Cool Girl: Philanthrophic Designer, Alexandra Taylor

For most of us, a mosquito bite is nothing but an irritating itch that causes us to scratch and complain for a few days. However, mosquitos spread malaria in Africa, where a child dies from the disease every 45 seconds. To counteract this devastating epidemic, the United Nations has started a foundation called Nothing But Nets, dedicated to stopping the spread of malaria by delivering insecticide-treated bed nets to more than one million refugees in 15 counties in Africa. So how does fashion fit in with this cause?

Meet Alexandra Taylor, a graduate from Parsons The New School For Design. After becoming aware of the malaria problem in Africa, she started designing a line of philanthropic scarves, and she donates $10 from each purchase to Nothing But Nets -- the exact amount it costs to purchase one of the insecticide-treated nets. Inspired by the netting, Alexandra's scarves are silk and silk blended, and printed in beautiful hues and organic patterns. We love this one (pictured, $45) in deep purples and earth tones.

Head on over and get some holiday shopping done while also helping to save a life.