In addition to my love of Rachel Roy's clothes, I have recently grown to admire and respect her for her efforts to give back to the world. She has partnered up with several non-profits to create jobs and celebrate the fine skills of those who have been struck by natural disasters or must deal with the day-to-day hardship of finding fresh drinking water. It excites me to see that more and more designers are starting to sell specialty items that either partner up with non-profits or work directly with displaced artisans in underdeveloped countries.
Rachel's "Kindness is Always Fashionable" line creates totes & clutches to help provide relief for natural disasters and to support non-profits. 100% of net proceeds go to her partnering organizations. Currently featured is the Ghana Clutch, which helps support OrphanAid Africa. This nonprofit organization supports orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana through programs in care reform, education, and development.
As part of the January 2010 Haitian earthquake recovery efforts, Rachel traveled with Macy's CEO, Terry Lundgren & Martha Stewart to Haiti to create a trade not aid program for artisans. The purchase of the Heart of Haiti jewelry directly benefits the Haitian artisans by allowing them to support their families with dignity and purpose. The purchase of these one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces, helps to promote and carry the tradition of rich and unique Haitian art.
Rachel's efforts go beyond just the sale of particular items. She has also worked closely with Charity Water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. 100% of public donations go directly to water projects. All operating costs are covered by a group of private donors so every dollar you give can go to people in need. Rachel was able to help over 750 people with 20 years of clean drinking water! Rachel's work and dedication to these causes is a great example for all of us on how we can use our skills and success to help better the world around us.