Fashion for a Cause: 5 Ways You Can Lend a Hand to Japan

Show your support for the nation with these charitable buys

With the recent tragic events in Japan, many artists and fashion designers have reached out to help the tsunami-ravaged nation. Here's how you can use your buying power to aid the relief efforts:

Kate Spade's Support Japan Totes
Carry this simple yet symbolic tote from the flirty label with pride. 100% of the sales will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society (pictured; $18 at select Kate Spade stores).

Polo Ralph Lauren's Japan Hope Polo Shirts
Available for both men and women, this limited-edition shirt features the iconic brand's embroidered pony, along with the Japanese flag and a message of "hope." 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the polo will be donated to the Central Community Chest of Japan, a part of the United Way network (pictured; $98 at select Ralph Lauren stores and RalphLauren.com).

Lady Gaga's Japan Earthquake Relief Wristband
Attention, Little Monsters! Show your support with the "We Pray For Japan" wristband, designed by Mama Monster herself. All proceeds from the sale will go directly to the relief efforts. Plus, you have the option to add an extra donation along with your purchase ($5 at LadyGaga.com).

Etsy's Love for Japan Shop
The crafty site has culled together a collection of donated handmade and vintage jewelry, housewares, stationary and more (pictured wool felt magnet set) to help raise money for the nation. 100% of the proceeds from the items will go to the Red Cross. If you're an "etsian," find out how you can contribute your goods at etsy.com.

Rebecca Minkoff's Japan Relief Handbags
Dish out some dough for one of the accessory designer's coveted hobos, satchels or clutches (in a fire-engine red shade), and $100 will be donated to the Red Cross (pictured; $295 to $495 at Rebecca Minkoff).

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