I learned about Open Arms right before I headed to BlogHer ‘12 in August. I saw their line of skirts and scarves and knew I wanted to own a couple of pieces, but what really drew me to them is the reason they do what they do. They have a pretty strong message attached to their clothing line.
They don’t do this alone, we can pitch in. Not just by purchasing their skirts and scarves, but by donating bulk t-shirts. You know how companies sometimes have an event where they hand out t-shirts? Well, Open Arms will take the excess, overrun or misprints and use them for their clothing!
They also give anyone in their local area of Austin, TX, the opportunity to go in and volunteer. While there, volunteers work side by side with a refugee and are able to learn about the production of the apparel, but also about the refugee’s life. Isn’t that amazing?!
Now, let’s talk about my skirts! I took mine to BlogHer and wore my Dragonfly skirt on the plane and to the first party that night. Now, you have to understand, I haven’t worn skirts in ages. I felt SO comfortable. It falls just above the knee and was a nice light weight.
Open Arms sent me tags that have scraps of the t-shirts attached to them (use every scrap possible) and I carry them in my purse. I know I’ll be asked about them and when I do, I want to be able to share the story of this company!
So, while you may pay $50 for a skirt or $45 for a scarf, and that’s a great price for these beautiful skirts and scarves, you get an item made here in the USA and you are helping refugee women live a life that supports their families!
*I received these skirts for review. The opinions expressed are my own!