Philanthropy Driving the Fashion Industry
(Illustration above by Iman Geddy)
In today’s world quantity seems to drive people to purchase as many garments as they can for the least amount of money as possible, but we have to ask ourselves, is that really fashion? What happened to creativity or design on a dime, quality over quantity. The biggest loophole in the fashion industry today is the productivity. The world simply cannot keep up with the habitual fast lifestyle of most consumers. Everyone screams they want change, but as cliché as it sounds, we must be the change we want to see in the world. As people question if the fashion industry will ever be sustainable, Limitless La Vie brings to you our very own fashion forward sustainable clothing collection!
In creating our Career Capsule Collection, Limitless La Vie has been inspired by strong, successful women who have used their wealth, power, and influence to make a difference in the world. Angelina Jolie, Melinda French Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Donna Karan and Amal Clooney have all taken different paths to their positions of influence, but are all using them for the greater good. These philanthropists have sought to not just enrich themselves, but create a better life for all, and for that reason we have named the pieces in our collection after them, as a tribute to their contributions to a better world!
Angelina – Classic Fit Tie-Front Silk Shirt
This beautiful, classic, chic, minimalist-styled Classic Fit Tie-Front Silk Shirt is a perfect fit for a busy, humanitarian activist and philanthropist like Angelina Jolie. Not content to be just a movie star, she has used her fame to draw attention to the needs of third-world children, acting as a special envoy to UNICEF. Why? She says, “I have so much in my life. I want to be of value to the world.” The fashion industry suffers from the mistreatment of women and children in these countries where they are to work long hours in unsafe conditions with unfair wages. What better way to bring awareness to the industry while captilzing on an influencer who is just as passionate about the needs of women and children in third-world countries. How will you rock your Classic Fit Tie-Front Silk Shirt?
MELINDA FRENCH GATES
Melinda – Oxford Button Down Shirt
The tailored, classic Oxford Button Down shirt was designed with a business leader and philanthropist like Melinda French Gates in mind. Working with her husband in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she has spearheaded campaigns to improve the opportunities for health services, education, and economic independence to those in need around the world, as well as at home in the United States. Limitless La Vie seeks to improve the lives of at-risk youth through education, sports, fashion, art and programming. This capsule is more than just fashion, it’s a statement. She says, “Philanthropy is not about the money. It’s about using whatever resources you have at your fingertips and apply them to improving the world.”
Oprah – Asymmetrical Button Down Blazer
Our boldly designed, form-fitting Asymmetrical Button Down Blazer is the perfect match for a trailblazer like media giant and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. Starting out with nothing, and experiencing a troubled childhood, she has risen to become not only one of the wealthiest and most influential women in the United States, but has shared her good fortune by supporting career opportunities and education for young women. She has even built a school! No person left behind, everyone can win. Her philosophy is “Many things in life inspire philanthropy, such as your faith in humanity and your belief in the human spirit to overcome.”
Michelle – Fitted Midi Dress (Sheath)
The sheath dress is a style often associated with the former First Lady of the United States. For eight years, Michelle Obama graced the White House with her warm, welcoming personality and enthusiasm, raising funds and awareness for Let’s Move and then she showed the world that it’s okay to Let Girls Learn! Her energy encourages others to get involved, saying “There are stillmany causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made!”
Donna – Asymmetrical Border Skirt
Our sophisticated, sleek Asymmetrical Border Skirt offers exceptional design, much like that of designer Donna Karan, who has inspired fashion throughout the world. However, she has moved beyond the world of fashion to philanthropic efforts through her Urban Zen Foundation, which focuses on health care, education and preservation of cultures, with a special concern for the needs of children. Her philosophy of sharing is “Whatever you’ve been given, it’s to give back.”
Amal – High Waist Flair Pants
These High Waist Flair Pants are perfect for a high-powered lawyer like Amal Clooney, who worked as an international human rights lawyer well before she married George Clooney. Partnering with her husband, she has continued to work to make lives better for people in need around the world. Recently she instituted the Amal Clooney Scholarship to help Lebanese young women receive post-secondary education. The fashion industry longs for purpose. She herself has said about her new fame, “I think it’s wonderful celebrities would choose to spend their time or energy or the spotlight that they have to raise awareness about these causes. I don’t really see myself in the same way because I’m still doing the same job that I used to do before. So if there’s more attention paid, for whatever reason, to that, then I think that’s good.”
We have pursued the development of our Career Capsule Collection pieces with the same principles that these strong women have modeled. From the ethically sourced fabrics, through the construction of the garments by workers paid fairly for their labor, through to the use of the profits to help improve the lives of those in need, we have worked to create a capsule collection that will not only be beautiful, but help to create a more beautiful world for everyone. Ethically, set, GO!