While interning for various fashion brands and designers, Amanda Munz noticed a trend: brands were consistently discarding unused merchandise samples. All the excess merchandise lying around inspired her to launch The Fashion Foundation, an organization dedicated to selling excess designer samples to fund school supplies for New York schools.
Amanda’s vision began in a home basement with a single clothing rack and has grown to re-use more than 150,000 pounds of designer merchandise, benefiting 16,000 local school children in need. Each year, it provides school children with school supplies, art projects, clean clothes, winter essentials, holiday gifts and more. Thanks to proceeds raised, The Fashion Foundation has also helped build an elementary school library in Brooklyn, a school playground in Harlem, and an Arts & Theatre program for a high school. As the organization grows, it will take on large-scale, everlasting initiatives that enable children to utilize these resources for years to come.
It means so much to be a L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Honoree because it signifies their belief in our vision. This recognition gives me a boost of confidence to keep doing what I’m doing, and it’s further affirmation that collectively, we can all make a difference in the world.