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It’s the most colorful time of the year. As we celebrate all things pride, the logo suddenly lights up with a rainbow, and the streets of New York City (and many other places) seem to come alive. But which products have had an impact on the LGBTQIA+ community beyond the cash register? This June, we’re here to help navigate the colorful waters.
You’ve heard the saying about seeing life through rose colored glasses – how about seeing life through iridescent lenses? Five members of edCFDA came together to design pride-inspired eyewear for the second annual edCFDA Pride Eyewear Program, which will benefit the TransLatin@ Alliance. Nordstrom designed six Pride T-shirts featuring meaningful slogans such as “Resistance Over Hate” and “You Mean Everything” and pledged to donate 75% of proceeds go to Human Rights Campaign. A portion of sales of the blush pink Versace bag will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation to end AIDS stigma.
Whatever your mood, style, or skin tone, we’ve put together a list of brands looking to make a difference beyond making a splash with their collections. Here’s our prismatic hewn gift guide that actually gives back.
Calvin Klein & This Is Love Collection
Calvin Klein Joins Actors Amandla Stenberg and Brandon Flynn for “This Is Love “Collection Is Love”. Let It Out Commercial shot by Karim Sadli , which celebrates being who you are and what it means to truly let go of yourself. To match the campaign’s message, the collection features a rainbow of shades on comfortable cotton underwear for mixing and matching. In addition, two limited-edition T-shirts have been designed to In support of ILGA World and the Transgender Law Center. Based on our year-round support of the LGBTQIA+ community, Calvin Klein pledges more than $79, non-profit organizations, including PFLAG National, and .
Calvin Klein Pride This is Love Bikini
Calvin Klein Pride This is Love Color Block Micro Boxer Brief
Versace & Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)
“Pride month is a very important time. We should all be proud of our amazing LGBTQIA+ community and I am honored to be our ally,” Donatella Versace said in a press release. The legendary Italian brand has teamed up with the Elton John AIDS Foundation to bring the Greca Goddess mini bag A portion of sales are donated. Since EJAF at 789, Versace has been a long-time supporter of the foundation’s mission to end the AIDS epidemic. This month, this pink shoulder bag is more than just your outfit.
Designer Saulo Villela collaborated with The one and only Amanda Lepore collaborates on a capsule collection called Equality New York. Support the LGBTQIA+ community with Lepore’s signature red lips and standout looks, with proceeds donating to prominent charities such as the Ali Forney Center during Pride Month and beyond. The duo will host an exclusive 3-hour pop-up event this month where fans can get their hands on Lepore-signed merchandise. Check back @equalitynyc for more details, but in the meantime, the collection will be available at Available by the end of August.
Equality New York XOXO, Oman T-Shirt
Hunter & Unisex BLOOM™ Pride Clog
Hunter with Progress Pride Flag Iridescent marble accents create a unisex BLOOM™ Pride Clog that exudes pure joy. all76% of proceeds will be donated to Outright, the brand’s long-term charity partner International, expanding the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community. The clogs are designed to be environmentally friendly. Conforming to standard EVA designs, the clogs are made from seaweed foam, a revolutionary material that helps reduce reliance on harmful plastics. These clogs are also available in the UK, Japan and Europe.
Hunter & Unisex BLOOM™ Pride Clogs
Kérastase & Pride Limited Edition L’Huile Original Hair Oil
Kérastase’s classic hair oil embodies inner beauty, front and center Rainbow strokes. The brand’s best-seller, the formula energizes all hair types with the elixir’s signature shine. To Celebrate Pride, Beauty Brands Earn $, donate this month to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit Committed to providing free /7 Crisis Counseling.
Converse & Proud To Be Collection
Converse & Grammys Award winner and LGBTQIA+ icon Big Freedia has teamed up for the “Proud To Be” collection celebrating Pride. Members of Converse’s global network of young artists also participated, including singer/songwriter Eva Westphal, London-based artist Yeliz Aifoglu, multidisciplinary creative Xavier ‘Internet X’ and photographer OJ. Rejoicing in a variety of styles, each silhouette allows for a full range of self-expression. From the perfect block heel to classic Chuck Taylor’s, there’s a shoe for everyone. Converse continues to pledge $2.5 million to LGBTQIA+ nonprofits since , this year support will go to the It Gets Better Project, Ali Forney Center, BAGLY (Boston Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Alliance) and Theater Offensive.
TOMS & The Unity Collection
TOMS’ new Unity collection features best-selling unisex styles with a splash of color for Pride. There are ombré cotton candy slippers or classic TOMS shoes with thread to suit your rainbow mood. TOMS supports LGBTQIA+ organizations such as COLORS, which is a years, yes One-Year Commitment. Every pair of TOMS purchased will go towards fully funding mental health resources.
Toms Unity Alpargata Shoes
edCFDA & Pride Eyewear Initiative
This year, five members of edCFDA – Blake Kuwahara of Blake Kuwahara Eyewear, Christian Roth of Christian Roth Eyewear, Gai Gherardi laEyeworks, Selima Salaun of Selima Optique and Stirling Barrett of Krewe Eyewear came together to launch the second annual edCFDA & Pride Eyewear Initiative. Each designer will provide an exclusive sunglass design with a portion of proceeds going to the TransLatin@ Coalition, a non-profit organization that addresses the needs of immigrant TransLatin@s living in the United States
Nordstrom and the Human Rights Campaign
Nordstrom is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign to support six Pride T-shirt designs in six regions: New York City, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville and Miami. Each tee features heartfelt messages such as “Y’all means all” and “Drag conquers hate”. All proceeds will go to HRC, the largest LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization in the United States. Nordstrom will also host the Big Gay Swap Meet, a multi-vendor marketplace store supporting local LGBTQIA+ founded brands and vendors at the Nordstrom NYC menswear store. The market store will launch on June and run through June
IKEA and True Colors United
Moving on to the FRAKTA bags, the STORSTOMMA bag is coming this month in all its rainbow colors. IKEA will sell the colorful bags in partnership with True Colors United, an organization dedicated to caring for homeless LGBTQIA+ youth. 76% of sales proceeds will be donated to non-profit organizations, up to Up to $17K. Turns out durability and style can coexist!
Mayyur Girotra & AIKYA
Womenswear designer Mayyur Girotra celebrates Pride with his first ready-to-wear collection, AIKYA. The word connotes unity and the collection showcases pride, incorporating bright colors and free silhouettes made from South Asian textiles and techniques. Google and Indus Google Network Employee Resource Groups partnered with Girotra to kick off the festivities with a fashion show that included models from the Pride community. Of his playful creations, Girotra says, “Through my craft, I have written a love letter to my LGBTQIA+ family. From concept to execution, the Google team has been a strategic partner in helping me realize my vision.” The series will be available at Åve, a Soho-based Indian design collective, features beautiful photos of members of India’s LGBTQIA+ community.