Brands have offered up shoes, tees, jewelry, even lip tattoos, donating a portion of proceeds to breast-cancer-related charities this month. Here's a selection, available locally and online. And whaddya know? It's not all pink.
Salon Blue in Mineola thinks pink with Snappies, clip-on pink hair extensions, $12.50 per piece, and Snappies will donate a portion of proceeds to breast cancer research (and Salon Blue puts them in for free); call 516-248-BLUE or go to visitblue.com.
Estée Lauder helped create the pink ribbon campaign and donates to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation a portion of proceeds from a number of products, including this compact (with one blue crystal to remind us of the 1 percent of breast cancer cases in men); $55 at Estée Lauder counters and esteelauder.com through December.
Jennifer Hudson wears Elie Tahari's special Key to the Cure tee, $35, and all proceeds benefit the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Women's Cancer Research Fund; at Saks Fifth Avenue and Off 5th stores, and saks.com. (Saks also donates a portion of proceeds from other items on its "charity shopping weekend," Oct. 20 to 23.)
H&M has produced an eight-piece lingerie line, including at sweet rose-print kimono, $19.95, bra, $9.95, and briefs, $4.95, and 25 percent of proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks--or give to ACS directly using H&M's donation boxes; at H&M stores.
Ralph Lauren once again does his part, donating 10 percent of proceeds from his annual Pink Pony collection (polos, tees and more, $45 and up), plus 100 percent of sales of this luxe "Ricky" bag lined in pink, $3,750; at Polo Ralph Lauren stores and ralphlauren.com.
The Anna Sui Celebrates Hanky Panky collection lets loose with seven styles, including a purpley-print babydoll, $90, camisole, $67, and boy short, $38, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, a charitable initiative of the Council of Fashion Designers of America; look for the line at select department stores, and at hankypanky.com, saks.com, bloomingdales.com, nordstrom.com and barenecessities.com.
Throughout October, Beyond Yoga will donate 25 percent of all proceeds from its "Pretty in Pink" capsule collection -- which includes this zip-front jacket, $99 -- to Making Strides for Breast Cancer Awareness; at beyondyoga.com.
BCBGMaxAzria and Hauppauge-based ClearVision Optical created these special "Strength" sunglasses, $89, offering 20 percent of sales between now and August, 2012 (or a minimum donation of $25,000), to Susan G. Komen for the Cure; at select optical shops or bcbg.com.
Ron White's Signature Robin Peep-Toe Pump, $495, comes in cashmere suede and features NASA-created PORON cushioning, so you can feel as comfy as you do charitable ($100 from each purchase this month benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation); at select Lord & Taylor stores.
Juicy Couture offers a limited-edition pink lace cotton tee, $118, and for each tee sold in October, the brand will donate $25 (or a minimum donation of $5,000) to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; at select Juicy Couture stores.
Nubian Heritage does its share -- and more -- with this Goat's Milk and Chai Infused Shea Butter, $12, using shea butter purchased from a fair trade co-op in Liberia that supports a girl's school the company helped build -- and this month $2 from every purchase will go to the Tigerlily Foundation, a group founded by a breast cancer survivor and dedicated to teaching young women around the world about the disease; at Vitamin Shoppe locations (including Massapequa, Oceanside and Huntington Station); and vitaminshoppe.com.
Makeup artist and breast cancer survivor Sonia Kashuk has designed this Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purse Brush Set, $14.99 -- purchase it anytime from now through August, 2012, and 15 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; at Target stores and target.com.
Sephora has created four exclusive items for Breast Cancer Awareness Month--a Sephora Collection Pop Up Hair Brush, $8, Color Flip Palette, $15, Brush Set, $60, and this Pink Eyelash Curler, $16--and $1 from the sale of each benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; at Sephora stores (call 877-SEPHORA) or sephora.com.
Kate Middleton was spotted shopping soon after her wedding while wearing this Minnie Rose Cashmere Ruffle Shawl, $319, so why not follow her lead? Except you can do her one better--grab it in this exclusive sea shell pink shade (or their pink cashmere duster, $196) anytime this October and the company will donate 10 percent of proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; at minnierose.myshopify.com.
Ecco has partnered with The Walking Company in an effort to raise more than $200,000 with their "Walking for Hope" campaign to fight breast cancer. This month a portion of proceeds from sales of Ecco's limited-edition Biom Train shoes, $145, part of their line of natural motion footwear, will benefit City of Hope and the National Breast Cancer Foundation; at The Walking Company stores (including Huntington Station and Garden City) and thewalkingcompany.com.
Christina Applegate designed a limited-edition line of greeting cards and thank you notes for Tiny Prints, $1.99 to $3.99 per card, and a portion of proceeds benefits the star's Right Action for Women charity; at tinyprints.com
Browse 90,000-plus pairs of designer shoes (Via Spiga, DKNY and more -- all half off) on "FFANY Shoes on Sale," on QVC, Saturday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Pink's not the only supportive shade -- buy any of C by Bloomingdale's cashmere blend sweaters this month, $165, and $10 goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; at Bloomingdale's stores.
Rev into action with the Fiat 500 Pink Ribbon Edition, $22,000 -- there are just 250 models, with pink-accent stitching on leather seats. Fiat donates $1,000 per purchase this month to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, giving a minimum of $50,000; at Star Fiat, Queens Village; Giuffre Fiat, Brooklyn; and Fiat of Manhattan; or fiatusaofmanhattan.com.
Fergie Footwear's limited-edition Awareness shoe, $79, brings glittery attention to the cause, while parent company Brown Shoe is donating $20,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure; available at fergieshoes.com.
Designer and breast cancer survivor Betsey Johnson donates all proceeds from her Target Logo panties, $12, to the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative; at Betsey Johnson stores in Garden City, Deer Park, Manhattan; and betseyjohnson.com.
Swedish designer Efva Attling, inspired by that Latin phrase "seize the day," donates half this month's proceeds from her bracelet, $135, to Mount Sinai Medical Center's Dubin Breast Center; at efvaattling.com.
A portion of proceeds from the Give Hope collection, with its butterfly-print tee, keychain, tote and this "Hope" necklace, $68, benefits the Living Beyond Breast Cancer organization; at White House Black Market shops and whbm.com.
Lacoste Home will donate 10 percent of sales from the "Pink Croc Collection," including this plush cotton beach towel, $55, to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; at Lacoste shops in Manhasset, East Hampton, Manhattan; and lacoste.com.
Alternative Apparel offers a super-soft (as always) Pink Ribbon Collection of women's tees, tanks, dresses and this zip hoodie, $42; at Urban Outfitters stores and urbanoutfitters.com (the chain has pledged to donate $60,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure); or find it at alternativeapparel.com (where 10 percent of purchases from the Pink Ribbon line benefit Komen through the end of 2011).
Dr. Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, a radiation oncologist, knows firsthand how lousy a hospital stay can be -- she has a strong family history of breast cancer, so underwent two prophylactic mastectomies to reduce her risk. She realized a well-stocked overnight bag makes all the difference. Her new BFFL (Best Friends for Life) bag line includes this hospital overnight bag, filled with SkinCeuticals products (cleanser, Hydrating B5 gel and more) plus a heart-shaped "Axilla Pilla" that fits under arm for a comfy recovery, $99.99 (15 percent of net profits go to the Cancer Resource Foundation); at bfflco.com.