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Shop for a Cause

Proceeds go to charity at these boutiques and designer spots.


Members of the Lower Eastside Girls Club in front of the Sweet Things Bake Shop.   

Asha Veza
69 Fifth Ave., nr. St. Mark's Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-783-2742
The proceeds of each item sold at Asha Veza fund programs that teach sewing to women who are victims of trafficking or poverty. Find distinctive patchwork-stitched wool skirts and intricately embroidered coats (like this cropped swing jacket, $385).

Jack Spade
56 Greene St., nr Broome St.; 212-625-1820
Sales from this reversible Superhero Coal bag ($195) benefit Dave Eggers's nonprofit writing center, 826NYC. Available in black and blue or khaki and orange, one side is decked with superhero gear—masks, antimatter, etc.—and the other features nine-to-five staples like an iPod and MetroCard.

113 Prince St., nr. Greene St.; 212-673-7700
The sporty eyewear brand will donate $20 to various charities for each pair of six new styles sold. The special-edition sunglasses range from yellow Half Jacket frames benefiting the Livestrong Foundation to the sleek Oakley Ravishing style ($135) benefiting breast-cancer nonprofit group the Young Survivor Coalition.

Kiehl's Since 1851
109 Third Ave., at 13th St.; 212-677-3171
December proceeds from a limited-edition version of Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 ($8.50), touting a symbolic red ribbon in honor of World AIDS Day, go toward the nonprofit group YouthAIDS. In addition, 100 percent of proceeds from the Aloe Vera Biodegradable Liquid Body Cleanser ($16.50) will be donated to JPF Eco Systems, Brad Pitt's pet project supporting environmentally friendly design.

Urban Zen
705 Greenwich St., nr. W. 10th St.; 212-206-3999
Ten percent of sales at Donna Karan's serene boutique are donated to the Urban Zen Foundation, a public charity that teams up with hospitals like Beth Israel to promote patient advocacy. The luxe offerings range from an ivory cashmere looped scarf (right, $995) to striking images from photographers like Dana Matthews.

La Tiendita
56 E. 1st St., nr. First Ave.; 212-982-1633
The nonprofit Lower Eastside Girls Club runs this gift shop promising “fair trade and girl made.” This season, proceeds from these stuffed reindeer ($25) go toward the club's sister program in Chiapas, Mexico. (The club also runs the Sweet Things Bake Shop, which is offering decorated tins full of snowflake-shaped and gingerbread cookies.)

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