This Weekend, Shop Top Designers to Benefit Japan (NYC Event)


Photo: Fashion Girls for Japan

In the aftermath Japan's earthquake and tsunami, people are rallying here at home to support relief efforts.

This weekend, fashion meets philanthropy with Fashion Girls for Japan, a massive sample sale with more than sixty designers, from Diane von Furstenberg to Thakoon, in New York City. One hundred percent of proceeds will benefit Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund, The Red Cross, and New York City's Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fund. Details:The sample sale will be held at the Bowery Terrace in The Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery, New York, New York) today, Saturday April 2, from 11am--which is in a couple of hours so scoot--and will run until 7pm this evening. Tomorrow, Sunday April 3, the sale will open at the same time and run to 5pm.

To take advantage of the major discounts--all items will be offered at 50% or more off the retail price--you'll need to make a $5 minimum donation for entry to the event; purchase tickets online at Fashion Girls for Japan or at the door.

3.1 Philip Lim's Kyoko Kageyama, one of the founders of the project, was in Japan when the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck. He conceived of the event along with Kikka Hanazawa, president of VPL, and Tomoko Ogura, fashion director Women's Co-op at Barneys New York, as well as support from fashion consultant Julie Gilhart.

Visit Fashion Girls for Japan for more.

Emma Grady is TreeHugger.com's resident fashion expert; she is a stylist and the founder and editor of PastFashionFuture.com. Find her on Facebook and Twitter, too.
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