Creatives are a fickle type, and they’re not without their convictions. Fashion—high fashion in particular—is of a breed of its own, and rightfully so. The market is one in which exclusivity is a core component, a give-and-take in which widespread distribution carries with it a certain risk of guilt by association. Even philanthropic efforts had, until recently, their own political complexity, requiring that givers keep an eye on both the cause and the community behind it.
Fashion Girls for Humanity has made significant strides in overcoming this complexity, creating a remarkable track record in the process. Founded in the wake of the 2011 earthquake in east Japan by four fashion executives—Kikka Hanazawa, Tomoko Ogura, Julie Gilhart, and Miki Higasa—Fashion Girls for Humanity has become the rallying point for philanthropic efforts in the industry, raising millions for various causes along the way. As curatorial as they are effective, the team stands as the center point around which a global network of fashion-industry professionals gather to use their abilities for social good.