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Fashion Gives Life

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By In Her Shoes Contributor: Brandis Snagg
Through giving back you gain clarity, peacefulness, happiness, and balance in your life.
-Rachel Roy

The fashion world has always been heavily involved in philanthropic efforts throughout the years. When a horrendous hurricane hit Haiti, the fashion world stood at the forefront leading the charge to repair the battered nation. Fashion, much like music, is a universal form of expression and can be a catalyst to eradicating some of the world’s most devastating human rights issues. One of the designers giving back to others in need is Rachel Roy. Many in the entertainment industry may know her as the former wife of once hip hop mogul Damon Dash and the woman who turned the Roc-A-Wear label into an urban success, but today, in the fashion world she’s simply Rachel Roy.

While we are aware of her work doing everything from styling video and photo shoots, appearing on TV segments, being a guest editor in fashion’s top mags, looking ravishing on the red carpet and dressing the First Lady Michelle Obama, it’s her contributions to various charities that give her a lovable appeal. Rachel recently designed a clutch to benefit OrphanAid, a non-profit whose aim is to support orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana. 100% of the proceeds from the colorful woven clutch will be donated to the charity. We’ve seen Rachel lend her support to other efforts, having designed tote bags for the people of Pakistan and Japan. To date the clutch has been seen in the hands of fashion heavy weights like Margherita Missoni and top fashion editors. The clutch retails for $49 and can be purchased on

While you’re there take a look at Rachel’s collections. She truly designs for the modern, working woman on the go. Sleek classic lines, paired with unconventional color palettes makes for fashion’s must have garments. Enjoy!

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

1 Comment

  1. Chuckcity

    February 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I’ve always been a fan of Rachel Roy since she gave life to Rocawear, not to mention she is gorgeous. But to hear that she does so much for charity is a blessing. I’m all about giving back to the community and it’s great when you hear people such Rachel Roy taking the initative. Hopefully it inspires more to help where they can.

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