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International Women’s Day is almost here and with it comes a feel-good reason to get yourself some new clothes and accessories. In honour of IWD, brands from Roots Canada and Aritzia to Canadian designers like Hilary MacMillan are giving back with International Women’s Day products that give back to causes supporting women and girls. Get yourself (or your BFF!) a new vegan leather jacket, emblazoned with “GRL PWR” on the back, or a pendant necklace that lets you keep your favourite cause close to your heart — literally. Treat yourself to a luxurious L’Occitane hand cream, or a cozy sweatsuit appropriate for work-from-home vibes.
Scroll through the best finds that give back for International Women’s Day. Trust us — you’ll want to click “add to cart” to all of these buys with good causes behind them.
Put those extra Sephora Insider points to good use! The cosmetics retailer has partnered with Project Glimmer, an organization that aims to inspire every girl to envision an empowered future. The partnership offers customers the opportunity to redeem their points for a Charity Reward — 500 points equals a $10 donation.
Roots Canada has teamed up with writer and mom-of-two Emma Knight for a collection that includes a t-shirt, tote bag and wristlet featuring empowering phrases in English and French. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Girls E-Mentorship (GEM), a program that helps girls overcome barriers as they transition into adulthood.
Toronto-based size-inclusive designer Hilary MacMillan is celebrating International Women’s Day with an all-new Varsity Collection supporting women’s empowerment with 15 percent of sales going to Black Women in Motion and Up With Women. First hitting the market in 2017, MacMillan’s line of vegan leather varsity jackets read “Feminist, “Don’t Tell Me To Smile”— famously worn by the Victoria Beckham — and “GRL PWR” on the back.
For each of the brand’s Notorious Necklace (pictured above) sold, the brand will donate $20 to the International Center for Research on Women. The organization works to identify gender inequity issues with the goal of building sustainable business practices and finding new opportunities for youth.
Love soft lips and hands? You’ll love them even more with L’Occitane’s Shea Hibiscus Solidarity Balm and Solidarity Hand Cream. 100 percent of the proceeds from the purchase of either product go to to women’s leadership initiatives in Burkina Faso.
In the market for a new phone case? Consider this your sign. Casetify teamed up with Equality Now for the relaunch of their Her Impact Matters collection. The brand will donate $5 of every purchase to Equality Now, an organization that fights for equal rights for men and women under the law.
Toronto-based brand TH Fashion is set to release their Jacket of Hope, which features a detachable mask and emergency gloves built into the sleeves in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A portion of the proceeds will be donated directly to a variety of charitable initiatives, and sold with the option to add a $50 charity donation to the New Start Foundation.
On March 8, and every following Monday of the month, From Rachel will be donating 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of their storage pouch to Chez Doris, the only women’s shelter open seven days a week in Montreal. Chez Doris offers women meals, access to showers, hygienic products, clothing and more.
The popular Canadian brand is launching a limited edition “Women to the Power of Women” collection of loungewear. All of the proceeds from the collection will be donated to organizations that support women and girls.
Astrid & Miyu
On International Women’s Day, 10 percent of Astrid and Miyu sales will be donated to the Prince’s Trust Change A Girls Life campaign.
Old Navy teamed up with New York-based artist Jade Purple Brown to add a colourful t-shirt to the brand’s Project WE International Women’s Day Tees. A portion of each purchase will go towards a million-dollar donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Led by mother-and-son team Jill and Max Johnson, Awe Inspired creates meaningful pieces that celebrate women who have overcome adversity. The brand donates 20 percent of all proceeds to the non-profit organization of the customer’s choice, including Cancer Care, RAINN and EMILY’s List.
Artist Rafaela Mascaro, charity I Support The Girls and intimates brand Lively have partnered up to create the “Uniquely You” tote, launching March 8. All of the proceeds from the sale go towards the charity, which provides essential items to women experiencing homelessness or poverty.
Founded by Calgary-based creative director and entrepreneur Emma May, SophieGrace is an apparel brand whose goal is to make it easy for women to look professional and stylish. In honour of International Women’s Day, the brand has launched a Ruth Bader Ginsburg t-shirt that reads “do something outside yourself.” With every purchase, SophieGrace will donate 20 percent of proceeds to Momentum, an organization that works to lift up folks experiencing low income and poverty through resources like micro-loans and community economic development education.
Spruce up your space for spring with one of Vitruvi’s oil diffusers. With every purchase made on March 8, the homeware brand will donate 30 percent of proceeds to The Body: A Home for Love, a donation-based wellness space for Black survivors of sexual trauma.
First launched in 2016, Eriness’s Resist collection allows jewellery lovers to shop and donate to their cause of choice: ACLU, Color of Change or Planned Parenthood.