Just two weeks ago we closed the doors to our brick and mortar shop in Silverlake. More than just a shop, this was community space for us; an opportunity to showcase our collections alongside other local designers. It was a space we could open up to our friends for art shows, poetry readings, concerts, pop-ups and more. It's a bittersweet ending but we are excited about our next chapter and focusing more on our website so that we can give you all the best experience possible :)
For this quarter's cause we chose to focus our efforts closer to home, with a local organization we believe in deeply; the Downtown Women's Center.
According to the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center, an estimated 254,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County during some part of the year and approximately 82,000 people are homeless on any given night. About 33-50% of the homeless population in Los Angeles is women. About 20-43% of the community is families, typically headed by a single mother. With 119 apartments on site, the DWC provides homes and support for the large percentage of women in need in our city. They also work to find housing and care for female veterans and women with severe health concerns within the community.
The DWC day center provides a stop-in refuge for women living on the streets or in night-to-night shelters. Meals, showers, clothing, and other essential resources are provided here. There are also educational career programs in the facility to help women on Skid Row overcome the employment barriers that face them.
In addition to hollistic health programs at their on-site clinic that include psychiatric sessions, mental health counseling, and group therapy, as well as self-care workshops and fitness classes, DWC has partnered with the organization Peace Over Violence to provide assistance applying to Victim Compensation, referrals for food, shelter, and housing services, medication support services, and access to therapy, community trainings, and more.
Kinsley in the Patch JumpsuitReese in the Opal Hand Knit DressLolo in the Satin Wrap SkirtLaurel in the Orchard DressPipe and Row in the Moonshine Jacket and Dad's ShirtAshley in the Striped SantiSivan in the Frank TeeEmily in the Her JumpsuitHorizons Orlando in the Cezanne OverallsMichelle in the Ripple Linen VGeneva in the Rainbow LinenChristine in a LACAUSA archive piece
This quarter, LACAUSA will be partnering with Waterkeeper Alliance. Waterkeeper is a global network of grassroots leaders and allies fighting for every community's right to clean water. Founded in 1999, it is the largest and fastest growing nonprofit dedicated solely to clean water.
Waterkeeper's story began in 1966 when fishermen on the Hudson River united to form The Hudson River Fishermen’s Association and went on to face (and beat!) many of the nations top polluters in order to preserve their local water for their families and community. In 1983 they hired their first full-time Riverkeeper to patrol the waters and enforce clean practices. Things kept growing and expanding into a global effort against water pollution and damaging industrial practices. Today, over 300 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates exist on six continents; protecting rivers, lakes and coastal waterways.
Throughout the summer season, 10% of our online proceeds will go to benefit drinkable, swimmable, fishable water around the world.
Lisa in the Bouquet Dress
Tess in a LACAUSA archive piece
Jordan in our Lightweight Trench
Krista in a LACAUSA Archive piece
DEVORE POOLE is having it's first ever pop-up shop this Saturday at LACAUSA!! Stop by to say hello, have an afternoon cocktail, and shop local, ethically made, sustainable goods! Portion of proceeds will go to NRDC.
The collection will be available at LACAUSA through April 14th.