In April 2014, I was one of 15 speakers at the inaugural TEDxSyracuseUniversity event.
Here is my bio: Timi Komonibo is a graduate student at Syracuse University from Missouri City, Texas. Timi has a fashion and lifestyle blog (NaturaleChronicles.com) where she discusses topics ranging from fashion to travel. She recently started a fashion nonprofit called STYLE LOTTERY, where she advocates for sustainable fashion and fashion philanthropy.
Here’s a little about the award:
Thirteen entrants—both individuals and teams—have been selected as winners in the Fast Forward competition, in which the University will fund student projects that demonstrate how Syracuse University and its students can have a positive impact on the world. The winners presented their ideas for the Chancellor, Board of Trustee members and fellow students at the Fast Forward event as part of the Chancellor’s Inauguration. The student projects will be awarded grants of as much as $1,500 to fund the completion of their projects.
This award has been just the time of encouragement Style Lottery needs. I have been hosting closet swaps for quite a few years now. It’s been a lot of work to coordinate, but they’re always worth the “trouble.” Cheers to bigger and better swaps in the future! Following the presentation, I ended up in the Daily Orange newspaper:
Ever since I started my nonprofit organization, Style Lottery, I have been thinking about the role of fashion/apparel brands play in philanthropy. To be honest, when the marketing team at Warby Parker approached me about doing a post about their new sunglasses my first thought was to decline. Yea, they are a super chic glasses company but what made them different than the other brands?
I headed over to their site to check out their merchandise. Their website is a beautifully designed blog. I kept scrolling down their page, looking at their gorgeous layout and design. I stumbled on their new sunglasses line called the SPECTRUM Sun Collection:
I love the look of the frames from Warby Parker. I can spot them from a mile away. They’re so unique and have a classic retro feel to them. My current prescription glasses fit into this style of frames. I especially like the DEAN English Oak and the DOWNING Striped Sassafras.
Warby Parker has a Try-On methods. A guy I met last week told me he’s taken advantage of the Home Try-On option and had worn different frames for every day of class. I would love this option. I like changing things up. But it wasn’t even these hipsteresque frames or even the Try-on options that sold me on this company. It was their Do Good efforts. For as many times as I’ve seen these glasses and admired them, I never realized how much philanthropy Warby Parker was doing for people around the world.
Warby Parker has a “buy a pair, give a pair” system, much like that of TOMs shoes:
I have started realizing that impacting the world through fashion may require me to buy more expensive items in order to do more good. I have bought two pairs of TOMs shoes, not just because of the aesthetic but because of the heart behind it. Some may criticize brands with this “buy one, give one” model but I would argue that these companies are addressing issues that would otherwise go unnoticed. At the very least, they are raising awareness. A few months ago, my church did a donation drive of old glasses to send to widows and orphans overseas. Prior to that moment, that issue wasn’t even on my radar. I’m attracted to the look of this brand and the heart behind it. I look forward to seeing more brands take up philanthropic causes.