10 (RED) Products You Need This Summer

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Summer is officially here. That means hot days, long nights and non-stop good times — and it also means it’s time for some new gear. Because to make the most of the sunny season, you need to stay cool — literally and figuratively.

And here’s a bonus: while you stock up on summer essentials, you can flex your activism, joining the fight to end HIV/AIDS based on the products you choose. Every time you buy a (RED) product, a portion of your purchase funds life-saving HIV/AIDS programs, including prevention, testing, counseling, and treatment services, sexual reproductive health education, peer mentorship programs and more.

With your buying power, you’re making the world a better, healthier and more equal place. To get you inspired, we’ve rounded up some of our summertime faves.

get outside

The best thing about summer is soaking up the awesome weather — and spending the longer days investing in causes you care about. Imagine you could do both at once? 

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1. Have a S’well summer

To stay hydrated in this scorching weather, make sure you have a S’well bottle handy at all times. These beauties can keep your water chilled for a full twenty-four hours — or, if you like conquering high temps with hot drinks, they’ll keep your tea steaming for twelve. The special edition S’well x (RED) bottles boast a bold crimson color.


For a more understated option, check out the collaboration between (RED), S’well and Wanderlust: the matte black Wanderlust Festival Water Bottle has triple-walled insulation to prevent condensation from forming.

2. Down dog outdoors

That’s not all Wanderlust has to offer. Whether you’re mastering your sun salutation or taking lunch on the lawn, the SuperLite Mat, created in collaboration with Manduka eKO, is another must-have this season.

3. Put your best fouta forward

These Tunisian throws are a cross between a towel, a blanket and a sarong. Balthazar & Rose crafts 100% cotton foutas right at the source, in Tunisia: the fabric is woven on artisanal looms and the fringes are hand-rolled. Soft and absorbent, everybody should have one of these for a day at the beach.

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Accessorize

It’s the time of year to see and be seen — so hit the streets (or the sand) with the latest in jewelry and tech.

4. Wear your heart on your sleeve

Alex and Ani has launched a unique charm bangle, Heart of Strength (available in silver and gold), to help (RED) fight HIV/AIDS.

5. Reach for the heights

Or, for an accessory with a beaded twist, the Lokai bracelet is a favorite: their beads hold water from Mount Everest and mud from the Dead Sea (the highest and lowest points on earth respectively), reminding you to stay balanced and conscious of our planet and its people.

6. Spread the love

(RED) has also teamed up with Ubuntu Made, whose Red Love bracelets (both skinny and regular) are hand-beaded by Maasai artisans using traditional tribal techniques.

7. tune in

As far as we’re concerned, music is more than just an accessory; it’s a necessity. The bold, bright Beats Solo³ Wireless will have you dancing to your own tune all summer long, and the special edition Beats Pill+ is a portable sound system that lets you take the party with you.

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8. Explore your Apple options

Need a new case for your iPhone or iPad? How about a sport band or dapper vintage buckle for your Apple Watch? Or, better yet, a new iPhone altogether? Regardless of what it is you need, there’s definitely a (RED) option.

 

Go Big

Remember, a portion of every dollar you spend on (RED) products supports the fight against HIV/AIDS, so it’s okay to splurge a little.

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9. Skip the traffic

The (VESPA 946)RED is a pretty rad way to get where you’re going this summer — and with a lot more airflow than the Subway.


A line of additional products completes the set, including a (VESPA)RED helmet, sweatshirt, cap and — a sartorial favorite — an elegant leather bag that fits snugly to the rear of the bike.

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10. Get outta town

Speaking of getting where you’re going, why not take a holiday? (RED) has collaborated with Andaz to create designer suites and cabanas in luxury locations, such as West Hollywood, Scottsdale and Maui. If Central London is more your speed, there’s a suite waiting for you there. Or maybe you prefer the tropics: private cabanas are available in Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya and Guanacaste in Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo.

So what are you waiting for? Create the summer you want, while putting your wallet to work in the fight to end HIV/AIDS. Learn more about how (RED) works, or shop (RED) Products.

Liza Vadnai