In an effort to show support for the recent earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, Fashion Girls for Japan will host a special two-day designer sample sale to benefit Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, the Red Cross and the NYC’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fundto be held at the Bowery Terrace in The Bowery Hotel on Saturday April 2, 11am-7pm and Sunday April 3, 11am to 5pm. 100% of the proceeds from the sales will go towards disaster relief efforts.
More than 60 New York-based designers have come together– including Alexander Wang, Altuzzara, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, Doo Ri, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, VPL, Zero Maria Cornejo and several accessories designers– and pledged to donate ‘one rolling rack’ of their clothing for this charity event. All items will be offered at 50% or more off the retail price.
Along with Kikka Hanazawa (President of VPL) and Tomoko Ogura (Fashion Director Women’s Co-op at Barneys New York), Fashion Girls for Japan was initially conceived by Kyoko Kageyama (3.1 Philip Lim), who was in Japan when the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck on March 11, 2011. With volunteers from Japanese-American fashion community, the generous donations of New York designers, and special support from fashion consultant Julie Gilhart, these members of the American fashion industry aim to aid and rebuild hope for their Japanese colleagues and customers through this special “60+ Designers/60+ Rolling Racks” event.