Aug. 11, 2020: Fashion-comfort retailer Karavel Shoes in Austin, Texas, is doing its part in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. The family-owned business is in the process of printing 1,200 3D face shields to be donated to staff working in 15 schools located in low-income neighborhoods in Austin. The store also hired three high school students to work on the project. In addition, said Karavel owner Rick Ravel, the store will be selling additional masks to consumers with all proceeds from their sale donated to the Central Texas Food Bank.
Aug. 11, 2020: Famous Footwear has announced a new multiyear partnership with Ticket to Dream, which provides opportunities for foster children across the country. As part of the move, the brand is donating more than 12,000 new pairs of shoes this month to foster kids ahead of the back-to-school season and plans to provide supplies throughout the fall. It is also encouraging customers to make a donation at the register when they’re shopping in stores. “Together we plan to engage employees, customers and vendors to work together to improve the lives and futures of foster kids of all ages,” said Famous Footwear president Molly Adams, “whether that’s lacing up a new pair of kicks, having essential care items on hand, equipping them with school essentials or celebrating the joy of the holidays.”
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Aug. 11, 2020: Coach‘s charitable arm has joined forces with nonprofits The Opportunity Network, Bottom Line and Year Up as part of its Dream It Real initiative. With a mission to “help break cycles of inequality,” the Coach Foundation has made a $1 million donation in support of the organizations and their work to drive equity across higher education for underrepresented students and those from low-income communities. To date, the Coach Foundation has committed more than $3.5 million to support the Dream It Real initiative around the world. “It is our goal to fight inequality by empowering underrepresented students through education,” interim CEO and Coach brand president Todd Kahn said in a statement, “and to help provide the resources, skills and mentoring they need to make their dreams a reality.”
Aug. 11, 2020: Wolverine and rock band Metallica’s nonprofit, All Within My Hands, are teaming up to launch a duo of special-edition boots to support trade school education. All proceeds from the sale of the boots will benefit the nonprofit to further support those in the skilled trades. The collection includes the 1000 Mile Axel, a spin on the classic 1000 Mile boot, detailed with a Metallica Key logo-inspired heel plate, an All Within My Hands toe kicker, metal-tipped laces and metal guitar pick tag. The boot is made in the U.S. of Horween Chromexel leather from the Chicago-based tannery. The Hellcat style takes root in a traditional work boot and features a molded Metallics Key logo and guitar pick tag. The partnership will benefit three community college trade programs: Grand Rapids Community College, Lone Star Community College and WSU Tech in Wichita, Kansas, each receiving $100,000 joint grant and Wolverine boots to help students get started in their career. The boots can be preordered online, followed by an official launch on Aug. 26 on Wolverine.com.
Aug. 10, 2020: John Elliott is continuing its partnership with UCLA Health. In a statement, the designer’s eponymous brand announced that it has set a goal to fund 25 additional scholarships for students entering the UCLA Medical School by donating 10% of proceeds from all its sales to its Frontline Future Fund. “At this critical moment, the industry must not only manage current challenges, but prepare for tomorrow,” Elliott said. “Let’s get the future’s great thinkers, scientists, frontline workers and health care professionals here as soon as possible.” Since March, the company has donated more than $100,000 to UCLA Health. Separately, John Elliott has also raised $50,000 since June toward causes that support the advancement of racial justice and equality in the United States. Those donations have been split evenly across three initiatives: Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, the Equal Justice Initiative and Fair Fight.
Aug. 5, 2020: As part of its latest collection launch, Birdies has teamed up with Step Up, a nonprofit that provides mentorship and support to girls in under-resourced communities. Beyond committing $10,000 to the organization, the brand is set to debut The Vote collection on Aug. 11 to encourage women to register to vote. The lineup will consist of five hand-painted designs by artist Danielle Stern of Lefty’s Right Mind. Each shoe will feature symbols like suffragist posters, yellow roses and other feminist messages that represent women’s journey to freedom and equality.
Aug. 4, 2020: Award-winning actress and mom-of-two Busy Philipps is putting her closet up for sale on Poshmark for a good cause. All proceeds from the collection will be donated to DonorsChoose, an organization that allows anyone to give to a classroom in need around the country by offering supplies or funds for projects. Starting Aug. 4 at 12 pm PT, the collection will be released in three drops on Poshmark.com throughout the month. It features 165 items in total, including coveted shoe styles she’s worn like the Vans x The Nightmare Before Christmas sneaker collaboration and Soludos’ banded sandals.
Big Charitable Moves From Last Month
July 31, 2020: Oofos founder Lou Panaccione is participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge in support of former colleague Duncan Finigan, who lost her battle with breast cancer. The challenge is an annual bike-a-thon that raises money for charity, with 100% of every rider-raised dollar going to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. While the event has shifted to a virtual format this year, Panaccione will be embarking on an actual 100-mile ride across the South Shore of Massachusetts on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, with a stop at Nor’easter Surf Shop, where the first pair of Oofos shoes were sold.
July 15, 2020: Through its Helping Our Heroes Charity Day Sale, Belk has raised $550,000 for the First Responders Children’s Foundation. The donation will provide assistance to health-care and emergency personnel working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, funds will go toward providing personal protective equipment and temporary housing for first responders.
July 7, 2020: Mango has raised 360,000 euros — or roughly $406,500 at current exchange — to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. So far, its contribution has been spent on the purchase and distribution of personal protective equipment and other essential medical supplies to 135 countries, as well as to support vulnerable parts of the world through preventative measures and the research of vaccines.
July 1, 2020: Ben Sherman is introducing a collection of face masks for purchase online to aid health-care workers. For each pack of three face masks purchased, the company will donate a pack to health care workers and volunteer organizations doing essential COVID-19 work. The masks are available in six different patterns reminiscent of the brand’s signature button-down shirts, including a check, gingham, chambray and floral design. The non-medical-grade, machine-washable styles feature a top wire that conforms to the wearer’s nose for added protection. Each pack retails for $25 on BenSherman.com.
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