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Kendra Scott at MADI Apparel! June 03, 2016 17:11

We invite everyone to join us Saturday June 11th from 12 to 3 p.m. at our KC flagship store at 1659 Summit, KCMO.  We're hosting a special gifting themed Pop-Up featuring Kendra Scott, Ocean and Sea, Indigo Wild and of course, MADI Apparel for this month's Second Saturdaze in the Westside!

MADI Apparel at 1659 Summit
Indigo Wild's "Zum Bar"- Photo: Amazon.com
Ocean and Sea Tee- Photo: oceanandsea.com
Kendra Scott Earrings- Photo: kendrascott.com
Enjoy complimentary mimosas + Thou Mayest coffee + Kendra Scott raffle!

- Bring + sign in two friends AND/OR purchase any MADI item and your name will be entered into raffle to win one of 3 Kendra Scott jewelry pieces!
- 20% of Kendra Scott sales will benefit MADI's next international drop-off in Ecuador late June
- Specials by local brands Indigo Wild and Ocean and Sea

Want to come early for more Saturday fun?  We are having our second Pilates class at MADI with Thrive Pilates at 10 a.m.  Then head next door to Westside Local and recieve 15% off your brunch (with purchase of Pilates ticket)!

We hope to see you all for some mimosas, coffee and shopping!
Here are some pictures from past events at our store:

Panama Drop-Off Donation! May 03, 2016 14:53

Executive Director of our non-profit arm MADI Donations - Lindsey - was on a MADI underwear drop-off in Panama in early April!  Here's an update on our mission and partnership in Panama:
Lindsey saw a great need throughout Panama and the comarca home to the Ngobe Bugle Tribe - for women's underwear. It's a luxury item most western women take for granted. 
MADI Donations partnered with companies 4Love (a clothing company that focuses on women empowering women) and Sowing Seeds of Love (a non-profit Lindsay started in Panama that empowers indigenous women, children and orphans through education, team sports and teaching different trade skills.)  Lindsey has established great credibility within these communities as she has been living and empowering these individuals for 4+ years. She knew exactly where to travel to bring these amazing undies to women!  
The donation drop-off consisted of a 2+ hour drive into the comarca followed by a two hour hike up the mountains to distribute undies. They were blessed with passing out 120 pairs in the comarca. With each pair of underwear, the drop-off team also added a note letting the women know they are beautiful and loved. At first, the women were a bit timid and smirked about the undies but when Lindsey talked to them, made jokes and let the women choose the style of undies they liked the best, the whole donation drop-off team watched these women light up!  Love and joy filled the air.
 
MADI undies were also distributed to teenage girls and workers at both orphanages (that our partnered organization Sowing Seeds of Love supports) as well as to all the women of 4Love, their daughters, sisters, sister in laws, aunts, etc..! 
This was Lindsey's first donation drop-off since she became part of our team as Executive Director in February!  In her words "I can't wait to see what the future has in store for MADI Donations and the trips we will embark on to provide women with the joy of undies!"  
Two extra fun facts: 
The women couldn't believe the underwear was made out of Bamboo, they were fascinated by that. 
They loved the black briefs (The Bonnie style) and black lace pairs (The Kaydee style).

Join Us For Our Pop-Up Pilates Collaboration! April 19, 2016 19:50

Join Thrive Pilates & Movement Studio for a series of Pop-Up Pilates with MADI at Thrive Pilates & Movement Studio! ALL proceeds from this event will be used for MADI to donate underwear to sexual assault survivors in Kansas City & MADI will be giving a way a FREE sleep top to one lucky winner!
The first class is this Sunday, April 24th from 8pm to 9pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door! Please bring your own mat and water. To pre-enroll go to thrivepilateskc.com.


April 24 Pillow Pilates 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join us for an evening Pilates practice to prepare your mind and body for a great night's sleep. Each participant will receive one luxurious, bamboo MADI Apparel sleep top and MADI's non-profit will donate a pair of underwear to a woman in repair.

June 11 Panty Pilates 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This class will be designed for the female body. Lauren Thompson, owner of Thrive Pilates, has specialized training in working with women's fitness and will utilize her knowledge to develop a series that strengthens and lengthens in unique ways that are healthful for the female body. Each participant will receive a pair of fast-wicking, soft bamboo MADI undies, which happen to be perfect for a pilates workout! MADI's non-profit will also donate a pair of underwear to a woman in repair. Additionally, guests will receive a discount on brunch for June 11th at Westside Local.

Want to attend both classes? Get the 'Complete Set' for a discounted rate of $27.
We can't wait to see you there!

MADI Takes a Road Trip! March 03, 2016 16:33

We're hitting the road this weekend and could USE YOUR HELP!
We're traveling from KC -> OKC -> Austin -> Houston -> Fayetteville THIS THURSDAY - TUESDAY for 2 reasons:
1.  We're distributing 300 pairs of MADI underwear donations to four women's organizations we've partnered with in each city!
2.  But -- in order to continue donating to these organizations on a regular basis (after this weekend) - we must develop a sustainable buy1give1 model in these cities.  If we find a retail boutique to sell MADI Apparel in, in each of these cities, for all MADI intimates sold in that boutique, we will donate a pair of underwear LOCALLY in that city.
 
Here's how YOU - our MADI friends/supporters - can help: 
We can use your help in finding local boutiques to sell our impactful intimates.  For all MADI intimates sold at any retail boutique, a pair of underwear will be donated back to that local community!  We love keeping MADI donations local and sustainable in that city!  
Here is where we're donating:
Thursday, March 3rd Oklahoma City, OK
MADI Donations (our 501c3) will donate 50 pairs of new underwear  to YWCA of OKC
About YWCA: Operate the only DV Shelter in Oklahoma County as well as the only Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program in OK county 
Friday, March 4th- Austin 
MADI Donations (our 501c3) will donate 150 pairs of new underwear to SafePlace Austin
About SafePlace:  Provides Safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence; helps victims in their Healing so they can move beyond being defined by the crimes committed against them.
We'll be donating underwear mainly to to Eloise House - on site sexual assault clinic where survivors can come for a forensic exam for free.  
Monday, March 7th-Houston
MADI Donations (our 501c3) will donate 50 pairs of new underwear to Star of Hope.
About Star of Hope: Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children. 
We will also donate 50 pairs of new underwear to The Women's Home (our second donation drop-off to this org.)
About The Women's Home:  Programs specifically target women who are homeless or vulnerable to homelessness, many of whom have histories of addiction, mental illness or both
Tuesday, March 8th- We'll be dropping through Fayetteville and would love any boutique recommendations here as well!
If you have a contact or frequently shop at a boutique interested in distributing our cause based underwear brand, please forward this email along or contact: madiapparel@gmail.com
If you are interested in learning about our current retailer outlets, click here: http://www.madiapparel.com/pages/find-a-retailer 
Some of our team last year mailing new underwear to The Women's Home in Houston, TX.  We are very excited to be going in-person this time to meet the staff and learn more about their wonderful resources/organization!

Girls Night Out to Support Lazarus Ministries January 19, 2016 13:17

We recently held an event where we partnered with the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri that we called "Girls Night Out" to support Lazarus Ministries. It was a night of shopping with complimentary wine and appetizers at MADI Apparel. 15% of all sales went to support Lazarus Ministries at Historic Grand Avenue Temple and for each pair of underwear purchased a pair was donated to a woman in need as always!
Lazarus Ministries is an organization that strives "to offer unlimited compassion while providing for the unmet needs of Kansas City’s urban core through a volunteer program which allows an opportunity for interpreting service as an expression of faith." To learn more about Lazarus Ministries click here!
Founder Hayley was also featured on KCWE as well as KMBC 9 News speaking about the event!

 
Here are some other pictures from the event!
Stay tuned for posts about more fun events like this one!

Grande Ivory Affair September 16, 2015 21:22

On July 11th MADI Apparel held the Grande Ivory Affair celebrating the launch of our second color option, ivory! The event was a blast with music, drinks, appetizers and lots of panty shopping!

 

We have had many customers requesting ivory for bridal and bachelorette gifts and it really made perfect sense for us to offer it because MADI Apparel is focused on three words: simple, elegant and powerful. We want our colors and designs to reflect those three words, and now with the addition of ivory to our color options we believe we are! 

If you want to join in on the next MADI Apparel event, save the date for our Oct 24th fundraiser!  All funds raised will be considered "charitable contributions" and will help us in various ways like traveling to our partnered donation recipients across the US and globe, spreading awareness through PSAs (video production) and other advertisements. For more information, keep tabs on our social media and visit our non-profit website, www.MADIdonations.com!

Real Donation Story September 08, 2015 22:56

Our founder Hayley and Molly, the East Coast Distribution Lead, were presented the opportunity to travel to California and meet a domestic abuse survivor in the fall of 2014. The survivor had read about MADI’s buy one give one program and reached out to Hayley to see if she would donate underwear to her and her daughter.

Instead of just sending her underwear, Hayley and Molly decided to take the opportunity to fly from Florida to California to meet this awesome survivor. Hayley and Molly didn't know what to expect, whether or not the survivor would actually show up to meet them after they'd traveled from Florida to California to meet her in person.

Immediately upon meeting the three embraced. 


The survivor started sharing her story, including journal entries she had written along the way - years of abuse and 17 years of constant running from her abuser.

 

Hayley, Molly and the survivor still keep in touch, and MADI Apparel even sent her and her and her daughter a few more pairs of underwear on Mother’s Day!

Hayley and Molly said that they will forever carry with them the story of this determined and strong-willed survivor. And, after watching the video yourself, you will too. If you haven’t had a chance to head over to our donations page and watch the story about the real donation, you definitely must! For more information and pictures taken at other underwear donation drop-offs, click here: http://www.madiapparel.com/pages/donations-1.


More Than Just Underwear September 08, 2015 22:52

A women’s shelter at its most basic function is a safe zone. It is a place where women and children who are survivors of abuse can go in their time of need. The women in these shelters have often suffered from some form of domestic abuse and even rape. Women’s Shelters provide safety, shelter, a place to sleep, food and often times clothing for those seeking its comforts.

^^ Team MADI donating new, clean undies to Hope House in Kansas City

Women flee their homes and escape abusive partners sometimes carrying nothing. During their stay at the shelter, if they don’t have everything they need to feel comfortable (like underwear, for example) they may feel the urge to leave the shelter and go back home to pack a bag of necessities. It is then, 9 times out of 10, that their abusers are at the home waiting for them-this is when the most abuse occurs, often leading to death. We want to ensure these women are comfortable on their road to recovery with all of the necessities-including underwear and that they don’t feel the need to go home.

^^ Donating MADI undies with the staff of Family Services of Tulare County

All of the clothing available at a shelter comes from donations. However, underwear can only be donated if it is new and unused, but we don’t all think to go out and buy a new package of underwear to put in our donation pile. This is what has lead to underwear being the most needed and yet most under donated item in the shelters. MADI Apparel has not only taken a step towards solving this issue, by donating underwear, but we are donating underwear that can empower these women. Underwear is a woman’s most intimate article of clothing—it could be hard to start a new life without even your most simple, intimate clothing. And as we here at MADI like to say, “its not just underwear, its dignity.” At the end of the day, we want these women to build themselves back up and feel confident again. And we can do that, even with a pair of underwear. To help now, purchase a pair for yourself and a pair will be donated at http://www.madiapparel.com/collections/all.