Our Lean Closet Movement challenges us to collect fewer, better things, and to donate the pieces in our wardrobes that are merely taking up space to those who need them.

History of lean closet

Cuyana was founded with an inherent, deep-rooted mission: a desire to have an impact beyond just creating beautiful apparel and accessories. We truly believe that fewer, better things will lead to a fuller, richer life. That is how the Lean Closet program came about: we wanted to create a way to activate this philosophy of fewer, better for our customers. We want women to focus on buying and owning only what they love, and to take all those forgotten pieces they've accumulated and gift them to others who can use them. We launched Lean Closet alongside the brand in June 2013, and since then, countless women have participated.

how it works

With every Cuyana purchase where you select "lean shipping" at checkout, we will send you a reusable bag to fill up with items that aren't helping you live your most beautiful life. You mail the bag back to us (with the included shipping label) and through our non-profit partner, H.E.A.R.T., your donated clothing will be given directly to women who will be able to gain fresh starts through your generosity. As an added bonus, for every donation you make, you will receive a $10 credit towards your next Cuyana purchase. It's about doing more with less in our closets — and doing more for others who are in need.


Our official donation partner for the Lean Closet Program is H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Ease Abuse Related Trauma). H.E.A.R.T., part of the Violence Intervention Program, was created to help victims of abuse move forward and build new lives.

#FreshStart #CuyanaHEART

By working together, Cuyana and H.E.A.R.T. are empowering fresh starts for women in a beautifully intentional and radically sustainable way — through clothing that one woman may no longer need or wear, but another woman will be empowered by to gain a fresh start in life.