Biden debuts clothing line with Gilt

The daughter of one of the most famous couples in the United States — former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden — Ashley Biden is following in her parents footsteps and using her own talents to help others.

According to Teen Vogue, Biden launched a clothing line called “Livelihood” with online retailer, Gilt, that aims to merge everyday fashion with philanthropy. The line lives up to the ‘hood’ part of its name, consisting solely of hooded sweatshirts for men, women and children.

But providing comfortable hoodies isn’t the only purpose of Livelihood — the initiative’s website says that 100 percent of the proceeds will “be deported on a quarterly bases into a community foundation to be accessed by residence in two under-resourced neighborhoods throughout the country.”

The first of those communities to receive such funding will be Anacostia, D.C. and Wilmington, D.E., two areas Teen Vogue says are close to Biden: the former was where she was first posted as a social worker and the latter was where she was born. With the proceeds from her line, Biden told Teen Vogue that she hopes communities can choose the projects they want to pursue:

“‘I want a janitor, a school teacher, the local pastor, whomever is involved in the community to sit at the table and to pick the projects for economic development,’ she tells Teen Vogue. Economic development could mean anything from ‘education, community centers, literacy programs, tutoring, or workforce development,’ she adds.

Teen Vogue  also reports that Livelihood will have an “interactive website,” where visitors can “learn about models of change that work to reduce poverty in all areas of the country.”

Ready to contribute to the ‘livelihood’ of communities around the country? Livelihood’s sweatshirts cost between $79 and $99, and are available on Gilt.

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