10 Clothing Brands That Give Back

Thousands of companies have made it a priority to invest in vulnerable communities around the world. A number of clothing brands in particular have emulated the one-to-one charitable giving model made popular by Toms Shoes. Keep reading to learn the top 10 clothing brands that give back globally:

10 Clothing Brands That Give Back

  1. Serengetee
    Two friends founded Serengetee with the goal of using fabric from around the world to make a positive change. They purchase fabric from over 25 countries to support artisans and their families. The company also gives 10 percent of its profits to grassroots causes in order to improve the lives of the communities where it sources raw materials from. According to Serengetee’s mission, “when you wear Serengetee you are truly wearing a piece of the world”.
  2. Out Of Print
    Out Of Print is a clothing company tailored for bookworms. The company creates clothes, totes and accessories featuring well-loved book titles, pictures and other popular references. For every purchase, Out Of Print donates books to improve and support literacy programs around the world. The company has been able to donate over 3 million books to communities around the world.
  3. Visible Clothing
    Visible Clothing provides high quality, ethically made clothing by creating a fair trade tailoring center in Dharamshala, India. The company places a particularly strong focus on human rights, providing stable and safe working conditions for its 37 employees in India.
  4. Musana
    Musana is a community development program that has created a skills development branch in order to sell clothing and accessories to help women in Uganda. The company has trained more than 350 women to create merchandise, which in turn allows them to provide for themselves and their families. Musana is committed to providing shelter, education and health care to struggling communities in Uganda.
  5. Toms
    Toms lives by its motto, One for One. For every shoe purchased, Toms gives a new pair to a child in need in another country. To date, the company has donated more than 35 million pairs of shoes in 60 countries. Likewise, for every pair of glasses purchased, Toms helps restore the sight of a person in need. And, for every bag of coffee purchased, Toms provides a week of clean water for someone in need. Toms also opened a manufacturing warehouse in Haiti, providing much-needed jobs in the poverty-stricken country.
  6. Lemlen
    Lemlen creates men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories through partnering with artisans in Africa. Lemlen has partnered with workshops in Kenya, Rwanda and Madagascar who create beautiful designs for their clothing. The Foundation’s goal is to empower female artisans in Africa through education, health care and jobs. Lemlen helps to train women in both Ethiopia and Kenya. The Foundation has also partnered with an African non-profit that is improving maternal health and reducing maternal deaths.
  7. Noonday
    Noonday sells jewelry and accessories in order to make a difference in vulnerable communities around the globe. The company partners with artisan businesses through fair trade in order to create sustainable jobs for people who need them the most. Noonday has 31 artisan business partners in 14 different countries around the world. The company’s goal is to empower these businesses to create more jobs for their communities.
  8. Nashona
    Nashona is a woman’s clothing line that uses colorful African fabrics from Tanzania to make modern high-quality clothing while serving global communities. A portion of the company’s total sales is donated to the Shalom Orphanage in Karatu, Tanzania. The money is used to fund education for the children as well as keeping the orphanage properly maintained. Nashona continues to build its relationship and impact with once-a-year visits to the orphanage.
  9. Krotchet Kids
    Krotchet Kids is another of the top 10 clothing brands that give back, using its products for men, women and children to help break the poverty cycle in developing countries. Each product is hand signed by the woman who created it allowing customers to learn their stories. Customers are urged to get to know the women who made their products and even write letters of encouragement to them.
  10. Sevenly
    Sevenly sells clothes in order to give to several different causes including food aid and clean water access through an organization called Convoy of Hope. The company has brought hope to 126 countries and counting. Its focus countries include Haiti, El Salvador, Lebanon, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Nepal.

– Savannah Huls
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