Travel with Purpose

By Kenlyn Jones

 Image courtesy of  andBeyond

Image courtesy of andBeyond

An ancient Chinese proverb says, “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” 

This powerful message can be applied to so many aspects of your life—including your travel plans.

Travel pros at andBeyond are committed to responsible travel that mixes luxury, nature and philanthropy. 

The company takes tourism to a higher level— offering trips where you can engage in conservation projects in Kenya, visit the Nkomo Full Service Primary School in South Africa, or work with KOPELion project in Tanzania.

Recently, there’s been a large jump in voluntourism—60% of American’s vacation travelers within the last three years have taken a sustainable trip according to a recent study by Sustainable Travel International (read more here). 

And former United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has said, “As one of the world’s leading employment sectors, tourism provides important livelihood opportunities, helping to alleviate poverty and drive inclusive development.”

Consider one of their many do-gooder getaways, for your next international excursion, feed your soul and create life-changing memories that will stay with you forever.  

Visit andbeyond for more info.

Shuck Parkinson's

How A Dozen Oysters Can Help a Million People

By Erica Corsano

 Photo courtesy of Shuck Parkinson's

Photo courtesy of Shuck Parkinson's

Michael J. Fox (AKA Alex P. Keaton and Marty McFly) shocked the world in 1998 when he revealed he had Parkinson’s disease.  The movement disorder which is often considered an “old man illness” can affect those younger than 40.  In fact, an estimated one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease. 

Shuck Parkinson’s, a grassroots community fundraising event based out of Boston, is part of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF)— a foundation which the New York Times penned "the most credible voice on Parkinson's research in the world.”

We caught up with Alexandra Cherubini who started Shuck Parkinson’s to learn more.

 Photo courtesy of Alexandra Cherubini 

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Cherubini 

How did you get involved with this organization?

My mom has been battling Parkinson’s for twenty plus years, and about 15 or so years ago, my family became involved with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

For years, I have been wanting to hold a Team Fox event (100 percent of the money raised at Team Fox events goes directly to finding a cure and funding Parkinson’s research), and finally, in the beginning of September, we decided to make it happen!

Why did you feel Boston needed an event to raise more awareness for this cause/disease?

Parkinson’s is the second most common brain disease, and we need to find a cure!  I also find that a lot of people have someone in their lives with Parkinson’s but really do not know what it is, or how the disease can manifest itself from person to person.

What are some shocking and interesting things you have learned about Parkinson’s?

So MUCH!  One fact that I find shocking is that the most commonly used medication for Parkinson’s was developed in 1967, that is two years before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon!

The other shocking/interesting fact about Parkinson’s is that a blood test and/or a biomarker does not yet exist to diagnose the disease, so diagnosis is based on clinical signs, and whether or not a person responds to Parkinson’s medications.  So for my mom, she was ‘diagnosed’ in January of 1998, but looking back on it, had been showing signs years prior to the diagnosis. 

How did you come up with the cheeky event name? 

I wish I could remember it all in greater detail, but the one thing I do remember is that was about four years ago, and my husband, Camilo and I were eating Island Creek Oysters talking about how we needed to plan a fundraiser for the Fox Foundation.

What do you hope people will take away from your raising awareness?

Teamwork does make the dream work, and the more we can work together to raise awareness and fundraise, the quicker we will find a cure.

It was truly amazing to see how many people jumped in to help out with the event.  From the local companies that got involved (Island Creek Oyster, South End Formaggio, Wicked Good Cookies, Bruins Foundation, etc.) from those who donated to the event, those who attended, and from those who donated the amazing silent auction items.  It was truly incredible. 

How can people get involved and give back?

We started out with a 10k goal for the evening, and a few weeks before, we increased it to a stretch goal of 50K, we are currently now hovering around 70K and are hoping to hit 75k!

If anyone would like to help us reach that goal, we would be so appreciative!!!  There are also several Team Fox events around Boston (and other cities) that can be found on the Michael J. Fox Foundation website.

Again, 100 percent of all the money raised during this event goes directly to finding a cure for Parkinson’s.

To learn more or give back head to https://fundraise.michaeljfox.org/Team/View/47468/Shuck-Parkinsons

Veronica Beard and GOOD+ Foundation Partner this Season

By Kenlyn Jones

With the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget your besties on your holiday gifting list. There’s no need to go into full panic mode because one of our favorite lines (of all time) has your back. Chose from an adorable selection of feel-good frocks on veronicabeard.com.  

  BROOKS BLOUSE $395                                                                              artwork courtesy of Veronica Beard

BROOKS BLOUSE $395                                                                            artwork courtesy of Veronica Beard

  FORDE CABLE HAT $150                                                                          artwork courtesy of Veronica Beard

FORDE CABLE HAT $150                                                                        artwork courtesy of Veronica Beard

  AZAR CLUTCH BAG by Tara Zadeh $570                                           artwork courtesy of Veronica Beard

AZAR CLUTCH BAG by Tara Zadeh $570                                         artwork courtesy of Veronica Beard

  JAXON LOAFER $495                                                                         artwork courtesy of Veronica Beard

JAXON LOAFER $495                                                                       artwork courtesy of Veronica Beard

This month, VB is donating $10 of every online order to GOOD + Foundation as part of their ongoing #VBGIVESBACK program. 

For over a decade the,  GOOD+ Foundation has donated more than $35 million in goods to families living in poverty.  The nonprofit’s network of 155 programs works to help improve the lives of impoverished families and raise them up out of poverty. 

Since 2001 the organization has donated more than $35 million in goods and services.  GOOD+ Foundation board member Mary Kitchen told Veronica Beard the organization had done, “So much GOOD already and so much more to come!”

Shop Veronica Beard and check out GOOD+ Foundation and choose overnight shipping to get your gift in time for Christmas.

Workout Clothes That Will Put A Pep Back in Your Step

By Kenlyn Jones

The post-holiday blues are a real thing. With all the sweets, treats and holiday gluttony, January 1st might feel a little like doomsday. Getting back on track is easier said than done but the right workout gear can give you an outlook that allows for making positive change.  

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Meg Staples, Owner/Founder of Her Tribe Athletics agrees.  We recently chatted with the entrepreneur, who gave us her take on workout duds that can transform your body and mind.

How can fashion change a life?

Fun, good-looking clothing that you FEEL good in can give you the confidence you need to GET IT DONE! Whether that be adding five extra pounds to your deadlift or heading out for a night on the town. Fashion can lift us up and give us life!  

Why do you think it's important to support women?

Women need to empower each other so that we can enable and prioritize ourselves. We need to not let social norms get in the way and forge on to create new ones, with no end to limits or possibilities.  If we empower and support each other, we will build stronger communities for women everywhere! 

What’s the inspiration for Her Tribe?

I went to a women's athletic apparel event and, everything was super expensive. I had to pick and choose what I wanted to buy because I couldn’t afford it all. On my way home, and for the next week, I couldn’t stop thinking ‘why can’t I do this?!’ and I started to make it a reality. 

Update your gear in time for your January 1st resolutions at HerTribeAtheletics.com

Giving Tuesday

By Kenlyn Jones

With major shopping holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s easy to get lost in consumerism and forget the true meaning of Thanksgiving. This season, focus on giving back—Giving Tuesday is the perfect time to practice goodwill and support organizations making positive change.

Need some help deciding how to give? From educational initiatives to hunger relief, we created a list of remarkable organizations to consider.  Happy giving! 

Interested in helping schools in your area?  Try Donors.org

Support a classroom. Build a future.

Teachers all over the U.S. need your help to bring their classroom dreams to life. Choose a project that inspires you and give any amount.

Are the arts more your thing? Try supporting music programs like Music for Relief.

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In honor of #GivingTuesday, please support Music for Relief and our Typhoon Haiyan Relief effort. Donate here, and Steve Aoki will match it dollar for dollar.

What about food? Want to help people get nutritious and delicious meals? Then Lovin’ Spoonfuls is for you.

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Lovin’ Spoonfuls is dedicated to facilitating the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. They work efficiently to deliver this food directly to the community organizations and nonprofits that feed Greater Boston's hungry.

Give to the Cleo Institute if you want to celebrate your inner environmentalist.

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The CLEO Institute is the only non-profit organization in Miami, FL solely dedicated to climate change education, engagement, and advocacy.

Help provide clean water to people across the globe by donating to  charity: water.

Clean water changes everything.

charity: water brings clean and safe drinking water to people in need around the world, improving health, education, and opportunity - especially for women and children.

Animal lovers everywhere can support our furry friends at MSPCA.

The mission of the MSPCA-Angell is to protect animals, relieve their suffering, advance their health and welfare, prevent cruelty, and work for a just and compassionate society.

Whether it’s a local cause or an international initiative, there are plenty of places you can support during the holidays.  We hope you’ll join us, give back and spread the word on #GivingTuesday. 

Giving thanks. Giving back.

By Erica Corsano

Here at Fashion + Philanthropy, we have so much to be thankful for. First off, we’re finally live and that is in no small way thanks to our multimedia editor Kenlyn Jones. She has worked tirelessly on this project—THANK YOU KENLYN!

Next, we have YOU, our loyal readers to thank. Without an audience, we are nothing. So, thank you for your continued support. 

We are also so thrilled to be featured in the latest issue of Boston Common Magazine. Our founder, Erica Corsano chats about F+P, the importance of giving back and her forthcoming book. 

Lastly, we are so incredibly impressed by (and grateful for) the incredibly philanthropic  people and organizations we get to cover. Big media outlets continue to cut features funding daily and that includes covering philanthropic initiatives. A boldfaced mention in a gossip column simply isn’t enough. We need to be spreading the good word and inspiring people to do more. 

That’s exactly what we plan on doing—please continue to support our work.

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A week of wows: helping kids in need at two stylish soirées

By Erica Corsano

Gala season is in full-swing in the Northeast which means bubbles, bidding, and black-tie getups. Amazing style-spying and dizzying dance floor action aside, at the heart of this very important season, are causes that are changing lives across the globe.

Education org Flying Kites celebrated 10 years of providing schooling, clothing, nutritious food and more to vulnerable children in Kenya, raising a whopping 1.2 million dollars at their anniversary gala on Thursday evening. All proceeds will go towards the expansion of their Leadership Academy and Teacher Training Center.

Co-founder and executive director, Leila de Bruyne gave a heartwarming and humbling speech with a special shout-out to Alex + Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian, who attended the event with other A+A staffers. The brand is responsible for funding the building of Flying Kites’ new school and training center.

The self-made female billionaire (and recent Forbes Magazine cover subject) commemorated the anniversary party by announcing a matching gift challenge; pledging to match all donations made on the night (up to 250,000 USD).

 Melissa Steffy, Erica Corsano, Kennedy Elsey, and Jeff Brandli at Flying Kites. 

Melissa Steffy, Erica Corsano, Kennedy Elsey, and Jeff Brandli at Flying Kites. 

Since 2007, Flying Kites has been serving some of the most vulnerable children in East Africa through the Flying Kites Leadership Academy. In January 2018, the organization’s model school will be partnering with the district's most impoverished primary schools to help address barriers to learning and provide training and ongoing coaching to teachers in neighboring schools and communities.

 

Learn more at www.flyingkites.org.


On Saturday evening, another Boston-based organization for kiddos also celebrated providing access to educational programs at the Boston Children’s Museum Wonderball, held at the museum.

Since 1913, over 25 million children (and their families) have been welcomed to play and learn via Boston Children’s Museum various exhibits and programs.

Over 420 gala-goers celebrated the institution’s remarkable work raising over $600,000 in support.

 Wonderball co-chairs – Philip Gordon, Julie Gordon, Aisha Al Riyam, Al Wadhah Al Wadawi, Janna O’Neill, Sean O’Neill   Photo credit: Matt Teuten

Wonderball co-chairs – Philip Gordon, Julie Gordon, Aisha Al Riyam, Al Wadhah Al Wadawi, Janna O’Neill, Sean O’Neill

Photo credit: Matt Teuten

Each year, close to 600,000 visitors experience the wonders of this incredible community resource, and nearly half of those visitors rely on generously discounted or free admission.

Proceeds from the event will support the very programs that provide access to the Museum, regardless of economic, physical or developmental challenges.

Learn more at www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Wonder Woman: stage four cancer patient, Carol Chaoui inspires women everywhere

By Erica Corsano

This year’s Breast Cancer Hot Pink Luncheon & Symposium at the Boston Harbor Hotel was hugely successful. Over 300 women attended and more than $400,000 raised for breast cancer research. But the main highlight of the event was Carol Chaoui, the featured guest speaker, who had a conversation with Honorary Chair Kelley Tuthill(and breast cancer survivor) about living with metastatic cancer.  

Chaoui is 54 and has stage 4 thyroid and breast cancer. To generate awareness about the many women living with metastatic cancer, Chaoui runs marathons in a Wonder Woman costume and is planning on running the New York Marathon this weekend.

“Running helped me maintain a sense of normalcy during my treatments and kept me connected to the community,” Chaoui told us.

As for the amazing Wonder Woman costume, this real-life superhero says it’s about having fun and spreading the word about her disease:

“Since I can no longer run as fast as I used to, I decided it would be great fun to run in costume and I chose Wonder Woman. I have a special cape that says "Stage IV Needs More" on the back and it is a conversation starter and offers me the opportunity to help educate people about metastatic disease.”

Part of her message also includes how we refer to cancer patients. As a patient with two incurable cancers, Chaoui says that she will never be considered a "survivor" as she will most likely die from the cancers or the side effects of the treatments. Yet her outlook on life is utterly bright. 

“I like what Stuart Scott said—that you beat cancer by how you live your life. I prefer the term "thriver" as I am living with 2 incurable cancers.”

Chaoui supports BCRF and their amazing work because of their dedication to research and their financial model. Over 90 cents per dollar goes to actual research—a number most organizations simply can’t claim. 

 Kelley Tuthill, Dr. Eric Winer, (Carol’s doctor, at Dana Farber) and Carol Chaoui.

Kelley Tuthill, Dr. Eric Winer, (Carol’s doctor, at Dana Farber) and Carol Chaoui.

Chaoui explains why research is key:

“Many breast cancer non profits focus on raising awareness. We are all aware of breast cancer. What we need now, especially patients with MBC, is more funding for research to find better, less toxic treatments and hopefully someday a cure.”

Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF’s sole mission is to be the end of breast cancer by advancing the world's most promising research.

This year, BCRF is investing $59.5 million to support the work of more than 275 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 15 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide.  

If you’d like to support their mission, please visit www.bcrf.org.

Event Recap: Silent Spring’s 2017 Gala on Breast Cancer Prevention

Erica Corsano

 Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy and Silent Spring Institute, executive director, Julia Brody.

Keynote speaker Gina McCarthy and Silent Spring Institute, executive director, Julia Brody.

Former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy delivered an impassioned speech at Silent Spring’s annual breast cancer prevention gala last Thursday, talking about current threats to public health, namely the threat of unregulated and dangerous chemicals in everyday products and in our environment, and the challenges in dealing with these “invisible” threats that contribute to breast cancer and other diseases.

“You can’t smell the stuff that kills us now. You can’t see it, you can’t taste it. It’s in the products that are in our houses…” said McCarthy.

McCarthy emphasized the critical and urgent need to support science at a time when science at the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies is coming under attack.

“It is time for us to speak our minds,” she said. “If you think you can take away credible science and still protect the people in this country, you are wrong because science isn’t about gut instinct, it’s about facts.”

Silent Spring’s executive director and senior scientist Dr. Julia Brody highlighted the institute’s work including an innovative research program for rapidly identifying chemicals that contribute to breast cancer, a new study  on how exposure during adolescence to hazardous chemicals might increase breast cancer risk later in life, and a crowdsourced study for tracking the public’s exposure to 14 common toxics.

“Tonight, you have the opportunity to generate the science we need to stop making the same mistakes over again by putting untested chemicals in our environment and in our bodies,” said Brody. 

Norman Posner and host Kelley Tuthill, former anchor at WCVB-TV in Boston, led a paddle auction to raise funds to support the Institute’s work.

The evening ended with the awarding of the 2017 Rachel Carson Advocacy Award to Nancy Drourr, a long-time supporter and breast cancer survivor, for her advocacy work and commitment to prevention research.

The annual gala dinner was held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. More than 250 guests were in attendance.

To make a donation to the Silent Spring Institute, please visit www.silentspring.org.

From the front lines: UNICEF and Norwegian Air bring relief to Yemen

By Donna Goodison

It’s their eyes that stay with you. They convey what language barriers hinder, bringing into focus the plight of Yemenis who fled their war-torn country and are living in the Markazi refugee camp in northern Djibouti in East Africa, across from the Arabian Peninsula.

 The Markazi camp's makeshift preschool, where Yemeni refugee children ages 4 to 5 learn the alphabet and numbers in Arabic, and have time to sing, draw and play.

The Markazi camp's makeshift preschool, where Yemeni refugee children ages 4 to 5 learn the alphabet and numbers in Arabic, and have time to sing, draw and play.

The eyes of 29-year-old Mariam Hassen and 39-year-old Ersal Ismael that pierce through their niqabs, as Hassen cradles Kadria, her 7-month-old daughter suffering from severe acute malnutrition, and Ismael clutches her mobile phone that’s a lifeline to family members still living in Yemen.

The eyes of the refugee children – Kadria staring up from her mother’s arms, and preschoolers sitting on the floor of their makeshift school – that reveal a sadness or weariness belying their ages.

 Yemeni refugees trained as social workers at the Markazi camp measure the mid-upper arm of 9-month-old Moona Niazi, who, based also on her height and weight, was deemed to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Yemeni refugees trained as social workers at the Markazi camp measure the mid-upper arm of 9-month-old Moona Niazi, who, based also on her height and weight, was deemed to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

“I just dream to be a woman in this world – a simple dream,” said Ismael, who arrived at the refugee camp in August 2015.

Some 1,250 Yemenis live in tents and huts in the remote and dusty 42-acre Markazi refugee camp just outside the desert town of Obock, where the temperature reached almost 110 degrees on a late September trip with the United Nations Children’s Fund. Refugees escaping Yemen by boat cross the Bab-el-Mandeb strait – the “gateway of tears” -- or the Gulf of Aden to reach Djibouti, a coastal country on the Horn of Africa.  

Yemen has been engulfed in a civil war that’s devastated the Middle East’s poorest country. A Saudi Arabia-led, U.S.-backed military coalition supporting President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has been fighting since 2015 to force the Iran-allied, Shiite Houthi rebel group (loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh) from the Yemeni cities that it’s seized—including the traditional capital city of Sana'a.  

The conflict is blamed for the deaths of more than 10,000 people and the displacement of more than three million. It’s left Yemen close to famine and resulted in a massive cholera outbreak in what the United Nations has called the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. A quarter of Yemen’s 28 million people are starving, and a half million children under the age of 5 are severely malnourished, according to the UN.

Ismael, who taught French from home in Yemen, paid $100 each for herself and now 18-year-old son to take an approximately 11-hour journey by boat to Djibouti.

“There is no other choice,” she said through an interpreter, in the sparse tent where she now lives.

She and her son had been residing in the Crater district of Yemen’s port city of Aden, which in 2015 experienced aggressive ground fighting and aerial bombardments. There were rumors that Crater’s water supply had been poisoned, and Ismael worried her son would be taken by resistance fighters and used as a child recruit. Her oldest sister remains in Yemen with her children and grandchildren.

 This woman and her young daughter are among approximately 1,250 Yemeni refugees living in the Markazi camp.

This woman and her young daughter are among approximately 1,250 Yemeni refugees living in the Markazi camp.

“They say it is very difficult, and they would love to come to here, because they don’t have any means to eat even,” Ismael said.

UNICEF, the first aid group to gain access to Yemen after the war started, oversaw $47.7 million in emergency aid procurement for the country last year. Limited access to Yemeni seaports and airports since March 2015 prompted it to open a logistics hub in Djibouti, the closest point from which aid can be shipped safely, according to Etleva Kadilli, director of UNICEF’s Supply Division headquarters in Copenhagen. Since March, almost 2,500 metric tons of supplies have been sent to Yemen aboard fishing dhows and charter flights.

“We haven’t had any incidents, knock on wood,” Kadilli said.

UNICEF transported 28 tons of Yemen-bound emergency aid to Djibouti in September, including essential drugs, water purification tablets and community kits for the treatment of watery diarrhea and cholera. Norwegian Air provided a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for the special humanitarian aid flight from Copenhagen, where UNICEF operates the world’s largest humanitarian aid warehouse. The aid arrived in Aden by boat on Oct. 8, bound for Sana’a for distribution by UNICEF-sponsored trucks.

UNICEF and Norwegian Air also have collaborated on humanitarian aid flights to the Central African Republic, for Syrian refugees in Jordan and to Mali since 2014.

“We try to find trips that haven’t been so much highlighted in the media, that are a little bit forgotten, and they have maybe even more needs, because there is nobody there to commit supplies and medical and nutrition aid,” said Norwegian founder and CEO Bjorn Kjos, who has flown on all of the aid flights.

“I think everybody should see how much children are suffering. You don’t forget it. We’re actually saving a lot of kids.”

But Ismael sees no hope on the horizon for an end to the destruction in Yemen, which world powers largely have ignored.

“They see everything themselves – are they blind?” she asked. “What else should they see more to act?”

 Yemeni refugee women and children in the Markazi camp's nutrition tent, which runs a blanket feeding program for children ages 6 months to 5 years and pregnant and lactating women. It also provides vitamin supplements and promotes the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for up to six months with adequate supplementary feeding. 

Yemeni refugee women and children in the Markazi camp's nutrition tent, which runs a blanket feeding program for children ages 6 months to 5 years and pregnant and lactating women. It also provides vitamin supplements and promotes the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for up to six months with adequate supplementary feeding. 

Conditions also are relatively harsh at the rudimentary Markazi camp, which has 154 functioning latrines and 144 showers. In addition to the searing heat, the refugees endure wind-driven sandstorms. Female refugees have been trained as social workers to help assess health and nutrition needs, including whether children are malnourished based on their height, weight and mid-upper arm circumference. The camp reported twelve cases of severe acute malnutrition and nine cases of moderate acute malnutrition in late September.

Many refugees choose to leave the camp and return to Yemen. Since the camp opened in April 2015, about 1,700 families have gone back to Yemen despite the ongoing conflict, and some 100 families have left for Somalia.

Sixty-five-year-old Ali Aman, a retired architect and urban planner from Aden, has been living at the camp for 29 months. The war started soon after he retired, and his house was destroyed. He left behind three adult children.

"The only thing here available all the time is the water…but no green,” said Aman, likening the camp to living at the bottom of a well.

But, he said, “It’s better for me to live in the bottom, because the top is full of wild surroundings. I feel here safety, far away from the…crazy fighters there, the blind fighters. They have no purviews. They have no good thing about humanity.”

To make a donation to UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.org.

The Clean Beauty Answer to Sephora By Erica Corsano

By Erica Corsano

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Clean beauty retail chain Credo just opened its  doors in Boston, Massachusetts— the 6th US location for the brand. We recently chatted with the brand’s director of marketing, Lydia Harter, about the Credo client, non-toxic products and philanthropic initiatives.  We recently chatted with the brand’s director of marketing Lydia Harter about the Credo client, non-toxic products and philanthropic initiatives.  

What kind of person shops at Credo?

Our Credo client varies in age, but collectively they tend to be educated, living in cities, striving for a healthy lifestyle, and is looking for the latest clean beauty products on the market.  They want to enhance their natural beauty without sacrificing style and pleasure. They seek the safest beauty products but need them to be effective and beautiful. 

What kind of lines do you carry?

We sell over 100 clean beauty brands from makeup, skincare, haircare to sun care, fragrance, and body. All are beautiful with an impactful story behind.

What are the criteria for brands to be reviewed and potentially carried?

All of our lines are vetted through our screening process. We have a strict list of what we call dirty ingredients, these ingredients are often used in conventional beauty products and can be harmful to you (i.e. carcinogen, hormone disruptor), we ensure that none of our products contain any ingredient on our dirty ingredient list.

Each product is tested by our staff up to 4 weeks to make sure it works.   We need the lipstick to last and the eye serum to work.

We curate the best of beauty. Not only do our products need to be safe to use and work, they need to look and feel beautiful. After all we’re a beauty store.

Why is clean beauty so important?

The beauty industry in America is largely unregulated lacking any transparency, we are setting standards and regulation around personal care products, so people don’t have to worry.  If the products meets our standards we call it Credo Clean. We define clean as a product formulated using plants or made with a combination of safe, non-toxic synthetic ingredients combined with plants.

I know you carry lines with remarkable stories behind them, what is one (or two) that particularly stands out?

Great question!  One of my favorite lines is Ellis Brooklyn, started by Bee Shapiro, who is a NY Times beauty editor and writer.  Bee started the line after her daughter, Ellis, was born and was looking for a nice fragrance that didn’t contain non-toxic formulas. The line was named Ellis Brooklyn, which brings together the beautiful creation of renowned perfumer Jerome Epinette with the natural formulas made in upstate New York.  Because of her editorial background, she does an exquisite job of naming her products and packaging.

Tell me about your nationwide philanthropic initiative.

Lipstick Angels is our non profit partner and is a group of incredible Angels/volunteer Makeup Artists that go into hospitals to treat cancer and seriously ill patients with skincare services, makeovers, and hand massages.  Lipstick Angels believes that upholding the human dignity and self-respect of the patient is crucial to each individual's successful encounter and defeat of a chronic disease like cancer.

Credo is proud to donate 1% of all proceeds to Lipstick Angles. We’re also aiming for every location we have a Credo store, Lipstick Angels will open up in a local hospital. At the moment, Lipstick Angels is in LA, NYC, and SF.

I know it’s hard to pick- but if you had to, what are the top 5 products everyone needs in their beauty bag this fall?

Cuddle with Calhoun & Co

By Kenlyn Jones

Calhoun & Co makes products that offer both humor and comfort. The brand’s cool and cozy home accessories are perfect for lazy weekends spent on your couch—including their latest line addition, the Friendly Faces Knit Throw. 

Inspired by New Yorkers, the blanket is a celebration of individuality and diversity,  and a portion of the sales go to the ACLU.

Calhoun & Co. creator Kerry Stokes explains why:

“The Friendly Faces blanket was simply inspired by all different types of people being able to come together and being able to respect one another. The simplest thing we can do is to show kindness to strangers.”

Stokes created the brand to brighten up the lives of her customers.  “I wanted to help people give their home spaces some personality. The home is where we spend time with our nearest  and dearest, and I think it’s important for your space to reflect you. I wanted to do it in a fun and positive way.”

 Along with The Friendly Faces blanket, C&C recently added Friendly Faces dish towel, and both the dish towel and blanket are Made in the U.S.A.

Along with The Friendly Faces blanket, C&C recently added Friendly Faces dish towel, and both the dish towel and blanket are Made in the U.S.A.

One thing is for sure, Calhoun & Co’s products are as beautiful as the people that inspire them. 

To get your own friendly face check out Calhoun & Co or visit the ACLU to donate.

Eileen Fisher: Eco Remix

By Kenlyn Jones

Eco-fashion isn’t only trending, it’s necessary.  The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, the first being the oil industry.  In an attempt to change that, students from Massachusetts College of Art and Design partnered with Eileen Fisher to create stylish new looks out of gently used garments from GREEN EILEEN. 

The collaboration is part of MassArt’s Sustainable Fashion summer course created by Professor Jenn Varekamp.  Along with up-cycling, they used additional sustainable design strategies, such as low waste pattern drafting and low chemical dyeing, to refashion the garments for a second life. The project is a unique opportunity for the students to collaborate with a very well-established fashion company and leader in sustainability.

“I came to this project deciding whichever pieces I got to up-cycle I would leave them to determine the course of my design project both in silhouette and also in form and function. This is because I believe that one way we can become sustainable in fashion as designers is to let the natural fibers be as they are by minimizing processing. We should find innovative ways to be sustainable without sacrificing style,”  explained student designer  Queen Allotey-Pappoe

 Design by Queen Allotey-Pappoe

Design by Queen Allotey-Pappoe

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A fall reception at the Eileen Fisher store in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts showcased the final designs, allowing the public to see student work.

To learn more about MassArt and Eileen Fisher's commitment to sustainability visit Massart.edu and Eileen Fisher.