademark of Toms footwear. Every time you buy a product, Toms promises to help one person in need. In addition to donating shoes in more than 60 countries, the brand also helps restore sight in 13 countries. The company has recently expanded charitable efforts by way of its online Marketplace. The marketplace is a collaboration with other philanthropic organizations that allows you to shop by cause, region or brand.

Toms: One for One

Mitscoots
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Mitscoots

Thanks to the Austin-based company Mitscoots, buying colorful socks for your loved ones has never felt so good. The brand sells 100 percent American-made socks and leggings and for every pair purchased, Mitscoots gives an equal pair to someone in need. Not only that, but Mitscoots also employs the homeless to help package each pair of socks.

Mitscoots

LemLem
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LemLem

All products from LemLem are handwoven with natural cotton by artisans in Ethiopia. Liya Kebede -- a former model and actress who also served as the Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health for the World Heath Organization -- founded the brand in 2007. She did so upon realizing that the traditional art of weaving was on the decline, affecting the weavers' living conditions. LemLem, which means "to flourish," has helped preserve the art of weaving cotton and inspired economic independence in Ethiopia.

LemLem

Same Sky
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Same Sky

Same Sky is a fair-trade jewelry organization that teaches women who are artisans living with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda how to hand-crochet various accessories. By teaching them a skill set and providing them with a platform to sell their handcrafted goods, Same Sky helps these women rebuild and better their lives. A full 100 percent of the net proceeds go toward employing more women and expanding the program.

Same Sky

Pact
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Pact

With a goal to make the world a better place, Pact uses only organic cotton, vegetable-based ink and wind-powered energy. Not only that, but the brand also chooses an organization to partner with every season in an effort to raise money and awareness. This season, a portion of every Pact purchase goes to "low-income entrepreneurs who want to start their own small businesses."

Pact

Imposter Faux Furs
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Imposter Faux Furs

You don't have to spend big bucks or harm animals to get lux "fur" for your favorite fashionista. Imposter Faux Fur's collection is wild-life inspired, but never uses actual animal fur in their products. They offer everything from lush coats to cozy earmuffs to enviable scarves. This cruelty free brand donates 10 percent of all sales to eight different animal welfare charities.

Imposter Faux Furs

FEED
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FEED

Since its 2006 inception, FEED has raised enough money to provide over 60 million school meals for children across the globe. In addition, they've worked with UNICEF to provide over 46,000 children with vitamin A and micronutrient supplements. In 2008, they began the FEED Foundation, which provides funds to various organizations and programs with a mission to eliminate malnutrition. They sell bags, accessories and apparel to raise funds for all of the above.

FEED

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