Gifts That Give Back
A collaboration between Melbourne-based label Per—Tim, artist Eloise Rapp and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre of Victoria, these palmistry print pillowcases are more than just cute decor. Designed, printed and manufactured in Melbourne, they are super-comfy (half cotton and half polyester) and with all profits donated to the Domestic Violence Resource Centre of Victoria, it's more than just you who will sleep better.
If you've ever wanted to know what the Bronx tasted like, this locally made hot sauce comes close. Made from serrano peppers grown in community gardens throughout the borough, the homegrown condiment is a result of teamwork between the students and families that tend to the plants, a Bronx-born chef, non-profit GrowNYC and social business Small Axe Peppers. Not only do hot sauce sales support the gardens and keep production local, Small Axe Peppers also is donating a majority of the profits to programs that assist low-income communities in the Bronx and throughout NYC. A spicy kick in the mouth has never felt better.
To recognize the charitable work of Doctors Without Borders, German watch brand NOMOS Glashütte has updated its Tangente and Tetra models—available to order with a velour beige or black cordovan leather strap—with a red “12” and small “Doctors Without Borders” inscription. With every purchase, NOMOS will donate $100 (or euros or pounds) directly to DWB's humanitarian efforts in crisis zones, which provides clean water, operations and medicines to those in need.
Only to be used for good, Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company has plenty of superpowers in stock, from Doom and Gloom to Omnipotence and Magnificence. Our pick is Chutzpah—a little extra nerve and audacity for when you most need it. Available in half pints or full gallons, purchasing powers from BSSCo doesn't just benefit yourself—each purchase supports 826NYC, an organization that offers creative writing and homework programs for NYC public school students.
Longtime amFAR supporter Jean Paul Gaultier worked in collaboration with the organization to make this bright and bold summer tote, which isn't only an inexpensive way of owning a piece by the French designer, but also (and more importantly) a way to benefit amFAR. With 100% of purchase profits going toward raising AIDS awareness and helping to fund the search for a cure, this bag is much more than a useful beach accessory.
Tanwi Nandini Islam is a Brooklyn-based feminist writer (author of queer coming-of-age novel "Bright Lines") who also tells stories through scents via her apothecary line, Hi Wildflower Botanica. Her #GetLit candle series is a unique collaboration with authors to translate their words into fragrance. Lincoln Michel's short story collection "Upright Beasts" inspired notes of black spruce, blood cedarwood, dirt; while Saeed Jones' poetry stirs dawn's dew, honeysuckle vine and bay rum. Best of all, part of the proceeds benefit NYC mentoring non-profit Girls Write Now.
As a fun way to encourage their son to wash his hands before meals, Swedish couple Niklas Lagström and Marina Nilsson started "hiding" his toys in transparent soap bars. Handmade in Sweden, using vegetable based glycerin, Happy Soap is free of SLS and SLES irritants (and is unscented, too) to be as gentle as possible for kids. The couple now scouts locally for loved toys (from dinosaurs and cars to ponies and jewelry) that are no longer wanted—to bring joy to another child. €1 from each soap purchase is donated to the international non-profit Save the Children, and Happy Soap has already been able to raise €1,000.
For their most recent collaboration, Ghostly and Warby Parker have created a pair of minimal and classy sunglasses: the Henning. Made from premium matte acetate and Japanese titanium, the frames offer 100% UV protection and an anti-scratch coating—for those klutzes who are always dropping their shades on the sidewalk. The branding is also super-minimal, with just a small badge boasting the cute Ghostly logo at the end of the arms—adding a little playful edge, but ultimately staying sophisticated. Most importantly though, for each set of Hennings sold, a pair is given to somebody in need.
To raise $50,000 for Edible Schoolyard NYC—a non-profit that gives public schools and their students access to healthy food via hands-on gardening and cooking classes—Everlane has partnered with famed local chefs like April Bloomfield for a collection of limited edition tote bags that take their twist on Everlane's slogan "Know your factories. Know your costs." Both collaborators show a passion for transparency, education and quality "ingredients," making it a perfect match. All profits from sales go to Edible Schoolyard NYC.
The latest from Apolis, a certified B Corp that aims to empower disenfranchised people through equal opportunity (in place of charity), is a durable apron made from hemp canvas with three pockets and an adjustable leather strap. Whether you're hard at work in the studio or the kitchen, this versatile piece will keep what's underneath pristine.