5 Brands That Make Giving Back Your Best Accessory
Accessorizing can transform an old outfit into a new look. Adding a piece of jewelry, selecting a certain pair of shoes, and even just wearing glasses showcases your personality. When that item you incorporate into an outfit is truly cherished, it can even make you feel better. But why stop at making yourself feel better when you could be improving the lives of others, or empowering another person through your choice of accessories? Fashionable giving is the best accessory for style-setter, and by shopping these five brands, you’ll look great and feel great about your purchases.
1. Warby Parker
Glasses are just as much of an accessory as a piece of jewelry, or handbag. Like a beloved ring, people wear glasses every day — albeit for a different reason. When choosing frames, it is important to consider how they look on you, and if they fit your lifestyle. People pick a certain pair based on how they make them feel, tapping into the same process that goes into selecting other accessories. So even though glasses are not an optional choice like a necklace, they are still an accessory.
Warby Parker sells their frames in the brand’s storerooms and online. Among the eyeglass offerings, you’ll find classic styles in chromes, tortoise shell, and neutrals. Equally noticeable are sages, reds, and blues slipped into the sleek designs. For its sunglasses line, Warby Parker sells aviators, wayfarers, and for women, Jackie O-worthy rounded shades. There is even a monocle available, if that suits your style. All glasses cost $95, and when a pair of are purchased, Warby Parker donates a pair to someone who needs glasses but cannot afford them.
There are over 1 billion people who cannot access eyeglasses, Warby Parker says on its website, and it is trying to cut that number down. So far, the company has been able to donate over 500,000 glasses to people in need. Warby Parker does this by providing either glasses or funding to a non-profit partner. That partner then distributes the glasses, along with entrepreneurial training, so the recipient can open a shop selling glasses in their own community.