If the definition of style is one's distinct manner in which we do something, there is nothing more stylish than giving! Having gone to loads of charity events this summer, I am reminded of how easy it is to give a piece of yourself away that you'll never miss to those in need.
Winston Churchill once said, "what is the use of living, if it not be to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those to live in it after we are gone."
With the summer winding down and what is shaping up to be an exciting fashion week on the horizon, I can't help but think of those in fashion that give of themselves with effortless style and grace. I reached out to the always chic Rachel Roy for a brief chat on how she gives back.
Rachel launched her eponymous line in 2005 and hasn't looked back since. Even with her star on a continual rise having dressed an abundance of today's trendsetters and fashionistas alike -- even dressing our first lady Michelle Obama -- her feet are firmly placed in gracious shoes. She's one stylish giver you can find on a panel encouraging youth to capture all their dreams, partnering with GlobalGiving and creating accessories whose proceeds go to support the victims of Japan affected by the recent earthquake and Pacific tsunami, supporting the relief efforts in Pakistan and most recently traveling to Port-au-Prince with homemaking mogul Martha Stewart and Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren to network with local craftspeople to find products to develop and sell as part of her Macy's collection.
Rachel says, "I want to help the artists work on making products that are not only beautiful but that are needed in everyday life, products that don't simply stand out as 'Haitian artifacts' but those my customers will love therefore the idea being they'll buy more and the orders will be larger, providing more jobs and more food on the artisans' tables. All I want is to provide freedom and a voice for those that don't yet have one."
I ask Rachel how she finds the time to be as addicted to giving as she is? "I'll never forget what's really important."
After my talk with Rachel, I was inspired to exercise my own giving style so I went online to www.rachelroy.com and purchased a Rachel Roy Japan tote for $25.00.
Now the question is: How can we follow in her footsteps and go beyond trends and the noise of our own lives to adopt giving as our style?
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