DRESSEMBER FOUNDATION, FOUNDER
Dressember is an anti-trafficking nonprofit with an annual dress and tie wearing campaign.
Iowa-born, Seattle-raised, and SoCal-transplanted, Blythe created Dressember as a style challenge in 2009. After aligning Dressember with anti-trafficking in 2013 and raising over $165,000 USD in one month, she pursued 501(c)3 certification. She loves a good cheese, a good pun (clearly), and taking her dog Friday to the park.
Los Angeles, CA
Q & A
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE OUT OF TOWN VISITORS?
The Last Bookstore in DTLA. It has an amazing selection of new and used books, multiple levels, and pretty amazing book art installations to explore (and literally walk through, in some cases!)
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST NEED?
Dressember needs more men and women to commit to using their voices and style choices as ways to advocate for the dignity of all people. Every year, thousands of people commit to wearing a dress or tie every day during December as a way to spread awareness and raise money for anti-trafficking programs; in 5 years, we've raised over $5M! We've been able to have a huge impact, but need a larger community of people to step up and join our movement if we're going to have any hope to erase slavery forever.
WHAT DOES BEING LIBERATED MEAN TO YOU?
To me, liberty means freedom on every level-- physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. It means breaking free of whatever literal or proverbial chains are holding you back from being and becoming the very best, untethered version of yourself-- unlocking your true potential. At Dressember, we fight for the most tangible aspect of liberation: physical liberation from slavery, but we also advocate for the inherent right of every person to live a vibrant, completely untethered life.