No Ordinary Suit has partnered with Womankind!

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I don’t know about you but every time I buy something I feel that little pang of guilt that I have enough money to spend on luxury items such as clothes and handbags. And not to forget, shoes! Sure, I give to charities but still, I never feel that it’s enough and I really believe that I’m not the only one. That’s why, when I founded No Ordinary Suit together with my business partners, the thought of including a donation in every purchase felt like a great idea! That’s when I started looking at charities to work with. I wanted it to be relevant to what we do, an organisation that helps and empowers women, possibly something with education or a charity that gives women a voice. I came across Womankind and immediately I realised what a good fit this was. So I thought I’d share some information about this amazing organisation.womankind_logo_cmykEvery day women and girls around the world face discrimination, poverty and violence just because they are female. Womankind is working to change that.

In the last 27 years, Womankind has helped more than 18 million women and their families to transform their lives and communities by working in partnership with women’s rights organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Womankind’s is guided by its partners and what they want to change. In supporting them Womankind aims to:

  • End violence against women and girls
  • Make sure women have an equal say
  • Support women to secure their own livelihoods

Together we create lasting change

For individuals – by providing practical support, training and information to help women claim their rights.

For communities – by changing attitudes and supporting women to speak out together and act collectively.

The big picture – by campaigning nationally and internationally for governments, agencies and donors to promote and protect women’s rights.

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No Ordinary Suit was inspired by me (Helena), who as a full-time employee found it challenging and time-consuming to trawl the internet to find pieces to wear that wasn’t too far away from my personal style. I was looking for items that made me feel confident and well dressed for meetings, pitches and presentations without having to wear a "uniform" and at the same time, feel comfortable enough to wear in a fairly relaxed office environment or going out in after work. The internet is full of "super stores" with tons of stock where you can find anything under the sun, and as quite a particular shopper, I feel that it gets very confusing. More often than not, even though I really need something, I end up not buying anything at all which ultimately means - I have nothing ton wear! I decided to go on a hunt and find items that would be great for the office but with an attitude, be that edgy, sassy, romantic or cheeky. I'd put the relevant pieces in an online retail store, where professional women, corporate or creative, can find apparel that is as stylish and interesting as it is professional. It should be fun and easy to find suitable clothes for the office that make women feel confident and individual. We have chosen a handful of brands and designers to feature on NoOrdinarySuit based on the novelties that they have brought to fashion and their uniqueness. The garments we present are special in themselves and will perform even better for you when paired with other pieces in this website chosen according to your own taste. NoOrdinarySuit is owned and ran by Scandis and as natural born tree huggers, it is essential that our partners comply with our high standards when it comes to ethical trading and sustainability. So far they have exceeded our expectations and as a customer, you can rest assured that the selection of brands very much supports us in our causes. We also wish to make a tangible and direct difference to women less fortunate than us and as such, we have decided to share part of our earnings and efforts with WOMANKIND. This is an international organisation for women’s rights working to support women and girls to improve their lives and communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. They work to tackle issues that affect women’s lives and strive to empower women, providing a fair world where being a woman does not limit choices, opportunities or rights. Furthermore, NoOrdinarySuit is a small, family ran, independent retailer supporting young designers and up and coming brands, mainly from Scandinavia. We are not part of any mega system and the experience with us should be personal and friendly as well as effective and honest.