Charity Case: Give While You Shop At These 6 NYC Boutiques

We always donate our old duds to the Salvation Army (we sometimes by them there, too), but a little empty closet space sometimes bums us out. When we feel the need to go out and comfort our lonely hangers, we realize we can still give to others even when we are giving to ourselves. So, in spreading those good vibes around a little bit further than just our wardrobe, we're giving our stamp of approval to eight great finds that are as cool as the causes they support.
falling-whistles-necklace-steven-alanBuy: Falling Whistle Necklace, $40, available at Steven Alan, West Village. We've declared our love for this simple necklace before, a whistle that symbolizes the whistles child soldiers use to scare off approaching enemies in Congo.
Give: Proceeds benefit the rehabilitation of war-affected children and the campaign for peace in Congo.
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Steven Alan
69 Eighth Avenue (at West 14th Street)
212-242-2677
stevenalan.com
doyle-and-doyle-swallow-earrings-1Buy: Heirloom by Doyle & Doyle Swallow Earrings, $125, available at Doyle & Doyle
Doyle & Doyle have Haiti on their minds with this charity effort. Swallows are a symbol of hope and renewal, a great sentiment to wear on your sleeve--or your ear--while doing your part for Haiti.
Give: 100% of net profit benefits Doctors Without Borders.
Doyle & Doyle
189 Orchard Street, (at East Houston Street); 212-677-9991
doyledoyle.com
la-familia-green-card-bird-1Buy: La Familia Green Greeting Card, $4-$6.75, available at Bird.
La Familia Green is a husband-and-wife print operation that calls its aesthetic "Mexican folk art meets Scandinavian design meets wildlife preserve." The whimsical cards are the perfect no-reason, just-because treat for a special friend.
Give: The company donates a portion of all sales to Chicago-area animal charities.
dwelling-knit-stuffed-snake-birdBuy: Dwelling Kenana Knitter Critters, $42-$112, available at Bird, Williamsburg.
These adorable stuffed animals are hand knit by women in Kenya. We think they're a great bedtime buddy that can also widen a kid's global perspective.
Give: Proceeds directly benefit the Kenyan artisans.
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Bird
220 Smith Street, (at Butler Street), Brooklyn; 718-797-3774
shopbird.com
art-production-fund-towel-opening-ceremonyBuy: Art Production Fund Works on Whatever Limited Edition Towel, $95, available at Opening Ceremony.
Dry off and help support contemporary art at the same time. Works on Whatever is the Art Production Fund's collection of everyday items designed by artists like Yoshitomo Nara, Jeff Koons, and Alex Katz.
Give: Revenues from sales support their non-profit mission, which works to expand art audiences and helps artists realize difficult-to-produce works.
michael-pellew-opening-ceremony Buy: Michael Pellew Celebrity Sightings Birthday Cards, $10 for small and $15 for large, available at Opening Ceremony New York.
Michael Pellew is one of many talented artists at the LAND (League Artists Natural Design) studio, a space in Dumbo for artists with disabilities. His hand-drawn cards bring together a bizarre and unlikely combination of celebrities for a most unconventional birthday wish.
Give: Proceeds benefit the LAND studio.
Opening Ceremony
35 Howard Street, (between Broadway and Crosby Street); 212-219-2688
openingceremony.us
diptyque-red-candleBuy: (diptyque)RED Candle, $68, available at Diptyque.
If you happen to have guests over when you light this candle, your apartment will smell great (we love the scent of rooibos vanilla), and you get props for helping spread awareness of The Global Fund.
Give: 10% of proceeds from this candle will go towards providing HIV/AIDS medication in Africa.
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Diptyque
377 Bleecker Street, (at Perry Street); 212-242-2333
diptyqueparis.com
onexone-links-of-london-braceletBuy: ONEXONE Charity Friendship Bracelet, $180, available at Links of London.
With the purchase of this friendship bracelet, you're not just giving your friend a pretty trinket, you're helping improve the lives of impoverished children all over the globe.
Give: A percentage of proceeds benefits ONEXONE, a group that works closely with local organizations around the world to improve well-being in the five areas of water availability, hunger prevention, health care, education, and play.
Links of London
402 West Broadway, (at Broome Street );212-343-8024
linksoflondon.com
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