Listen up, Black Friday shoppers! For many women, getting dressed in the morning is a complicated process. Not only do the clothes you wear reflect your personal style and the image you want to project in the world, they can also affect how you feel. These three clothing brands inspire us not only because of their covetable fall fashions, but also because of their underlying missions to serve the greater good. Talk about a good excuse to shop!
This company’s tagline: “Where faith and fashion come together.” Started by owners Brian Mason and Aaron Walters in 2009 with a single shop in Knoxville, Tennessee, Altar’d State now operates more than 50 boutiques around the Southeast. Its pillars of philanthropy include donating 1 percent of all sales to charities, funding employee volunteer hours each month and filtering prayer requests through its website.
Feminine, classic styles, with products ranging from sweater dresses and lace tops to delicate jewelry and boot socks
Fall Shopping List: Magically Made Dress
, $70; Kathy Lynn Top
, $65; Dainty Cross Necklace,
>Two Penny Blue
For every purchase of a luxury blazer from this Chicago-based shop, the company donates a school uniform to a girl in need in Africa. Two Penny Blue, founded by designer Marie Whitney, partners with Tailored for Education, which produces uniforms for schools in areas like Kenya, Haiti and Honduras. Part of TPB’s manifesto, which is printed on bookmarks available in the store: “Be grateful. Be fearless. Be kind.”
Sophisticated, timeless jackets and blazers in tailored silhouettes, available in a wide range of colors, fabrics and patterns
Fall Shopping List: Cambridge blazer in Dahlia
, $325; Celeste the Vest
, $325; Sophie striped jacket
Launched in 2011 by co-founder and CEO Patrick Woodyard, Nisolo is a men’s and women’s shoe company based in Nashville and Trujillo, Peru. After meeting talented shoemakers while working in Peru, Woodyard envisioned the positive impact access to the global market could have on the producers. The model for Nisolo is based on producing classic footwear while providing steady employment, fair wages and training for Peruvian workers.
Ethically sourced, classic styles (think boots, loafers, oxfords) that bridge traditional craftsmanship and modern style, plus some accessories
Fall Shopping List: Harper Chukka Boot
(women), $178; Smoking Shoe
(women), $148; Taylor Wingtip
(men), $168; Cordoba Backpack