Fashion For Change

Photos by Alex Stern

Necklace by BRANDED Collective

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed a weekend filled with food, football, and friends. I mainly enjoyed the food and friends part...I'm not a very sporty person if you couldn't tell. Most of my friends in Nashville are musicians or some sort of creative so we talked more about Justin Timberlake than Tom Brady.

Switching gears and getting serious, I'm very excited to be talking about the idea of fashion for change on Lashville. This isn't really something I've ever talked about on the blog except for my feature on the Nashville Wardrobe Project, which focuses on ethical and sustainable fashion, but I think it's a topic worth discussing.

The fashion industry in Nashville is quickly growing, and the city is becoming home to many brands that focus their mission on creating change through fashion. How do they do this? They can create change by giving a percentage of their profits to a non-profit organization or giving back to communities through other means such as employment in the company. BRANDED Collective is just one of these awesome fashion brands.

End Slavery TennesseeBRANDED works with Nashville-based non-profit to provide jobs for human trafficking survivors. Survivors work alongside local artisans to design and make handcrafted jewelry. Each piece of jewelry is "branded" with an initial and number, the same number they were branded with during captivity. Once you buy the jewelry, you can send the survivor a message of encouragement. BRANDED gives survivors an opportunity to have financial stability and independence, and most importantly offers them a future where they can begin to dream again.

I'm wearing BRANDED's Textured Mixed Metal Lariat Necklace. Check out the website for other beautifully crafted pieces.

I think it is awesome that fashion can speak up for those who can't. I don't always have the ability to buy clothing or jewelry that is ethical and sustainable, but when I can I think it is an amazing investment. I encourage you to seek out these opportunities when shopping!

*This is not an ad. All opinions are my own and written by me.

"Clothes aren't going to change the world. The women who wear them will." -Anne Klein

More Charitable Fashion Brands:

1. ABLE - Nashville-based fashion brand, create jobs for women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances

2. Altar'd State - donate 1% of sales to local and global charities

3. Love Your Melon - donate 50% of commission to cancer research and provide support to families of children fighting cancer

4. Pura Vida - partners with 174 charities around the world, some of these include women's causes, cancer awareness, animal awareness, environmental causes, etc.

5. Warby Parker - every pair of glasses you buy, they give a pair of glasses to someone in need

6. Toms - with every shoe purchase, they send shoes, sight, water, safe birth and bullying prevention services to people in need

7. Ivory Ella - donates a portion of sales to Save the Elephants

8. AmazonSmile - donate 0.5% of price to charitable organizations of your choice

9. FEED - every purchase, they donate school meals, micronutrients, mother-child nutrition, food aid in America, Vitamin A, and emergency relief to someone in need

10. DIFF Eyewear - every pair of sunglasses you buy, they give a pair of reading glasses to someone in need

11. The Giving Keys - every purchase you make, they give someone transitioning out of homelessness a job

Found out how you can make a difference...




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