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Mother's Day gift guide: Ethical, sustainable, impactful May 6, 2019 18:28

A Mother's Day gift from MADI apparel is perfect for any mom who believes in sustainability, ethicality, and shopping locally. Your gift not only benefits your mom — it helps mother’s all over the world too. Here are some of the items MADI mom's recommend.

Spring Fling: Long weekend getaway in Kansas City March 29, 2019 18:09

Are you an out-of-towner, planning on spending a weekend in Kansas City? Or maybe you’re a local wanting a fun staycation. With its rich history in music and cuisine, plus the new wave of young millennials and big-city professionals, Kansas City has become a hot spot for travelers all across the nation. Don't underestimate this midwestern gem - Kansas City was even named National Geographic's Best Trips destinations of 2019!

This city is full of surprises, even for locals. We compiled a list of some of our favorite spots — from hidden gems to treasured classics — to create an itinerary for your weekend vacation in Kansas City.

Friday | Downtown Kansas City

Come in from your travels (or a long day at work) and book a room at the 21c hotel. The atmosphere of this hotel parallels its unique location between the modern Power & Light and the historic River Market. With a resident museum, this hotel also host events like Yoga With Art or guided tours you can take part of without leaving your hotel (or your bathrobe.)

For drinks, settle in at The Savoy at 21c. This contemporary bar offers a variety of drinks and amazing dishes, with an eclectic, artsy vibe. You can get a Miller High Life Pony (“like a fine Champagne,” according to the menu) for just $2, or a contemporary cocktail based on the theme-of-the-month, ranging from $10-$15.

Saturday | Crossroads Kansas City

From your hotel, walk to the Australian bakehouse and café Banskia for breakfast. Sip a cappuccino on the brick-walled patio or grab a Bloody Mary and people watch out the enormous windows. If you still need a caffeine kick, or just want to check out a local favorite, visit Messenger Coffee. This coffee shop is housed in a 100-year-old, fully renovated three-story building. You can view the bakery in action or take in a 360-view of downtown from the rooftop patio.

From there, take the (free) Kansas City Streetcar and head to the City Market at River Market, where you can spend hours here perusing the offerings, snacking on local favorites and meeting new people. A local favorite is the colorful flower bouquets for $10. Grab lunch here or take the streetcar back to the Crossroads and hit up Howard’s Café. This part grocery store/part café is simple, it’s charming, and it’s absolutely delicious — you’ll feel like a real local here.

If you’re in town for the first Friday of the month, stay in the Crossroads District for the night. You can grab a delicious, creative dinner at the trendy Corvino Supper Club and then walk around to check out our monthly First Fridays event. It’s hard to know what you will find at First Fridays: budding artists, musicians, buskers, chefs, and more fill the streets. 

And to top off the night, make it a point to visit the Green Lady Lounge. KC has a rich history in the jazz scene and Green Lady puts it all on display, for free seven nights a week.

Sunday | West Kansas City

Pack your bags Sunday morning and relocate to the Jefferson House Bed and Breakfast. This Victorian home is in Westside KC, near downtown, and has a variety of unique bedrooms and quirky accents throughout. After you settle in, grab breakfast at the Blue Bird Bistro: an organic, local restaurant with everything from breakfast chili to tofu scramble. After, walk next door for a coffee or house soda from Goat Hill — a cute, minimalistic hidden gem. If it’s a warm day, grab a snowcone while you’re there as a token to the building’s last tenant, a local favorite called Little Freshie.

Stop by our MADI Apparel headquarters a few steps away and say hi! Tell us about your trip, check out what’s new in store, and see our space. We have pictures of our customers and women we’ve served on display so you can see exactly what good you are doing through your purchase. You can hang out for a bit on our couch and sip your Goat Hill creation, or take a walk to Observation Park, where you can get a higher-up view of the KC skyline. Don't forget your camera!

Next door to our shop is one of our favorite local eateries, Westside Local, that offers enjoyable “blunch” and cocktail creations (like a menu inspired by Tom Hanks). If you want an authentic Mexican meal, grab tacos from another neighborhood favorite, Los Alamos Market y Cocina

Walk off your meal at the West Bottoms Antique Malls, which are all open on the First Fridays weekend for all visitors. You can easily walk from shop to shop, seeking fun and quirky creations. And keep your eyes peeled: Many shops offer free drinks and snacks somewhere in the space.

For dinner, visit one of KC’s newest, trendiest spots: The Campground KC. The atmosphere is intimate and quaint — and music comes directly from a record player. And if records are your thing, visit Voltaire, where the rustic, contemporary venue provides an intimate backdrop for unique cocktails. Want a livelier experience? The Ship is a restored 1930’s speakeasy that mimics the look and the feel of a boat — we promise you’ve never seen anything like it.

Wherever you are in Kansas City, you are bound to have a unique, fun experience that makes you want to come back again.

What are some of your favorite spots in KC? Let us know in the comments below and maybe we’ll feature you on your next post!

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MADI Makes: Empowering women in KC March 22, 2019 15:10


Give a woman a fish and feed her for a day.

Teach a woman to fish and you feed her for a lifetime. 

At MADI Apparel, we are proud and honored to be run by women. And as part of Women’s History Month, we want to recognize and honor the women who came before us and those who will come after us—plus the men who helped us along the way.

Women in history

Throughout our history, women have had many different experiences and successes. Women have been warriors and artists, housewives and political champions. We have Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, and Margaret Thatcher. Ada Lovelace, who is considered to be the first computer programmer; Cleopatra, the final Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt; Nellie Bly, an 1890’s investigative journalist.

Whether it’s big inventions or small happenings, what women have done throughout history has paved the way for women of today—and every year, more and more women are joining the workforce because of it. In fact, we have more lady bosses today than every before; more than half of management positions are held by women (you go girls!)

At MADI, we believe in helping women be the best they can be—that’s why we launched our MADI Makes program to help train and employ Kansas City women facing barriers.

MADI Makes: Andrescia

empowering women kansas city madi apparel madi makes"When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit. So let's keep going. Let's keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have." —Hillary Clinton

In May of 2018, our non-profit arm (MADI Donations) launched MADI Makes, a seamstress job-training program for at-risk women in Kansas City. This program was designed in partnership with Hope Faith Ministries to help empower women through vocational training.

Our goal was to help women facing barriers and to help end the cycles of chronic homelessness and unemployment in our community—by giving women a skill they can use for the rest of their lives.  The women in our program each face unique life challenges and we are with them every step of the way through goal-setting, financial training opportunities, mentoring, and more.

Andrescia is the first graduate of our MADI Makes program. She has long had a passion for sewing and creating something from nothing—she even has a fine arts degree from University of Missouri Kansas City! MADI Makes gave her an outlet for that drive.

“I first started getting into sewing because I wanted to make my own coat,” Andrescia said. “Then it went from making my own coat, to ‘I can sew anything and probably have sewing as a job’.”

And that’s now exactly what she does. After graduation, MADI Apparel hired Andrescia to be a part of our local production team in Kansas City. Now, she'll get to use her skills to help those in need—and get paid doing what she loves.  After much perseverance and dedication to show up day after day, this week she started sewing her very first round of underwear that we will pay her for on a contract basis!  She's now officially one of our contracted employees!

She loves having the opportunity to explore her passion in a way that not only benefits her, it gives back to others as well. And for Andrescia, this opportunity is a little more personal: She has met many of the people who are on the receiving end of the underwear she has produced through our program.

She knows how they feel and what it’s like being able to receive a basic necessity for free.

“People who can’t afford underwear, people who can’t afford this and that—I really wanted to learn how to do it for them … Now I’m doing a good job for people who need it,” Andrescia said.

When she’s not at work, Andrescia loves hanging out in Midtown (where she lives), hanging out with her cat and visiting JOANN Fabric and Craft, looking around for new and exciting designs to help inspire her next creation.

Helping women—Do your part 

"Feminism isn't about making women strong. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength." —G.D. Anderson

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we encourage you to go out of your way to support brands that provide employment opportunities for women! Whether you identify as male or female, you can do your part to help change the lives of many women like Andrescia—just through your buying habits. 

Some of our favorite women-empowering brands include: 

  • The By Grace Foundation: This company educates, employs, empowers and elevates women in need.
  • Luna Blu Mar: A portion of profits helps educate girls locally and in developing countries
  • A.R.E. Soaps: 20% of your purchase goes toward Uganda and India economic development + employing women
  • Prosperity Candle: Each purchase provides training and a fair wage for refugees.
  • Marie Mae: Each purchase equals one hour of training at the Marie Mae Business School, which helps educate and train young women entrepreneurs.
  • Willow Tree Roots: Purchases provide entrepreneurial women with training, education, and financial skills in Kenya.

 


We Are Summer Lovin' Our Pop-Ups! August 13, 2017 18:40

This summer MADI Apparel has hosted two pop-up shops in our beautiful Kansas City flagship store and will be hosting a third later this month! These pop-up shops are Noble Native by Sarah Hicks, By Grace Designs by Emily Moon, and Modern Mija by Emily Sharp. Each one is socially conscious through sustainable and slow-fashion. Although two of  the pop-up shops have officially moved out of MADI (Noble Native and By Grace Designs), we still want to tell you about these awesome boss babe-run companies!

Modern Mija - Sarah Sharp

Modern Mija is a new brand that focuses on modern and trendy clothing for children. Sharp’s mission is to provide children with clothing that is just as fashionable as the clothing worn by the adults who surround them. The brand carries multiple designers and has an impressive Instagram feed! Modern Mija will be in MADI Apparel August 17 - September 17!



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noble Native - Sarah Hicks

Noble Native was founded in 2016 by Sarah Hicks. The company believes in sustainable fashion and fair working conditions and wages for factory workers. The pieces sold by Noble Native are fashion forward and trendy. Each piece is sure to make you stand out from the crowd! Check out a few of their pieces below:




 

By Grace Designs - Emily Moon

By Grace Designs is an organization that believes in educating, employing, empowering, and elevating. All of the pieces in this shop are made by at-risk women and are sweatshop free. The main value in this company is empowering women. Emily Moon is doing an amazing thing by creating these pieces with women empowerment in mind. Check out a few pieces from By Grace Designs below:

Be sure to come back to MADI Apparel August 17 - September 17 for Modern Mija and to check out Noble Native and By Grace Designs online! Every Saturday, stop by MADI Apparel for complimentary lemonade, a look at Modern Mija, and exclusive deals at our next-door-neighbor, Westside Local!


Kind Bride Collection May 9, 2017 08:00

Wedding season is in full swing and that means our brides need day-of-wedding attire and maybe something special for the honeymoon! We've got the perfect mix of romantic & classic lingerie ranging from panties, sleepwear and robes. These are perfect for a bride who loves quality, luxurious garments and has a giving heart! Our robes are great for the whole bridal party too! We offer special pricing packages for several combo packs too!

As always, for every intimate sold, we donate a pair of underwear to a woman in need. Made in Kansas City from luxurious long-lasting fabrics.

To order more than one robe for a bridal party, email our team for discount pricing : info.madiapparel@gmail.com

 

(The Karen)

(The Sybil)

(The Bonnie)

(The Mimi)

(The Kyle)

(The Kaydee)

(The Pamela)

(The Diana)


Mother's Day (Specials) Gift Guide! May 4, 2017 22:25

Mother's Day is JUST around the corner and we have put together a fun list of Mother's Day specials we recommend! (Including MADI's of course)
1. MADI Apparel: Gift the gift that keeps on giving! For EVERY item you purchase in our boutique we donate a pair of underwear to women in need! We suggest one of our luxurious Karen Robes!
2. Thrive Pilates: Adorable gift certificates available in any amount, PLUS now through Mother's Day they're offering one FREE mat class with ANY purchase from their boutique! A Pre/Postnatal Pilates class is perfect for any soon-to-be or new mom!
3. Clair De Lune: Sign up now for their email and receive 15% OFF your Mother's Day purchase! We love that they have something for EVERY mom; the active mom, cozy mom, sleepy mom, new mom & every mom!
4. Michael Kors: Looking for something designer for the special lady in your life? Check out Michael Kors and get 25% off your purchase! We love everything from their handbags to their jewelry, you certainly can't go wrong!
5. Zales: And, if it's diamonds you're looking to give, then look no further! Zales has specials on so many amazing things sure to wow the woman in your life!
6. Massage Envy: Looking to gift some R & R? Spend $125 on gift cards and get a FREE 60 minute facial session or 30 minute massage upgrade!
Hopefully you've gotten a gift idea for the special mother's in your life or at least got the juices flowing from our Mother's Day specials gift guide!

Outfit of the Week: Spring Has Sprung! April 10, 2017 19:07

Spring has finally sprung here and we've been doing a happy dance ever since! Time to break out your dresses and your open-toe wedges and get out on the town! This outfit is the perfect way to step out in style this spring, an off-the-shoulder dress is right on trend and summer suede's are all the rage! The Bonnie's are perfect to wear with loose dresses, providing comfort, coverage and no chance of a "VPL" (visible panty line)!
We're starting this outfit with The Bonnie- High Rise Retro Brief in Lavender and we're topping it with an off-the-shoulder dress accented with lace trim. We're accessorizing with a black shoulder bag with gold details and a pair of suede, open-toe, espadrille wedges! Lastly, jewelry for the night includes black tassel earrings, a gold choker and a gold cuff bracelet.

 


Introducing....Robes! (& Coral!) February 8, 2017 12:55

We are SO excited to announce that we have recently launched our newest addition to the MADI Apparel line, ROBES! The Karen Restful Robe is super silky and comfy - you'll wanna wear it when you wake up, after you shower, putting on your makeup, reading a book, etc...AND YOU CAN! According to this recent 'Glamour' article, robes are not just for the bathroom anymore! It's also perfect for brides and bridal parties for "day-of" getting ready!
Like all of our MADI intimates, it was designed by our founder, Hayley, as well as cut/sewn in Kansas City. The Karen features a V-neck front neckline with a 1 inch wide tie string, three quarter length sleeves and lace trim on the sleeves. It's made of stretch knit viscose from Bamboo which is 95% Bamboo and 5% Rayon.
We are offering The Karen Robe in Ivory as well as our newest color Coral, in sizes XS-XL.
We are also very excited to announce our newest color offering just in time for Valentine's Day, Coral! We are offering two of our styles, The Diana and The Kaydee in our newest color!
Come by our storefront, or hop on our website and check out our newest releases, we hope you are as excited as we are!

Outfit of the Week: Cozying Up! December 8, 2016 17:28

MADI underwear aren't just perfect to wear out and about with your friends or at work, they're perfect to cozy up in right at home! This week's outfit was inspired by the recent winter that seems to have suddenly appeared! If it wasn't cold before it sure is now, and that means it's the perfect time to snuggle up on your couch with a fire and binge watch the new Gilmore Girls episodes!
We're starting with The Pamela-Ivory Cheeky Brazilian underwear and layering over them a basic pair of black leggings. Then, on top, we're putting on our coziest sweatshirt in a perfectly seasonal color! We're keeping the outfit simple and topping it off with a pair of fur-lined slippers.

Outfit of the Week: Holiday Party December 1, 2016 17:27

It's that time of year again ladies! Holiday parties are back in full swing and we've got the perfect outfit for you! We're mixing suedes with this one and keeping our color scheme festive but muted and trendy as always. You'll be the envy of everyone in this fun and flirty holiday look!
We're starting the outfit off with a MADI staple, The Mimi- Black Modest Bikini underwear, perfect to be worn under flowy dresses. And, that's just what we're going to pair them with, a black flowy dress. Then, we're covering up with a green, suede, moto jacket. We're accessorizing with a maroon suede shoulder bag and black suede booties. Finally, we're glitzing it up with a gold pendant necklace, gold statement bracelet and matching earrings.

Outfit of the Week: Friendsgiving Dinner November 15, 2016 00:01

It's that time of year again to gather with your best friends, the ones that make you thankful this holiday season, and share some old family recipes and some new dishes Pinterest convinced you to make! This outfit is perfect for Friendsgiving dinner, it's dressy, yet casual and comfortable and totally screams the holidays! Cherish your family and friends this holiday season! 
We're starting with The Mimi- Black Modest Bikini and over that putting a staple, wine-colored dress. We're layering over that a gray, fur vest and lacing up some black ballet flat inspired heels on our feet! We're accessorizing with a small snake print wristlet, some silver bangles and a pair of flashy silver earrings!

Outfit of the Week: Work Hard, Play Hard November 2, 2016 14:00

This week's look is called work hard, play hard because it's the perfect outfit to wear to the office and then out to happy hour with your beau or your ladies! It's dressy and conservative enough for work, but fun and flirty enough to wear out as well! The all black outfit is slimming on any woman, and the accessories will make you pop!
We're starting with The Diana- Black Wide Lace Thong and putting on a pair of black ankle pants over them. On top, we're keeping it simple with a black chiffon short sleeve shirt. We're doing lots of accessorizing, first with a pair of strappy black heels and a burgundy suede clutch. We're doing it up with jewelry including a black and gold short chain necklace, a long black and gold pendant necklace, lots of gold bangles and gold geometric dangly earrings!

Outfit of the Week: Date Night October 26, 2016 20:20

As we cross hump-day we start to think about the weekend, and for us the weekend includes date night! This outfit is perfect for a date night at this time of year because it's sexy and dressy, but warm and comfortable.
We're starting with The Pamela- Ivory Cheeky Brazilian underwear and layering over that a short black dress. We're topping that off with a cream and black thick Aztec print kimono. We're accessorizing with flat, black, over-the-knee Tory Burch boots and a black Rebecca Minkoff purse. To finish off the outfit, we've added a long pendant style necklace, gold bangles and gold and black earrings.

Outfit of the Week: Fall Fun October 13, 2016 17:28

This week's outfit is something that could be worn to just about anything this time of the year, especially with a few tweaks and modifications to make it your own! Depending on where you work, it could be worn with a camisole underneath, it could be worn to meet with friends, to go out, for a casual date, for lunch or dinner, to the museum or just running errands!
We're starting with The Pamela- Black Cheeky Brazilian panties and The Hendricks- Classic Comfort Bamboo Bralette. Over that we are adding a black and creme geometric chiffon top and a pair of light gray skinny jeans. From here, it's up to you how you style it! If you're running errands you may want to pop on a pair of Vans black slip-ons or a pair of black riding style boots to meet with friends. If you're going out, you may want to put on a pair of black wedges and a black leather jacket! There are so many possibilities when you start with the right staples!

Check Out Our Fall/Winter '16 Collection Video! October 10, 2016 21:12

MADI Apparel needs YOUR help spreading the word about our impactful intimates line!  We have recently launched a video of our fall/winter '16 collection detailing our newest product - bralettes!  Please watch this short video production below - filmed, edited and produced by Nathan Happer.
Click HERE for the video!
& if you share the video from the Facebook post and tag MADI Apparel, you will be entered for a chance to win a FREE BRALETTE in your style and size selection!

Runway To Impact Recap October 7, 2016 13:22

For those of you that might have missed our fashion show and fundraiser on Saturday October 1st (or just want to relive the amazing show), here's just SOME of the awesome looks featured!
Photos by Rick Andersen. 
And of course, a HUGE thank you to every single person who helped make this night possible! From our food and beverage providers to models and performers to volunteers and donors, we are grateful for every one of you!

Outfit of the Week: Sunny Afternoon October 4, 2016 15:59

While it is Fall, we still have the occasional warm afternoon, especially this year with it being so unseasonably warm! This outfit is perfect one of those sunny afternoons we're still experiencing. It can be worn to lunch, to the museum, shopping, to just about anything you want to do on your sunny afternoon and still look cute!
This outfit features two MADI items, The Hendricks- Classic Comfort Bamboo Bralette as well as the The Diana- Ivory Wide Lace Thong. These two staples are being paired with a black and white striped crop-top and a maxi length ivory skirt. An outfit like this would look perfectly paired with a pair of black lace-up espadrilles, and a small black leather cross-body bag. Lastly, just accessorize with your favorite everyday jewelry!

 


Join Us At Our Runway Show! September 26, 2016 20:01

This Saturday, October 1st, join us for our first runway show hosted by our 501c3 charity - MADI Donations - to benefit a dozen local KC non-profits with underwear donations!! The show will be held from 6pm-11pm, at 1101 Mulberry St, Kansas City, MO 64101-1348.
The show will feature:
Fall/Winter Collection Runway Show by MADI Apparel
Live Music By:
DJ Mike Scott
Main Band: The Buhs
Opening Duo: bre / emily
Food Sponsored by: Port Fonda
Cocktails Sponsored by: J. Rieger & Co.
Beer Sponsored by: Stockyards Brewing Co.
Silent Auction by MADI Donations
Flash Tattoos: We'll even have a free flash tattoo
booth thanks to our awesome sponsor!
Ticket Information:
General Admission: $35 (includes 1 complimentary drink + Port Fonda apps + live music + runway show)
VIP: $75 (includes 3 complimentary drinks + swag bag of local products + Port Fonda apps + live music + guaranteed seat at runway show)
**First 50 guests to buy a ticket will receive swag bag of local KC products
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To purchase tickets, go here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/l1Yfig
We hope you all make it and we can't wait to see you there!

Bralettes, Bralettes Bralettes! September 12, 2016 16:29

In case you haven't already heard, our bralettes hit the website and our storefront on Friday, and we were sold out online by Sunday! However, we are anticipating a re-stock of them later this month, and if you haven't already snagged one, you won't want to miss them! Just like our other products, for every bralette purchased, we will donate a pair of our underwear to a woman in need!
We released two bralette styles, The Hendricks- a classic comfortable bamboo bralette, and The Molly- a luxe lace bralette.
Here, is The Hendricks:
& here, is The Molly:
And a HUGE thank you to all of our supporters who helped us sell out of our first ever bralette launch in three days! Keep an eye out on our social media accounts and website for the restock!

Kendra Scott at MADI Apparel! June 3, 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:

Outfit of the Week: Ladies Who Lunch May 13, 2016 20:31

The weather has finally warmed up and we couldn't be happier! That means it's time to get out there and lunch with the ladies! This outfit is perfect for sitting on a patio under an umbrella, sipping tea and chatting with your gal pals!
We're starting with The Kyle-Black Classic Boyshort underwear and layering over them an adorable green summer dress. We're accessorizing with a pair of lace-up espadrille wedge sandals and a matching bucket bag. We're finishing off the outfit with a howlite gemstone choker and a pair of arrowhead stud earrings.
Where to find this #MADIstyle:
-Dress: Shop Hearts
-Shoes: Vince Camuto
-Bag: Last Call
-Necklace: Rory Ashton
-Earrings: Francesca's

Outfit of the Week: Sunny Day Dreams May 5, 2016 18:55

This week we are featuring our Ivory Sybil Sleep Top! (And of course a pair of our MADI underwear!) This outfit is perfect to enjoy the warm sunny days that have finally decided to show their face! This outfit is perfect for a walk through the park, sitting outside, window shopping, a picnic, or just about anything It's perfect for anything because it's comfortable and cute!
We're starting with The Kaydee- Wide Lace Brazilian underwear and over top of them putting a pair of cuffed denim shorts. On top, we're putting on our Sybil Sleep Top in Ivory, and tucking it in the shorts just a little! We're accessorizing with a tan cross-body purse and a pair of complimentary lace-up gladiator sandals. We're finishing the outfit with a layered gold necklace and a simple stack of gold bangles! 
Where to find this #MADIstyle:
Shorts: Macy's
Purse: Fossil
Shoes: Nordstrom
Necklace: Stella & Dot
Bracelets: Ross-Simons

Panama Drop-Off Donation! May 3, 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).

The Women Behind The Underwear April 28, 2016 21:27

Each MADI style is named after individual women who’ve made a difference in the life of our founder and who symbolize the kind of impact MADI can make in the world! Keep reading to learn about how each style got it's name!

From Hayley, MADI’s founder:

I wanted the women buying MADI intimates to picture their mom, sister, best friend, etc. receiving the donated pair.  This was a CRUCIAL element in our development - not only is the name of our intimates line a woman's name (MADI - also spelling out Make a Difference Intimates) - but our styles are named after women as well.  I wanted the women receiving the donations to matter - to have a name.

These important women in my life even inspired the creative process behind designing the garment shapes.  I'm a woman - and I know what women wear and don't wear.  We stick to the styles we know and love - it's usually pretty black and white - but this answer certainly isn't the same across the board for every woman.  For example, some women only wear briefs. Some only wear thongs.  So, I designed clean-cut styles that women feel sexy in and feel comfortable wearing most often.  I wanted to steer clear from trendy styles and fabrics or loud colors that lose their flavor after a year or so.  MADI intimates are simple, luxurious basics that women constantly search their drawers for.  

During the design process, I pictured the loved one who inspired the style name.  I let the design flow from her personality - what makes her unique to the world?  How can an undergarment style embody the essence of her soul?

 

 

The Bonnie

First, I started with my Grandma, Bonnie.  (I call her Gaga, but that wouldn't make for a very nice panty name :) ! )

The brief reminded me of her - because it's CLASSIC.  Briefs will never go out of style - even young women find them most comfy.  When I think of my grandma I think of comfort, ever-present, and always in-style :).

About the style:

Buy The Bonnie HERE

 

Bonnie is well rounded in life and on your body.  High-rise fit with a retro look, flattering every womanly curve.

 

 

 

The Mimi

Mimi is what I call my other Grandma.  She's always around and has never let me down!  This makes me think of the bikini style.  It's modest in the back and doesn't ride - you know she will always stay with you :).

About the style:

Buy The Mimi HERE

Mimi's got your back in everyday life (literally) with full coverage bottoms and a chic, clean front. 

 

 

 

The Kyle

Kyle is my best friend since 4th grade.  She has a gender fluid name and is always up for anything.  The origin of the classic boyshort stemmed from boxers - a low-rise fit with a wide band.  We made it a cheekier cut though - why?  Because we're girls and want to feel sexy!

About the style:

Buy The Kyle HERE

Kyle is the girl-next-door.  Comfy coverage with a classic fit.

 

 

 

The Pamela

Pamela is my wonderful mom.  She is the most genuine person I know - but also is a major "boss chic" with sass.  This style is inspired by the Brazilian swimwear bikini style.  I drew this one up living in a small beach town in Florida.  It reminded me of my mom - sweet and cute all around but spicy when you least expect it!

About the style:

Buy The Pamela HERE

Pamela is sweet with a little bit of spice.  Feminine, soft and sexy with moderate bottom coverage.

 

 

 

The Diana

Diana is my other best friend from 4th grade.  She's outspoken and knows how to express exactly what she wants!  Her hair even inspired this style.  Her long, wavy locks remind me of the fluid, feminine floral pattern in the wide lace band.

About the style:

Buy The Diana HERE

Diana isn't afraid to be different – she radiates beauty and confidence.  Ultra cheeky bottom with a floral wide lace band

 

 

 

The Kaydee

The Kaydee was named after my college sorority, Kappa Delta.  I learned a lot of confidence in this life stage - I also had a lot of fun with my sisters, creating memories that will last forever.  This style (our now most popular style) was designed with confidence and flair.  This one is a guys' favorite! :)

About the style:

Buy The Kaydee HERE

The Kaydee is confident and sassy.  Cheeky bottom coverage with a flirty floral wide lace band.

 

 

 

The Sybil

The Sybil sleep top was named after my first cousin.  She's bold and loud, but is somehow soft and cuddly at the same time.  The design behind this top was to be a garment you never want to take off.  And this is literally a possibility as the top was designed to be worn for bed and outerwear over jeans or shorts!

About the style:

Buy The Sybil HERE

Sybil is bold and mysterious.  She's comfortable in her own skin.