Where the pooch-lover meets the design enthusiast, one will find The Gourmand’s 2019 Dog Eat Dog calendar. With 12 portraits of “culinarily-named canines” (including Marzipan, Radish, Beans and more), the calendar’s creative direction was helmed by The Gourmand team. In addition to the visual delight, 100% of the proceeds go to Mayhew—a British animal welfare organization that’s been doing good things for over 100 years.
Holy Ghost! (aka Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel) joined forces with iconic, pioneering disco label West End Records for this special release. The 12″ single comes complete with a Tom Moulton mix, a B-side with the Chuck Davis Orchestra and a Holy Ghost! remix. Honoring West End Records founder Mel Cheren’s legacy, proceeds from the sales of this record will go to LIFEbeat and Gay Men’s Health Crisis—helping to fight the AIDS epidemic, and support and empower those living with the illness.
Jen Gotch, founder of ban.do, has, admittedly, struggled with mental health issues for most of her life. “I know how challenging it can be both personally and professionally. It’s so important for us to open up a dialogue about how we are feeling and get to a place where we are comfortable asking for and receiving help,” she says. She believes that one way to get there is to eliminate the stigmas surrounding mental health. She hopes that the 7.8 necklace, a simple and stylish charmed chain, can be a conversation starter. “7.8” began as Gotch’s “magic number”: “In an emotional rating system that Jen created with her mom… 1 is depressed, 10 reflects a manic state and is too high, and 7.8 is just right,” an accompanying inscription reads. 100% of the proceeds will go to Bring Change To Mind–a non-profit dedicated to ending the stigmas surrounding mental illness.
A limited edition collaboration between SFMOMA and method, the reusable crystalline Glass for Good Hand Wash features a copper-tone pump top. Accompanying the vessel, Method includes a plant-based, biodegradable violet noir fragrance soap, which they refer to as “a subtle medley of violet leaf, lavender, and cedarwood.” Most important, proceeds from sales will benefit SFMOMA’s educational initiatives.
Made from 100% lambswool at a 141-year old Scottish mill, this “Isles Wool” sweater from Askov Finlayson is a timeless garment meant to stand up to the toughest cold. It’s tightly knit (less likely to fray or snags) and comes in blue, black or acorn. Purchases will also benefit Askov Finlayson’s “Give 110% Mission.”
Warby Parker‘s just-launched Pupils Project Collection includes sunglasses and spectacles designed with notable New Yorkers like Gloria Steinem, Iman, Rosario Dawson, Michael K Williams and others. Our pick is Humberto Leon’s sharp, rectangular Sibley design—made from hand-polished cellulose acetate. Best of all, 100% of each purchase will go to the Pupils Project—which offers kids from low-income households vision screenings and eye exams at school, as well as free glasses (that they choose) if they need them.
Filled with catnip, this fortune cookie toy will delight any cat—especially those who can read the message: “blame it on the dog.” Made from eco-friendly felt, it can be spot-cleaned easily and air-dried. The 100% catnip will affect two-thirds of cats as a mild hallucinogen. Adding to the high (for cat and owner), Modern Beast donates 100% of their profits to various animal welfare organizations.
Made in the USA from 100% cotton, this Askov Finlayson T-shirt highlights the significance of climate change with “Vote for Winter” emblazoned across the chest. The Minneapolis-based brand says, “Our winters are at risk, and we’re voting to save them”. In addition, they’re also attempting to undo their carbon footprint each year by donating their climate cost plus 10% to cutting-edge climate solutions.
A queer WOC-owned business, Diaspora Co has a small range of products but aims to make a big impact. With the goal of giving income and power back to Indian farmers, their collection of turmeric items rejects the colonial spice trade and supports sustainable spice agriculture. Our pick is the Heirloom Cooking Gift Box—with the Five Morsels of Love Andhra cookbook, heirloom Kokuho rose rice, ghee, and Diaspora Co turmeric.
Celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, Perth-based designer Poppy Lissiman’s “Pride” necklace is made from 18k gold-plated sterling silver and high-quality rainbow-colored cubic zirconia. 10% of the profits are donated to Rainbow International, an organization dedicated to empowering LGBTQ+ rights activists in countries where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are criminalized. Price is in AUD.
All of the proceeds generated from the sales of this necklace from SexyBeast will go to Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. Designed by Gabriela Artigas, the open cirlce design is inspired “by cycles of transformation and the way that networks of support strengthen the individual.” And, at the circle’s most delicate point, there is a single diamond (or a ruby if you desire).
The Special Olympics Athlete Oath, which reads, “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,” is concentrated into its most exemplary pillar on this Prinkshop shirt. With the purchase each one, $7 is donated to the Special Olympics and the efforts they make in ending the discrimination against people with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Limited to an edition of 100, this “Abolish ICE” print by Ben Sanders doesn’t just look good, but all profits are being donated to RAICES—an organization that free and low-cost legal assistance to those facing detention at the US border. Measuring 24 by 36 inches, it’s printed on 80LB gloss-book stock, and is signed and numbered by the artist.
LA-based bfgf has joined several other artists and collectives for Debbie Carlos Shop’s series Democracy Prints. All proceeds from the collection’s sales will go to RAICES Texas Family Unification Bond Fund—whose mission is to reunite families separated at the US border. This particular print measures 13 by 19 inches, and is on matte heavyweight photo paper.
Founded and run by women, Wildfang supports the LGBTQ community all year—in 2017 they donated some $75K to various women- and LGBTQ-focused organizations including the ACLU and the Tegan and Sara Foundation. Right now, they’re sending a portion of the profits from the sale of the Pride iteration of their Wild Feminist T-shirt to The Trevor Foundation. The relaxed fit top is boxy and made for all genders; available in size from XS to 2XL.
Even just a rainbow trim speaks volumes. Such is the case on 2(X)IST’s Pride Jogger Colorblock Swim Short—all-white poly-microtwill with a colorful, celebratory accent. As for function, there’s a quick-dry mesh interior and deep side pockets, too. It’s the style that truly impresses, with retro dolphin splits at the side hem and a no-show rise. The brand is also making a donation to The Trevor Project.