October means Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And over the past several years, the fashion and beauty industries have gotten in on the effort by selling specialty products to help benefit research efforts. (Baltimore Sun video)
October means Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And over the past several years, the fashion and beauty industries have gotten in on the effort by selling specialty products to help benefit research efforts.
With the items, which are not surprisingly awash in pink, the companies have pledged certain portions of sales to breast cancer awareness efforts. For example, Maryland's Route One Apparel is donating profits to Leslie's Week, an Annapolis-based nonprofit that provides vacations for Stage 4 metastic breast cancer patients and their families.
Here is some of the merchandise being sold this month.
Danielle Nicole sale
Danielle Nicole, which was founded by Ellicott City native Danielle DiFerdinando, will host a cancer awareness sale on Danielle-Nicole.com for its leather bags from Oct. 24-26. (The sale does not apply to the designer's Disney collection.) Fifteen percent of all sales during this time will go to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.
Pink Maryland full flag shades
Fifteen percent of the sales from these $15.99 sunglasses by Maryland-based Route One Apparel (routeoneapparel.com) will go to Leslie's Week.
Crab and Maryland flag ribbon pink scarf
Fifteen percent of the sales of this $25 scarf from Maryland-based Route One Apparel (routeoneapparel.com) will go to Leslie's Week.
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Ann Taylor stores nationwide will feature free sips and snacks as well as pink-themed gifts while customers shop. Ann Taylor will donate 10 percent of all in-store and online purchases during that time to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Layered stone necklace
LOFT has launched a limited-edition jewelry collection that features this $39.50 layered stone necklace. Sixty percent of the price from each item sold will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation until Nov. 15.
S'well water bottle
This S'well water bottle designed by artist Donald Robertson is titled "Karma in Bloom" and will be available at Bloomingdale's stores and online for $35, with $19 from each sale donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
LUXE by Carmen Marc Valvo dress
This black and pink garment, which is made exclusively by designer Carmen Marc Valvo for Dressbarn, comes in sizes 2-24 and sells for $59-$64. Fifty percent of sales from the dress will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Additionally, during October, customers can make donations of $1 or more at checkout. Dressbarn will make a donation up to $50,000, and 100 percent of customer donations at checkout (in-store only) will also go to the foundation.
Reversible bomber jacket
The reversible bomber jacket in a Milky Way Storm print or black in woven four-way stretch by Danskin sells for $50 at danskin.com. Danskin is donating $10,000 this year to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. That donation is not contingent upon sales.
Kendra Scott nail lacquer
This nail polish by designer Kendra Scott is inspired by light pink drusy stone and perfect for a night out. The $16 nail lacquer is sold at Kendra Scott stores and at kendrascott.com. Kendra Scott will donate 20 percent of sales of the polish — up to $50,000 —during October to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Polly earrings in pink
These Polly earrings in pink by designer Mignonne Gavigan are made of real feathers and perfect for turning heads on a night out. No wonder Gavigan has celebrity fans who include Nina Dobrev, Zendaya, Jessica Biel, Lupita Nyong'o, Sophia Bush and Zosia Mamet. Fifteen percent of net sales of the $195 earrings during October will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
This Movado BOLD watch has a 36 mm rose gold ion-plated stainless-steel case, rose gold-toned sunray dial with a clear crystal-set dot and rose gold-toned hands. The watch is also water resistant to 30 meters. Movado will donate $50 from each $695 watch sold during October at movado.com and at fine retailer locations to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Alex and Ani Spiral Sun charm
The popular jewelry designer has created this Spiral Sun charm that sells for $38 at Alex and Ani retail locations, alexandani.com, and authorized retailers. Twenty percent of sales of the charm — with a minimum donation of $25,000 — through the end of the year will go to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.
Isamar in dusty blush
ShoeDazzle is donating 100 percent of the net proceeds from this $39.95 suede heel to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation during October at shoedazzle.com.