Fashion Project

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As spring flowers begin there first emergence, here in Minnesota we are finally see some of my neighbors for the first time in months. Fresh beginnings are on the horizon and for many that means brushing off the dust and getting rid of that winter clutter. However, purging through the closet this spring can be invigorating as well as giving.

Fashion Project sparked from a collaborative effort between founders Anna Palmer and Christine Rizk, after beginning to investigate the $13 billion dollar clothing donation business and what truly happens to our clothing after we donate it. Curiosity brought these two Harvard law graduates, together to use their passions for fashion as a new source of good.

Their “aha moment” came while on a thrifting endeavor, they discovered an Alice and Olivia jacket for $2 buried in the heaps of items. Knowing it’s true value, the ladies lived in the potential…”what if”…we maximize value of these pieces and donate the net proceeds directly to causes the donors care about most?

Since its launch in 2012, Fashion Project has grown to reach 34 countries, touched 800,000 nonprofits and donated 298,275 clothing items. Clothing donations to the Fashion Project have brought tremendous success, now powering programs such as Fashion Targets Breast Cancer as well as partnering with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week to benefit amfAR.
So rather than leaving those full boxes at your local Goodwill, put your newer or gently used clothing where you want to see the charitable benefits most.
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Simply fill out a donation request, designating the charity of your choosing, anywhere from the Safe Water Network to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Donations are then styled up, to show off their best looks. Each item purchased off the Fashion Project boutique is given a new home, with 55% of net profit support some amazing charities.

 

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