Are you looking to give your summer closet a makeover with some new pieces that will keep you cool while also staying in style? Rather than shopping at the mall, support some of Columbus’ clothing social enterprises. Columbus has many clothing and jewelry social enterprises that allow you to spice up your closet while also supporting great causes and improving communities around the world. Below are some of Columbus’ clothing social enterprises working to sell high-quality products and support a cause. Click on the social enterprises’ names to learn more about their products and mission. Also, feel free to engage with them on Instagram!
Ciela Handmade is a jewelry and accessories company that features products from Indigenous artists in Columbia. Ciela Handmade fights poverty by funding schools for Indigenous children and providing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for artisans and teenagers.
Goodwill Columbus provides jobs and professional skills for individuals with disabilities. Goodwill is the sixth largest nonprofit organization in central Ohio. At Goodwill, you can create an entire summer outfit for under $20!
Out of the Closet is not your average thrift store. Their sales go towards helping individuals living with HIV. Ninety-six cents of every dollar is donated directly to AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s HIV/AIDS programs. Besides clothing, Out of the Closet also has jewelry, houseware, collectibles, toys, and more.
Clothe Ohio creates comfortable and stylish clothing that helps Ohioans in need. For each order placed at Clothe Ohio, they donate a shirt or sweatshirt to someone who does not have the resources to purchase clothing. Clothe Ohio’s tee shirts are perfect for hot summer days.
Wild Tiger Tees has graphic tee shirts that help provide jobs and opportunities to young adults experiencing homelessness. Since they opened, they have provided 36 jobs to unemployed people from ages 18-24. Wild Tiger Tees’ items are simple yet eye-catching, making them a perfect staple for your summer wardrobe.
soHza sister works to empower women locally and globally through selling clothing, jewelry, and accessories. soHza sister has partnered with 22 different fair trade co-ops in over 11 countries! They donate their profits to local nonprofits that are helping women.