By: Shilo Urban
There’s no better way to convey the spirit of the season than to indulge in a gift — for yourself or someone else — that combines high style with charitable giving. These fabulous finds benefit an array of worthy causes, from endangered animals to women’s empowerment. Giving back has never looked so good!
Beret: Hat Attack hand-blocks and handcrafts its hats in the company’s Bronx factory, including its jaunty Fem Beret. Available in fuchsia and rose, 20 percent of every sale is donated to the Times Up Legal Defense Fund.
Necklaces: Iconic New York City jeweler Tiffany & Co. launched its Save the Wild collection last year, with a $4 million pledge by December 2019. A full 100 percent of the profits from these whimsical charms will go to the Wildlife Conservation Network, which includes the Elephant Crisis Fund.
Mini lion charm in 18K rose gold ($600) and 18K rose gold 18” chain ($275);
Large rhino charm in sterling silver with 18K rose gold accents ($450) with sterling silver 18” chain ($50);
Large elephant charm in sterling silver with 18K rose gold accents ($450) with rose gold chain ($275).
Tiffany & Co., 5219 Monahans Ave., 817.806.0330,, tiffany.com
Bandana (worn as a wrist wrap): Pax Philomena’s signature multicultural aesthetic blends Italian quality with artisan patterns from India, resulting in comfortable and colorful separates and accessories for men and women. Its hand-block-printed, 100 percent cotton Elephant Scarf Pink sends 15 percent of proceeds to breast cancer charities.
Earrings and Rings: Jeweler Jen Hansen’s bling comes with an added benefit: a donation to a charity dedicated to preventing human trafficking and rescuing, supporting and empowering those enslaved. This year, Hansen donated a portion of profits to Her Future Coalition’s Red-Light Resource Centers in Calcutta, India, which includes education and vocational training, plus childcare for 250 women and children in the red-light areas of Sonagachi and Bowbazar.
Fan Ring in 14K gold vermeil and pave cubic zirconia, $395.
Large Huggie earrings in 14K gold vermeil and pave cubic zirconia, $390. jenhansen.com
Sweatshirt and Scarf: How better to raise funds for the Tory Burch Foundation than to create fabulous, special-edition items to sell in Tory Burch boutiques? The Embrace Ambition sweatshirt bears a fitting slogan for the foundation, which supports women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship. The silk scarf, which also benefits the foundation, is one of a collection of fabulous finds from women entrepreneurs contained in what’s called a Seed Box.
One hundred percent of both the sweatshirt ($78) and the Seed Box ($99) benefits the foundation.
Tory Burch, 5162 Monahans Ave., Ste. E140, 682.707.3616, toryburch.com
About Our Model: Kam S. Phillips is the founder and chief executive dreamer of Dream Outside the Box, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit with two primary goals: to propel students in under-resourced communities to forward higher education and to develop leadership skills among college students who volunteer with the organization. Dream Outside the Box currently boasts 16 chapters across the country, each one creating and managing educational programs for schools located in what Phillips calls “Dream Deserts,” or areas where students lack access to educational and inspirational opportunity. In January, DOTB will be sharing its inspiration with everyone in the community via the Dream Delivered Airstream trailer, which will be stationed on South Main Street. Phillips says the trailer will stock career exploration kits and offer imaginatively curated artisan workshops for adults.
For more information on DOTB, including opportunities and programming, visit dreamoutsidethebox.org.
Hair and Makeup: Shannon Caldwell / Something You … Beauty
Photo: Olaf Growald | Styling: Jenny B. Davis
By: Shilo Urban