The holiday season has snuck up on us once again, but this year it’s come during an emotional and volatile point in time where it feels as though some of our nation’s most fundamental liberties are being challenged. If there’s anything I’ve taken away from the recent political, cultural and environmental events, it is that complacency is silence. And as a woman, a mother and a daughter of immigrants, silence can be detrimental. Now, more than ever, is the time to unite, learn, educate, participate and donate time and money to causes that will fight to protect us and the equal rights that make this country so beautiful. As I’m personally trying to navigate how to better engage in issues and how I can stand to make even the smallest difference within my community, it doesn’t mean that I (or you!) shouldn’t continue take delight in the holidays. Especially when some of my favorite female designers have started initiatives to bring awareness and to give back to impactful organizations. Designers of #WomenTogether, which includes Ulla Johnson, Ace & Jig, and Rachel Comey, are giving 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28. 15% of all Bliss and Mischief proceeds will go towards an organization of your choice, which includes Standing Rock Sioux and the Human Rights Campaign. And Patagonia is continuing their yearly tradition of giving 100% of proceeds, during Black Friday, to underfunded grassroots organizations, working in local communities to protect our air, water and soil for future generations. Whether you shop or not, let’s all pay it forward . . .

Rachel Comey: A portion of sales will be donated to the Trevor Project, the leading organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28

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Kathleen Whitaker: 100% of profits to be donated to The Natural Resources Defense Council on November 25th. 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28.

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Bliss and Mischief: 15% of online proceeds towards Planned Parenthood, Standing Rock Sioux, Human Rights Campaign, Environment America and more, from now until December 31st

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Maryam Nassir Zadeh: 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28

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Ace & Jig: 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28

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Zero + Maria Cornejo: 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28  

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Ulla Johnson: 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28

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Jesse Kamm: 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28

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Patagonia: 100% of sales towards underfunded grassroots organizations, working in local communities to protect our air, water and soil for future generations, on November 25th.

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Creatures of Comfort: 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28

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Apiece Apart: 5% to Planned Parenthood from November 25 and November 28

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