There are many ways to shop for a cause.. Shopaholics like me can feel justified in our purchases knowing that our purchases are actually doing some good in the world. I can never pass up a good "shop for a cause". One of my family's favorite, has been the Gap Product Red line. We are all eagerly awaiting the fall designs. Local companies like Tea Collection, and Los Angeles based Neige regularly support children's charities. This appears to be a growing trend.
Another trend that I am thrilled to see, is the not-for-profit retail store. Thanks to the generous and creative spirit of some Bay Area folks, we can shop locally for a cause. In Her Shoes in Palo Alto donates all of the proceeds above operating costs to The Global Fund For Women. The boutique carries an amazing array of shoes, including my favorite, Reppeto. They now also carry clothing. Labels such as Chan Le, and Johnny Was are available in the back of the shop. San Francisco will have a boutique that donates all of their profits to local charities. (Thanks to S.F. Magazine for the tip.) Located in Presidio Heights, set to open this fall, is Philanthropist Boutique. Shoppers will be able to shop for designs by Zac Posen, and Rag & Bone without any guilt.