Designer Gabriela Hearst’s label is about so much more than beautiful clothes. She proved it last year via this charitable Tod’s collaboration; once more by selling cheeky “Ram-Ovaries” sweaters for Planned Parenthood funding; and now again, by supporting famine relief efforts in drought-stricken East Africa through sales of her buzzy handbag collection.
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That's where you come in: Between October 1st and 8th only, fans can cut the line to purchase the brand’s highly coveted carryalls (the waiting list on the company's website, where styles are normally ordered via special request, is upwards of 1500 people long) for the first time ever through Bergdorf Goodman and Net-a-porter. Hearst’s profits from this special event will go toward her personal $600,600 pledge to Save the Children, who's efforts in the Turkana region of Kenya have been especially close to the her heart since she joined the organization on trip there last summer.
“There was 1065 families in the area I was visiting and they each needed $55 [as a weekly stipend] to survive through the next harvest,” Hearst tells InStyle. “We did the math on the people Save the Children could not reach and I pledged to covered the difference—now I am raising the extra money through this partnership.”
Hearst explains that her donation will empower those affect by the crisis to not only purchase food and clean water, but replenish any livestock that died off in the drought—a crucial component to these farming families to becoming self sufficient again. “There is still so much to do, but this is felt like the right place to start.”
To help Hearst in this mission (and, of course, get your hands on one of the street style set’s favorite accessories) mark your calendars now. Keep scrolling for a sneak peak of few options on tap, all of which will be available in additional colors and materials.
1. Nina bag in Ivory and Cognac, $1,995; at Bergdorf Goodman and Net-a-porter.com.
2. Jane bag in bordeaux, $2,495; at Bergdorf Goodman.
3. Billie Bag in nude, $3,295; at Net-a-porter.com.
4. Demi bag in red snake, $2,495; at Net-a-porter.com.