The issue of immigration and refugee’s has been a main topic around the world. Many are fighting against immigrants and many are fighting to help them. One of the main aides in helping refugees is the fashion industry.

The fashion industry has had its low and high points regarding human rights around the world. Some lows being, sweatshops and pollution. Some of the highs being Luis Vuitton partnering up with UNICEF to gain donations for Syrian refugees.

Louis Vuitton released the special edition Make A Promise jewelry that benefits UNICEF with a donation made for every purchased.

Claudia Martinuzzi, intellectual property manager for Internet enforcement of Louis Vuitton visited the settlement camps in Lebanon. Martinuzzi told about the impact the Syrian conflict has on children.

“They’re like children everywhere,” she explained. “They just want to play and be educated and someday return home.” All these children want are to learn and return and make Syria better.

Imran Amen, editor-in-chief of Business of Fashion told about the importance of the voices within the fashion industry as another form of support for the refugee’s.

“It can be easy to get caught up in our own little bubble, whether that’s a Trump bubble or a fashion bubble or whatever,” Amed said. “But it’s important to keep aware of what’s happening in other parts of the world and keep it a part of the conversation.”

Within the fashion industry, designers, models, editors and writers can make their voices heard through the art of fashion and within the industry.

Cara Delevingne traveled to Africa in partnership with Girl Up and UNHCR’s campaign to educate and aide thousands of refugee girls.

Gigi and Bella Hadid took to the streets of New York to protest Trump’s immigration ban.

Lisa Szarkowski, vice president of humanitarian emergencies and executive communications of UNICEF told of the need for volunteers in helping refugee’s in the U.S.

“Hire refugees, seek them out, befriend them,” she urged. “These kids… are the ones who have to come back and help rebuild their country,” she said. “If we don’t invest in them, then that’s not going to be a resource in the future.”


To donate, volunteer or find more information visit UNICEF’s Syrian refugee-focused programs visit their website.

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Editor for WaveLength Weekly, Journalism and English student at UNT, Harley Quinn, coffee and Sylvia Plath enthusiast.

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