Michelle Obama gets a lot of attention for her terrific sense of style, from wearing a bold shade of marigold at the State of the Union to rocking a gown designed by Lady Gaga‘s BFF and fashion newcomer Brandon Maxwell at the state dinner. But the FLOTUS isn’t just a fashion plate, she’s also a philanthropist, and on the heels of her latest magazine cover for InStyle‘s October issue, she’s managed to combine both of those passions into a project that’s also going to benefit your own accessory collection.
To celebrate her appearance on the magazine’s second fall issue, Michelle Obama teamed up with InStyle to select a handful of American designers to design a line of limited-edition tote bags, the sales of which will go to benefit the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund. The fund is an initiative launched by the First Lady and President to help adolescent girls around the world attend school since more than 62 million girls are currently not in classrooms due to physical, cultural, or financial barriers.
Each designer involved in this project chose one of the countries where Let Girls Learn is working to provide education to young women who need it, and let that country’s culture inspire his or her design. Carolina Herrera, for example, chose Peru, using the outline of the country as a motif in her design, while Prabal Gurung’s bag is meant to represent South Africa.
Other designers involved will include DKNY, Jason Wu, Tanya Taylor, Narciso Rodriguez, and Diane Von Furstenberg. The collection will go on sale exclusively at shop.InStyle.com on October 10th, with pre-orders beginning on September 12th. Prices will start at $52 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Let Girls Learn. A new bag that not only helps put young girls around the world through school but also freshens up your fall wardrobe — do you really need another reason for a little back to school shopping spree?
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