Fort Worth’s ‘WORN’ Knits Up a Great Cause

    It was our pleasure last week to learn of WORN, a Fort Worth-based company that combines fashion with feeling.   An initiative of Catholic Charities Fort Worth, WORN focuses on hand-knitted scarves and head-wraps. Soft as down, whether crafted of Pima Cotton or Peruvian Highland Wool, they add warmth in winter and a touch of bright texture in spring and summer months. The mission of this business, however, goes far beyond mere ornamentation.   Each item offered by WORN is crafted by refugee women now living in North Texas, forced from homelands in South Asia, Africa, and beyond. Utilizing a traditional skill, they are able supplement household income and begin saving for the future.     The gorgeous photography herein features the WORN Spring 2012 Collection. Aptly inspired by a cross-country journey, it includes the lightweight Nantucket ($88, pictured at top), which wears like an elegant, knitted necklace. The Austin ($58) pulls double duty as both a head-wrap and small infinity scarf, and the San Francisco ($118) is pure boho chic. Any would make a great gift for a grad or an upcoming birthday.     All net profits from the sale of WORN scarves are reinvested back into Catholic Charities Fort Worth, to further its mission to end poverty. We’ll be adding this company to our list of favorite cause-affiliated fashion finds, such as TOMS, and local gems Roma Provisions and Gaia for Women.   To learn more about WORN and to shop the collection, visit    

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