I’m sure all of us already heard a lot of organizations doing or offering something for a good cause. There was a brand of handbags that vowed to donate a portion of their bag sales to the charity that the color of the bag represents. And of course, I’m sure most of us have also heard of associations of young artists and designers that provide those young people a platform to showcase their work and gain exposure. Well, both of that could describe The Young Designers Collective.

Youth Designers Collective

The Young Designers Collective is an association of artists and designers based in New York City, who design for non-profit organizations to promote good will as well as gain exposure individually and for the cause, they are working towards. Sponsored by SI Design and Consulting Inc, they provide young designers a platform that would have otherwise been difficult to build and gain recognition with on their own.

YDC connects their designers to non-profit organizations. Both benefit from the high-quality products designed to produce revenue for the organization and promote the designer’s name into a new or national market. With philanthropy and fashion hand in hand, they hope to further charitable works as well as bring new talent to light sooner than ever before.

They have a free exchange of ideas and talents, thereby fostering the growth of artists and art in commercial design. They also want to bring appreciation back to the artist behind the designer, to quality or handmade products, and to a more sustainable future.

In their recent donation to the Heart and Soul Charitable Fund, which was presented at their annual gala auction at Christie’s Auction House and auctioned at Charity Buzz, YDC demonstrates their commitment to philanthropy and the part that art and design can play in facilitating a cause.

Young Designers Collective

Wedding dress YDC

Young Designers Collective dress

ydc orange dress

You could see the rest of the “Designs for Giving” collection from YDC’s catalog here.

What’s next for YDC?

Their next project is a line of teen active wear and accessories for the Navigators USA, a national youth service organization started in Harlem in response to the discriminatory practices of the Boy Scouts of America. They plan to launch the line this fall for release in spring 2014. And they are also open for more projects and charitable endeavors.