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It's easy to forget and overlook problems in our society and concerns about the environment when we're too busy chasing our day-to-day deadlines. Sometimes, it can feel like we just don't have the time and resources to participate in charities even if we really want to. Thankfully, there are fashion brands that give back to society through the support of their customers. When you shop these brands, you're not just satisfying your fashion taste, you're also extending a helping hand. 


H&M Close The Loop



Amidst the world of fast fashion, H&M launches the "Close The Loop" campaign as a response to the growing textile waste happening. They believe that they can bring new life to your old garments. So instead of throwing those tattered clothing from your college days, you can bring them to any H&M store and you'll get a discount voucher on your next purchase. They have already launched collections by recycling the used garments they've collected. Some clothes that are not anymore suitable to be worn are converted to cleaning products and some are turned into new energy. Before you say that this another marketing tactic, however, H&M guarantees that they do not profit from the donated garments and revenues are either donated to charities or invested in studies for recycling innovation. 


Kate Spade And Company Foundation



Kate Spade's Foundation focuses on helping women achieve their dreams through grants in three fields: the arts, technology and entrepreneurship. They partner with non-profit organisations that champion the idea of empowering women in their chosen endeavour. Through the years, they have helped hundreds of women. Be inspired by how Kate Spade's foundation has changed lives by watching these videos


Levi's Waste < Less Campaign



When you think of denim, one of the first brands that comes to mind is Levi's. It's known for its durable, breathable and fashionable denim jeans. But recently, Levi's are starting to incorporate post-consumer waste materials into their iconic jeans. Why? Well, because they've acknowledged that resources are becoming more and more limited and they need to innovate to supply the demand. They found out that by incorporating plastic bottles in their products, they're saving resources yet retaining the quality. They claim that they have recycled 11.9 millions bottles for some of their products like their women's Boyfriend Skinny jeans. So impressive!


Uniqlo Factory Worker Empowerment Project



In the business of fashion, it's a sad fact that only the glamorous parts are celebrated — the designers, the models, the events. We often forget the people behind the stitches, the factory workers who mass-produce the designs that we wear. We've heard of sweatshop horror stories where labourers work in awful conditions, but that's not where it ends. Women who work in the garment industry often do not have access to education, thus, they face challenges with financial management and healthcare even in their personal lives. Since they're one of the biggest retail brands that utilises factories, Uniqlo launched a collection inspired by the Indonesian Batik and Bangladeshi traditional clothing to fund educational programs to empower women that work in their partner factories in Bangladesh and Indonesia. 





Rags2Riches



While most brands launched initiatives, there are some brands that were launched for a cause. Rags2Riches is not just a brand but also a social enterprise. They want to "go beyond charity and beyond aid" and "create meaningful, high value, and sustainable trade." To produce these hand-woven products, Rags2Riches partners with local artisan communities in the Philippines by providing fair trade, skills workshop and other opportunities. Aside from that, their brand promises to create eco-ethical fashion using "upcycled, overstock cloth and indigenous fabrics." Rags2Riches products are currently distributed in the Philippines, the United States, United Kingdom, the Benelux Union (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), and Switzerland. It's also available for international shipping to other countries.


(Cover photo from: @rags2richesinc)




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Fun adventures are what summer is all about. Make sure you’re dressed right for the occasion. Read on as cleo.com.sg dishes on styling tips with this season’s must-have accessories.


Rainbow-coloured Sunglasses



Add a cool vibe to any look while keeping your eyes protected from the harsh rays of the sun.


F21 Body Chain



Complement your summer bronzer with this fancy accessory.


Sophia Webster Slippers



These slip-ons are both comfy and stylish for all your summer plans.


Casetify phone case



Can it get any more ‘summer’ than this?





Mango earrings



Complete your boho chic look with these statement earrings.


Zara bag



This carry-all tote is the perfect companion for all of your summer adventures.


(Cover Photo from: ElaineHeng)




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If, like us, you're all about getting surprised by things you learn, you're in for a treat. This week's Insider Roundup is going to inspire awws and ohs. Here are just a few of the fun things we discovered. 


#HalalPaint



Nail polish that's not haram has come. Muslim girls and boys can now paint their nails freely with this collaboration between Muslim Girl and Orly.


Dress like Audrey



If you love Audrey Hepburn as much as you love nail polish, you'll love this. Sotheby's is auctioning off some of the late iconic actress' personal possessions, including a few clothes and some ballet flats.

A crystal wand?



What's the strangest thing you've seen a person carry in their bag? Right now, ours would have to be the crystal wand Miranda Kerr brings everywhere with her. The Aussie model says it's great for meditation and on acupressure points. (While this is new to us, it's apparently something a lot of famous people have been doing. Victoria Beckham has a crystal in her bag at all times, too.)


Bridal Tresses



Wedding season has started in Southeast Asia, and we're super excited to see new trends. Before we dive into the pool of newness, though, we're taking a look back at how things were with this clip on 100 years of bridal hair.


(Cover photo from: @muslimgirl)



Catch up on last week's happenings here.

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