I recently discovered a designer whose attire I find irresistible—as I suspect it is (or will be) for many an active, trendy, and socially conscious traveler. Alp-n-Rock’s tees are chic, original, and eco-friendly (made in California from organic cotton and recycled materials); more importantly, they directly contribute to a wonderful philanthropic effort.
By purchasing an Alp-n-Rock shirt (which range from $85-$260), you’re helping to send a child to school. The apparel company donates 10% of its profits to Room to Read, an organization that finances education for girls in developing countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Zambia). Room to Read has already sent 4 million children to school and built 10,000 libraries; Alp-n-Rock founder Susanne Reich’s personal ambition is to give 1,000 girls an education using her brand’s proceeds.
With an edgy aesthetic that puts the “rock” in its name, Alp-n-Rock’s tees combine European glamour with California cool in order to produce a worldly and wearable blend. Did I mention that they’re reversible?! The only catch: since the company prides itself on fine detailing and uniqueness, each of its designs is made in a limited quantity—and may sell out at lightning speed.
Snag one at alpnrock.com, gorsuch.com, or colesport.com. While most of the Fall 2010 collection is sold out online, submit an inquiry to the website and you’ll be directed to a store near you.
Hannah Hickok is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.