Help us provide uniforms for 200 students in Haiti!

Students to receive uniforms

There are only 3 days left until our fundrasier ends and we need your help! Dresses for Haiti is raising money to provide 200 uniforms for students at 5 schools in Anse-a-Pitre, Haiti. Find out more here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-education-and-economic-sustainability-in-haiti While we are … Continue reading

Dresses for Haiti lauches their Indiegogo campaign


Please consider making a small donation to help us support education in Haiti AND local economic sustainability. For more information see below. You can find our campaign at http://www.igg.me/at/dresses4haiti

What we will be doing

In the summer of 2013 Dresses for Haiti and The ACT Collective (Arts, Community, and Transformation) in collaboration with SewGreen will be supporting education through art and fashion for 200 students in Anse-a-Pitre, Haiti.

In collaboration with our local partners in Haiti, Groupe Solidarite aux victemes Haiti 2010 (GSH), the Mayor of Anse-a-Pitre, Ylly Momplaisir, along with 5 district schools, and local tailors we hope to be able to provide uniforms and backpacks for young children in Anse-a-Pitre, Haiti. Mariangela Mihai Jordan (ACT Collective co-founder) will also provide photography workshops at each of the 5 district schools we visit.

Why is this important?

Anse-a-Pitre, a small rural fishing village located at the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, is a vibrant community. Local community members make a living working hard to provide for themselves and their families.

Despite hard work, education is still a major cost in Haiti. Statistics show that from ages 6-14, approximately 60% of students will not start school because of high costs. Due to a large amount of private schools and very few public free schools, on average, school costs start at about $130 per year. This number is staggering when you consider that a family makes about $660 (US) dollars a year per capita. In rural areas such as Anse-a-Pitre, the poverty rates are even more stunning with poverty rates of 84%.

By providing uniforms and backpacks we are able to take significant costs away from the families and allow them to focus on their children’s education and prevent their children from dropping out.

Holiday Shopping List: Support small businesses


We here at Dresses for Haiti LOVE supporting small businesses and artists for the holidays! We have been fortunate enough to network with so many amazing people who are hardworking small business owners so we thought why be so selfish and keep it to ourselves! Check out these amazing businesses and support them! We have something for everyone! Men, women, children, artist, fashionistas, and beauty fanatics! If you know of a small business THAT YOU LOVE, don’t be selfish! Share the love! feel free to comment on this post with the business and link!

Are you doing last minute shopping and looking for that unique, handmade gift? Check out this list of small businesses!

For the artsy and interior designer in all of us! This family owned business has become our of my favorites. Their handmade and handcrafted products are from the earth and unique guaranteed to give your home an aesthetic beauty of art and positivity

Susterwood Works specializes in driftwood and reclaimed wood art, Suster Woodworks is a family run business based in San Diego, California. They create shabby chic coastal furnishings and rustic décor out of objects they find along the shores of San Diego’s local beaches! They sell their items through their Etsy shop at SusterWoodworks.etsy.com, or you can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

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The Real Haiti

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We love supporting small businesses and we love even more supporting small businesses who support Haiti. Check out The Real Haiti for their amazing insight and handmade jewelry!
Diana Pierre-Louis is a public relations/marketing professional and founder of TheRealHaiti.com, a blog about the other side of Haiti that has yet to be discovered by tourists. The Real Haiti is an educational tool that shows Diana’s personal experiences in Haiti. Her digital marketing skills, and love for Haiti gives a unique perspective on the Haitian culture and how she wants to reshape Haiti’s image.
The Haitian inspired jewelry on TheRealHaiti.com is designed and made by Diana with each piece telling a story about Haiti. Jewelry, other accessories and shirts are available for purchase on TheRealHaiti.com/shop.
Diana can be contacted at therealhaiti@gmail.com or 561-504-6632.
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For the little princess and fashionista in your life! 
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Are you looking for a touch of vintage in your life. Why not treat the little princess in your life like royalty with this boutiques amazing tutus, tutu dresses, fabric dresses, and headbands. There is nothing we love better than handmade and this is the place to have your custom orders dreamed! They even have products for the little king in your life! Mikayla Aleah Boutique brings you all your needs for your little Princess and prince with a special Vintage touch. All their items are handmade and can be customized to your needs! Plus Mikayla Aleah Boutique donates 10% of all sales to Dresses for Haiti. Check out theirHaitian inspired tutu called Ayiti Cherry! This tutu pays tribute to Haiti and all proceeds are donated to Dresses for Haiti! This tutu can be custom made like all other orders! 
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For beauty queen and king! 

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This company is an Ithaca based beauty company with amazing produts for hair and skin. We love this business because they bring Haiti to America through beauty products! Kreyòl Essence is dedicated to introducing premium Haitian goods to the US market and offers an extensive array of wellness-based products for those serious about healthy hair, skin and body. Their exciting and purposeful company is anchored by the hydrating and healing properties of our signature product, Palma Christi: Haitian Black Castor Oil. Kreyòl Essence uses luxury and ethically-sourced ingredients crafted in partnership with the people of Haiti.

Their product portfolio includes Palma Shea™ Hair and Body Butter, a nourishing blend of Palma Christi: Haitian Black Castor Oil™ with African Shea Butter designed to infuse the skin and hair with moisture; Pomad Kreyòl™, a unique and tropical blend of Palma Christi: Haitian Black Castor Oil™, Haitian Aloe Vera, Haitian Coconut Oil and Haitian Pine nut oil infused with the exotic Kreyòl Essence herb blend and Savon Kréyol™, a line of organic handcrafted soap packed with premium ingredients like goat’s milk and citrus peels designed to gently exfoliate skin.

Envisioned as a true lifestyle brand, additional offerings from Kreyòl Essence include Bouji: Gourmet Soy Candles, rounding out this line of everyday indulgences. The line has launched in selected market segments and is currently available for wholesale and retail purchase online.

Visit www.kreyolessence.com to learn more. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter

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For the hipster and fashionista

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What do we love most about AmCO. Well other than the amazing and cute vintage t-shirts for both men and women, WE LOVE the hustle and hard work of CEO Adriana Marie. Adriana Marie Co owner, creator and designer Adriana Marie has been working with Dresses for Haiti together since 2010 putting together a fashion show, Fashion’s Night Out,  and a
show for New York Fashion Week. Adriana Marie Co has also donated proceeds from their sales to
Dresses for Haiti.

The launch of the designer’s new collection Getting Graphic is inspired by her passion for love, travelling and friendship. Two of the new pieces are named after her two best friends. Adriana Marie Co’s foundation is love, life and happiness. All our messages are meant to trigger a positive emotion derived from a real life experience 530436_10151274474613836_1322635527_nPhotoshoot for Adriana Marie Co. Cali Lookbookwe all have gone or are going through. It’s real clothing for real women and men with a purpose. Check them out on Karmaloop

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AMcoNYC Twitter: @adrianamarieco Instagram: @adrianamarieco Website: Adriana-marie.com
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Haitian Creations
 Do you love handmade jewelry, purses, and art as much as we do! Do you love knowing that your purchase is actually helping women! We thought so! 

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Haitian Creations is a program through (non-profit) Heartline Ministries, where Haitian women make purses, earrings, accessories and jewelry while at the same time empowering and creating independence for them. Check out some of their personal stories here. Heartline Ministries has been serving the country of Haiti for over 20 years. Women that take part in Heartline Ministries’ beading and sewing program get to choose whether or not they want to Make the items for Haitian Creations. The beautiful items are then bought and sold to people here in America.

Check out some of their beautiful handmade merchandise

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Adria Streeter

Are you looking for the beautiful one-of-a-kind dress or outfit for the holidays? Check out Amazing designer Adria Streeter. Soon after being showcased at the 2nd Annual Dresses for Haiti Fashion Show in New York, Adria Streeter launched her brand, Adria Streeter, which consists of custom special occasion dresses for women and children.

While a student at The Fashion Institute of Technology, she interned, and worked, for fashion designers throughout NYC.  She recently interned at Marchesa and currently assists with design and sales at Miguelina INC.. Adria has designed looks for celebrities’ red carpet events as well as major magazine editorials.

See her designs on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

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And check out these amazing Dresses designed by Adria Streeter EXCLUSIVELY for Dresses for Haiti. To find out more about how you can purchase these dresses contact info@dressesforhaiti.org

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American Designers Involved in Haiti


Fashion itself is a universal constant; it ties the world together, broadens on all geographical scales, and impacts everyone’s life.  As one of the most volatile, yet undying forms of three-dimensional art, apparel has transformed into a rapidly-growing means of creative global outreach. Many CEOs of major clothing companies today center their missions on philanthropic practices.

For instance, Donna Karan, with her classic, yet edgy style, stands as one of America’s most highly revered designers.  What intrigues me about Donna Karan is the fact that she juxtaposes the ideals of simplicity with edgy, modern glamour.  Her collections have extremely different themes, such as “Resort 2013” and “The Haitian Collection (Spring 2012).”  Nevertheless, every outfit she creates seems to reflect Karan’s overall style as a whole; she strikes just the right balance of boldness and classiness in her pieces.

However, Donna Karan’s fame does not merely expand to the apparel world.  She established Urban Zen, a nonprofit organization that strives to improve the economies and infrastructures of developing countries.  Urban Zen incorporates sustainable materials and exotic inspiration in its goods.  Karan is active in the improvement of Haiti.  All of the profits earned from Urban Zen’s Haitian products are used for her “Hope Help and Rebuild Haiti” campaign.  (urbanzen.org).

Ever since the devastating 2010 earthquake, Donna Karan has conducted monthly visits to Haiti.  During her trips, she assists and collaborates with local artists for marketing promotions, entrepreneurial development, and design projects.  As stated in Donna’s Journal:

“Haiti is where all the initiatives I care so passionately about come together; preserving culture, securing the helath and well-being for people and the education of children who represent their tomorrow…the vision for Haiti is simple: help Haiti help itself by utilizing and organizing its artisans, natural resources, and production potential to create business models that can be properly marketed and distributed throughout the US and Europe.” (Donnakaran.com)

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Founded in France in 2004 by Patrick and Fabrice Tardieu, Bogosse has impacted luxury menswear in US, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.  The Tardieu brothers tie classic professionalism and modern artistic inspiration together in their clean-cut business attire.  Bogosse apparel is exclusive to Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Bogosse.com.

Outside of the fashion industry, the Tardieu brothers partake in several international charities, such as Charitable Organizations Project Medishare, B-Peace, Ovarian Cancer Research Funds, Rush Philanthropic Foundation, Galapagos Conservancy Foundation, Innocence en danger, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Sunflower. They also attended Haiti’s Fashion Week in November, where they promoted outreach for their home country.

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Ever since TOMS Shoes’ onset in 2006, Blake Mycoskie has revolutionized the footwear industry with his signature slip-on flats.  His shoes were inspired from the traditional Argentinean alpargata, a slipper-like espadrille comprised of lightweight, yet durable textiles.  TOMS Shoes has recently launched a “vegan TOMS” collection, which features shoes comprised of organic cotton shells and ecologically friendly fabric dyes.

However, Mycoskie’s true fame arose from the TOMS Shoes one-for-one program.  For every pair of shoes sold, TOMS donates another to a child in a developing country.  Mycoskie has hosted footwear distributions in Haiti ever since the 2010 Earthquake.  The TOMS Shoes mission statement has become so widely recognized that other companies, such as Sketchers’ BOBS, have undertaken the exact same cause.

Fabric is the medium, charity is the mission, and design is the talent.  All of these designers share these ideals; they express these three valuess throughout their highly successful pieces.  Three simple, yet sound themes, tie the worlds of fashion and philanthropy together.

Sources

http://vegasmagazine.com/channels/style/insights/bogosse-buys

http://www.donnakaran.com/_pages/company/3c1289ec-8f7c-4608-bc47-68ce68717268/about-donna

https://twitter.com/BlakeMycoskie

http://www.toms.com/blakes-bio

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toms_Shoes

http://www.urbanzen.org/donnas-voice/letter-from-donna/

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/donna-karan-it-was-never-about-a-fashion-show-it-was-just-about-my-wardrobe-8327024.html

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bogosse/112823615405068

Boat Neck Peasant Dress Tutorial


 

 

 

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Will Facebook be a Difference Maker for Non-Profit Fundraising?


In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the country is in an utter disarray, especially the Northeast. If there was ever a need for organizations such as the American Red Cross to inherit the ability to extend its already global outreach, it has finally come. This coming Thursday, Facebook will begin offering a new charitable donations section titled Facebook Gifts. This move should prove to be very significant for non-profits all over the world.

The new gifts section will be available Thursday and includes about a dozen charities including the American Red Cross, Livestrong, Blue Star Families, Boys & Girls Club of America, DonorsChoose.org, Kiva, Oxfam America, Girls Inc., St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Water.org, and RAINN.

In a recent blog post Facebook explained

With each charitable contribution on Facebook, you can choose which nonprofit you would like to support. Or if you don’t know which organization to choose, you can let your friend make the choice.

Not only will many of these organizations gain the ability to raise more funds, it will also increase the exposure and raise awareness of each. The ability to learn about thousands of non-profit organizations all over the globe are right at your fingertips with this new feature. Facebook product manager Jared Morgenstern led the project himself, he added

Using Facebook to give the gift of a charitable contribution means you can introduce your friends and family to a specific nonprofit organization you care about, or to a larger world of nonprofits, Facebook Gifts will act as a platform where people can learn about nonprofits, discover how easy it is to contribute to their work, and then share that with their friends.

Hurricane Sandy (while not an ideal situation for the country) will be a potentially affective indicator of whether or not the Facebook Gifts feature will really be successful. Morgenstern also mentioned that the feature is still in the testing stages.

What an amazing opportunity for all fellow non-profits around the world. Hopefully the new feature gains some much anticipated momentum so that there may one day be an opportunity for our own organization to join. Everyday we endlessly strive for more exposure in order to increase our own global outreach.

The only downside to the Gifts feature is that not everyone has the luxury of using it right now. Only those that have the Gifts feature activated on their accounts can currently use it. For those looking to donate to Hurricane Sandy relief, eBay and iTunes offer alternative online sections.

We are extremely excited and interested to see how far the feature goes.

Charity Spotlight: Haitian Creations


Last week we highlighted the 5th year of Haitian Creations. Haitian Creations is a program through (non-profit) Heartline Ministries, where Haitian women make purses, earrings, accessories and jewelry while at the same time empowering and creating independence for them. Heartline … Continue reading

Social Media, Bello Empowering Women in Haiti


If there was ever a revolutionary way to be discovered through social media, American actress Maria Bello helped pave the way. Bello has been a long time proponent of helping women in Haiti and has vowed to keep a hand … Continue reading

Fashion’s Night Out


Dresses for Haiti is delighted to announce the Launch of Adriana Marie Co’s new line during Fashions biggest night! Not only will AMco launch their new line but for every product sold that night, a percentage will be donated to Dresses for Haiti. So come for a glamourous night of fashion and charity and support Haiti!