Lately, I have found myself wearing more and more pieces that come from businesses that are making a point of doing good in the community (sometimes thats our local community, sometimes global.)
One of the first businesses I can remember that made this front and center while still gaining attention outside of local farmers’ markets and co-ops was TOMS. Now it’s been several years since TOMS began taking our stores by storm, and, if their shoes covering the tables in the Nordstrom’s shoes department is any indication, they are still going strong.
And honestly, I think it is too cool. I love what they’re doing. Not only are they about something a lot bigger than aesthetics and retail, but they encourage us to be, too.
TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie wrote a book called, “Start Something That Matters.” It is an awesome book about using your gifts and talents to start something that brings value to your community. (Oh yeah, and for every book purchased, one new book is given to a child in need.)
Check out this video of David Bowden performing a piece of poetry he wrote inspired by Mycoskie’s book.
Ugh, his words get to me. They motivate me and I love that.
But let’s be real – TOMS may be doing great things, but theyre not everyones’ pair of tennies.
I’ve never been drawn to purchase a pair for me to wear personally and I am not entirely sure if I will. And ya know what? That is ok because there are plenty of other companies with similar ethics and business models that do compliment or enhance my personal style.
Good product + good service + great cause = I will be a happy, faithful repeat customer.
These kind of companies are becoming easier and easier to find! A few of my current favorites are:
At the end of the day, whether or not you decide to live your personal life with others in mind, wether or not you decide to take a leap of faith and start something that matters, you can still make a positive impact just by making a wise fashion choice, and that, my friends,is just a little bit of fantastic.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:1-2 (Message Version)