Suzanne McKenzie, former art director of MOMA, is the founder of a great new retail site called Able Made. The site allows shoppers to give back to charity while shopping exclusive limited edition products from some of the hottest designers around. Currently, the site is featuring collaborations with Threadless, Lauren Bush's Lauren's Feed Foundation, Public School, and Project Runway Season 9 winner, Anya Ayoung Chee. Proceeds from every product sold on the site directly benefit organizations selected by the designers, including VH1's Save the Music Foundation, CFDA Foundation, and Pencils of Promise. I got the chance to speak with Suzanne all about this fabulous new shopping site.
Suzanne came up with the idea to create a platform that would help multiple organizations. Each designer chooses a cause that they care about, making the opportunity exciting for the designer, as well. For example, Anya is designing a scarf that will benefit her mother's foundation, the Tallman Foundation, which is a cause close to her heart. When asked what it's been like to work with big designers, Suzanne said, "So amazing. I've been a fan of some of the designers, like Anya and Public School and at the Tori Burch Foundation event I was introduced to The Brave Collection, and through various introductions I've been able to connect with some amazing designers."
If there's one thing people should take away from Able Made, it's that it is a company that wants the community to be involved and get inspired to take action. The site is not just about products and retail, but also about creating events and opportunities for people to talk about these great causes. We are totally excited to start shopping on Able Made and can't wait to see what future collaborations are to come!