News of poverty around the world is nothing new to the Western consumer. And now more than ever, the fashion industry has become a leading contributor to national charities benefiting research, aid and prevention of global poverty. Many of the industry’s top professionals including Donatella Versace, Ralph Lauren, Kenneth Cole, Patrick Robinson, Michael Kors, are teaming up with non-profit organizations like PRODUCT(RED), amFAR, GlobalGiving, UNICEF, and Vital Voices to join in the fight for solutions to the world’s growing problems.
As avid fashion-industry followers and professionals, we’re quite aware of the big impact that these prestigious companies and individuals have on the state of the world. Now, I want to introduce a new company that’s breaking into the fashion world with its eyes set on helping people, charities, and ultimately the world become a better place.
Meet Kavalena: a new clothing company that is dedicated to providing aid for the biggest needs of the world by partnering with non-profit organizations who use 100% of their donations to provide clean water, healthy meals, access to education, health care, and freedom from every kind of slavery.
Kavalena’s creator, 23-year-old Chicago native, Val Nash, started her company with a dream to eventually be able to provide for people’s needs in every country around the world. Inspiration for Kavalena struck Val after a rough few years working as a front-line missionary in Mexico and China. Realizing missionary work wasn’t the best way of utilizing her skills to help, Val made the decision to return from abroad and continue her humanitarian efforts through business. In 2011, Kavalena was born, holding the same goals – to provide the needs of the world.
Kavalena clothes are 100% cruelty-free and are made by manufacturers that abide by UN Fair Labor Laws for ethical working conditions and wages. The designs are simple and fresh, including bold colors and patterns on luxury organic cottons and soft knit fabrics- perfect for a summer-fun casual look.
They were generous enough to send me a free product (The Everyday Tanktop, to be exact) so I could see first-hand the top quality of their products. First of all, before I get to the clothing, I must say I was impressed with the packaging! The package, wrapped in tissue paper and tied with twine, was beautiful. Also included were some informational papers (and a sticker!) so I could read a little bit more into the background of the company. When I finally stopped swooning over the packaging and dove into the contents of the tissue paper, I was delighted when I first touched my new shirt and felt the pure softness of the fabric. It’s cozy and fits wonderfully- a perfect shirt for everyday wear.
I definitely plan to do more shopping on Kavalena’s site. Below are some of my favorite picks! To see what else they have, check out their website here.
And to learn more about how your favorite designers are doing their part to help the world, check out this great article from Marie Claire: 15 Fashion Designers Who Give Back.