The Summer Scarf that Gives Back
Lalela's on-trend accessory benefits arts education in Africa and areas closer to home.
Thanks to the perpetually pumped-up air conditioning in Manhattan office buildings, my go-to accessory during warm-weather months is a lightweight, versatile scarf with a bit of color and an abstract pattern. This season, that scarf comes from the Lalela Project, a foundation that provides arts education to grade-school kids all over the world: from South African townships and rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal to Hunts Point in the South Bronx. What's more, the designs—printed on a supersoft modal-cashmere blend or 100 percent cotton—are created by children and artists from the communities themselves. All proceeds go directly to Lalela's educational programs.
The Nina Girl scarf, seen above, is based on original art by nine-year-old students Esethu and Nonopha, from a township in South Africa's Western Cape. Other designs include the landscape-based Sentinel and the evocative Trees, created by a student named Sanele who dreams of becoming a social worker. Supporting the goals of these inspiring kids halfway around the world and close to home: what better reason to wear a scarf around your shoulders this summer?