Philanthropy a la Mode: East Coast, West Coast and Beyond

With the excitement surrounding glamorous fashion weeks and stunning fall fashions, it is easy to bypass the world’s bleak realities. There are people, animals and causes that are in need of aid…and fashion is to the rescue!

Accessorizing your wardrobe with pieces that concurrently donate profits and raise awareness is a trend that will never go out of style. Fashion is about expressing yourself and wearing jewelry for a particular cause is also reflective of what you’re passionate about helping.

From the east coast, west coast and beyond- the jewelers below are great avenues to embellishing your look and the world.

Alex Woo Photo Courtesy of
Alex Woo
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Alex Woo is a New York designer whose aim is to create charitable designs in order to raise awareness and better the community. Signature gold, silver and diamond pieces each donate to a specified cause. An ongoing effort to make a difference in fighting breast cancer fuels the brand’s mantra to “Live. Love. Be Involved!”.

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Lily and Laura
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Lily and Laura Bracelets are handcrafted in the Kathmandu Valley. The business focus is to pay above fair trade prices, which has greatly improved the quality of lives of the Nepalese women who make the beautiful glass beaded bracelets.

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Pura Vida
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Started by two Southern California friends, Pura Vida embodies a lifestyle of “enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune and not taking anything for granted”. Pura Vida is a member of One Percent for the Planet and donates to Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots foundation dedicated to cleaning up beaches and oceans. The brand has expanded to a charity line with specific colors donating to various enviro-causes, animal awareness, education and children, cancer awareness, conditions, service/military and memorial causes. These simple string bracelets are immensely impactful.



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