Justin Dillon and Amber Valletta Team Up to Bring Ethics to Fashion

July 6, 2015
Each day, more than 29 million people work to supply the fashion industry with materials such as rubber and cotton. While the items they produce are sold at cheaper price points, the companies buying their merchandise are paying a high price---they are supporting forced labor, and they might not even know it.

GUILD Speaker Justin Dillon wanted to shed light on the harsh conditions endured by victims of forced labor, many of whom are children or from third world countries. In order to do this, he founded Made In A Free World, a nonprofit that works to end forced labor, human trafficking, and modern-day slavery.

Now, Made In A Free World is joining forces with Amber Velleta, a model and environmentalist whose e-commerce site Master & Muse supports and promotes conscientious manufacturing. Justin and Amber's goal is to make people aware of the slavery often involved in supply chains and to encourage companies and consumers to avoid supporting the practice.

As a consumer, you have the ability to stop supporting forced labor. Ever wondered how many slaves work for you? The answer may surprise you. Find out your own slavery footprint


Yoobi x Usher

June 29, 2015
Over ninety-nine percent of all teachers buy essential classroom materials out of their own pocket, according to a study conducted by the National School Supply and Equipment Association. GUILD speaker Ido Leffler takes steps to solve this problem through Yoobi, the vibrant school supply company he founded that's sold exclusively at Target. For each Yoobi item purchased, Yoobi donates school supplies to a classroom in need in the United States.

Today, Yoobi announced the launch of a new collection, Yoobi X Usher. The limited edition items are curated by the R&B singer and feature designs by Jonni Cheatwood. Check out the collection & inspiring ad!

Patricia Arquette is Honored with Bulgari Award

June 23, 2015
This week  GUILD speaker Patricia Arquette, actress and humanitarian, was honored with the Bulgari Award for Best Actress of the Year at the 61st Taormina FilmFest.

The Bulgari Award is a symbol of the design house's commitment to cinema.


GUILD speaker Jon Batiste is Selected as an Honoree for the Mic50 List

June 12, 2015
This week GUILD speaker Jon Batiste, musician, educator, and humanitarian, was announced as an honoree for Mic's Mic50 list.

Mic was founded in 2011 by Chris Altchek and Jake Horowitz with the purpose of creating a news company for young people, whose perspectives were often left out from the media. Chris and Jake began developing a community of strong young voices from around the world and from there, Mic was born.

Mic 50 is a celebration of the next generation of impactful leaders, cultural influencers, and breakthrough innovators, such as Jon. 

Jon started playing drums at a young age and at age 11 he started playing the piano, which became his main instrument. After studying at Juilliard, Jon started his own band, Stay Human. As both a musician and the Artistic Director at Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Jon strives to reach his goal of creating social music — "strangers coming together to enjoy and experience sound." He believes in the power of music in uniting people, and, during his performances, he creates his famous love riots, in which the band goes into the audience or takes over the street they're performing in to bring everyone together through their music. Jon was recently chosen as the bandleader for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

We want to congratulate Jon for his hard work and for this great accomplishment!

The Proper Footing Makes All The Difference

June 4, 2015
Audi and TOMS, two companies that operate in different industries, yet claim to share the same "passion for progressive ideas and positive change," have joined forces to create a specially designed shoes with Audi's brand colors and logo.

The specially-designed shoes will be offered to new customers who purchase or lease a new or Certified pre-owned Audi vehicle during the Summer of Audi Sales Event.

Furthermore, TOMS will also give 55,000 pairs of new shoes to children in need through its "giving partners" program in the U.S.

 Click here to watch the campaign's commercial.


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