Local 303 Designer Taylor Sandona is on a Karmatic Mission to Bring Beanies to the Homeless Community in the Mile-High City, and He Could Use Your help.
When someone thinks about the stereotypical conversations surrounding the fashion industry, it may include topics like the hottest new $10,000 handbag by Fendi, a new clothing line from Ralph Lauren, the infamous red-bottom heels from Christian Louboutin, or the classic sunglasses designed Gianni Versace with the gold Versace Medusa head on the side (my personal favorite). But not all conversations surrounding the fashion industry include the mention of $1,500 shoes or the Hermes crocodile birkin that cost more than the average suburban house. Although if one were to be in Colorado while overhearing a conversation from people submerged in the local fashion scene, you may hear them talk about Local 303 Designer Taylor Sandona-owner of Create Karma Clothing Company, who’s clothing line is anything but excessive or self-indulging.
In fact, if you had really overheard a conversation discussing Mr. Sandona, it would’ve probably been centered around topics such as the altruistic character of his brand, or even more so the benevolent actions Taylor and his team have recently taken to transform their community into a better place. Don’t get me wrong, Taylor’s clothing lines are nothing short of the same enticing style and form-fitting outfits that characterize the expensive designs that stride down the NYC Fashion Week catwalk every year.
But the thing that separates Sandona from other designers is his focus on sewing the same philanthropic character into the seems of the Denver community as the stitches that hold together the outfits in his seasonal clothing lines. The brand itself was cultivated from the idea to “inspire others to do what they want and to shine a light into the streetwear industry” as well as to “bring together people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and ethnicities“-Aaron Rodriguez, 303 Magazine.
Create Karma was formed with the idea to inspire others to do what they want and to shine a light into the streetwear industry. Also, it’s provided a way for Sandona to bring together people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and ethnicities.
Taylor had inspired the idea from these principles to use his resources and professional experience to give back to the local community in the best capacity he could as a fashion designer. From this, Create Karma Clothing Co. started a program to give back to the less fortunate in the 303 by donating a beanie to the homeless community for every piece of their clothing sold.
This charity distribution design is similar to that of past clothing & shoe companies who have also focused their business around their mission to give back to the local and global community. Such companies include the popular shoe company TOMs who give a pair of shoes to those in need living in impoverished countries for every shoe purchased from their business.
Taylor’s idea for Create Karma to give beanies to the homeless community in Colorado is really quite brilliant. First off, giving away beanies is realistic and something that can be accomplished with more ease in his capacity as the owner of a clothing company. Second, for a clothing company, deciding to give away beanies is much more cost effective (as opposed to donating full floor-length coats for each donation) while still being effective in making a significant and positive impact on the community. Lastly, as an effective clothing item, beanies are a perfect item to donate to the Denver homeless community due to the freezing outside temperatures in the midst of the harsh winters. All together, donating these beanies not only gives Create Karma the opportunity to give back to their community without putting their business finances and operational future at high-risk. It also effectively gives back to the community in a substantial way that is also specialized to the issues surrounding the Denver community-such as the cold winters members of the homeless community have to face every year.
How Can You Help?
If you think that Taylor and Create Karma’s mission to give back to the community involves the same morals & beliefs you share, his team has said they would be open to including you in their altruistic mission to change the world as a better place. Since Create Karma Clothing Co. wants to expand this program beyond the borders of the just Colorado, his team mentioned they are willing to do anything from meet with you to supply beanies to donate to ship them out to other places with communities like ours in need. All of the details about Create Karma’s charitable efforts and contact information can be found on their website under the “Giving Back” link on their homepage. Whether you would like to help by shopping their new Spring ’17 collection to increase the number of beanies that will be donated, or would like to hit the streets with your friends to distribute the beanies to the community, this would be the best place to start. It’s be safe to say that someone like Taylor who has centered their entire business around collectively reaching our potential & doing more as a community, they would be happy to direct you on how you can help. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to make a positive impact, or has the need to give back to the less fortunate in the community. These beanies may not be hitting the NYC Fashion Week catwalk anytime soon, but industries like fashion industry do not always need to be about the newest outfits or the current hottest trends. Sometimes being a good person and giving back is sexier than any outfit even the world’s greatest designers could put together.
Besides, didn’t you hear? Benevolence IS the New Black….