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UT student's philanthropic company helps you accessorize and give back

UT student's philanthropic company helps you accessorize and give back

Disco Daisies ad photo
Disco Daisies offers quirky velvet handbags at an affordable price. Photo courtesy of Disco Daisies
Disco Daisie get down tonight wristlet
Put on your dancing shoes. Photo courtesy of Disco Daisies
Disco Daisies purse
Break me off a pizza that. Photo courtesy of Disco Daisies
Disco Daisies punk princess
A punk princess necessity. Photo courtesy of Disco Daisies
Disco Daisies ad photo
Disco Daisie get down tonight wristlet
Disco Daisies purse
Disco Daisies punk princess

One entrepreneurial University of Texas student is feeding the need to accessorize, while giving shoppers an easy way to give back. Disco Daisies, founded by Nishiki Maredia in September, offers a collection of quirky, reasonably priced handbags whose proceeds benefit a rotating list of nonprofits. It's the second endeavor for the 20-year-old, who co-founded 1950 Collective, a pop culture apparel brand, in 2015. 

Bags range from crushed velvet purses to mini crossbodies and convenient wristlets in a plethora of bold colors, each emblazoned with a quirky design, from a slice of pizza to a skull. Priced at $27 each, there's no need to pick just one; the more you buy, the more you give back.

Fifty percent of each sale is donated to a nonprofit selected by Maredia each quarter. Currently, proceeds benefit Asha for Education, an organization devoted to creating socio-economic change in India by educating underprivileged children. As Maredia's parents benefited from a similar organization, the cause is one that's close to Maredia's heart.

"I wanted to find a way to give back to where my parents came from," she says. "I hope after I graduate I can go see what Asha for Education does and actually see the impact and find the best way to continue donating."

Right now, the philanthropic student is focused on growing Disco Daises and raising as much money as possible to support worthwhile organizations. Bags can be purchased online, and the company offers free shipping worldwide, so you don't have to be local to make a difference.