AMERICA’S FASHION INDUSTRY DONATES $1 MILLION TO THE CLINTON BUSH HAITI FUND

Fashion for Haiti

“Fashion For Haiti” Campaign Raised Funds For Victims Of Earthquake

April 14, 2010 (New York) — The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) donated $1 million to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund last night at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The check, presented to President Bill Clinton by CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg, Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory / Helmut Lang, and designer Tory Burch, represents the proceeds from the “Fashion for Haiti” T-shirt initiative which raised monies for the victims of the January 12 earthquake.

The initiative was widely supported by the American fashion industry, including the entire CFDA membership, and carried the endorsement of fashion leaders Burch, Rosen, von Furstenberg, and Ralph Lauren, along with Kevin Carrigan, Kenneth Cole, Francisco Costa, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Vera Wang, Anna Wintour, Italo Zucchelli, among many, many others. Supporting retailers numbered in the hundreds and included Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Gilt.com, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, QVC, Saks Fifth Avenue, among others.

The $25 short sleeve T-shirt was manufactured by Theory and went on sale on February 16, 2010 at retailers across the country and online. The “Fashion for Haiti” T-shirt logo was designed by Peter Arnell.

About the CFDA
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 350 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Scholarship Award, and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Business Services Network, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA created and manages Fashion Targets Breast Cancer; raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations with 7th on Sale; addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative; and is a key participant in other programs such as the annual Fashion’s Night Out. For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com.

About the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
The earthquake that rocked the coast of Haiti killed or injured a devastating number of people. Even more were left in need of aid, making this one of the major humanitarian emergencies in the history of the Americas. In the aftermath of the disaster, President Barack Obama asked President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush to raise funds for immediate, high-impact relief and long-term recovery efforts to help those who are most in need of assistance. In response, the two Presidents established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF) to respond to near–term unmet needs, while focusing largely on longer–term reconstruction, especially promoting job creation and economic opportunity, with the goal of helping the people of Haiti rebuild their lives and livelihoods so that they can “build back better.” The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund will do this by working with and supporting the efforts of effective and innovative partners, including nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations. Presidents Clinton and Bush oversee the CBHF through their respective nonprofit organizations, the William J. Clinton Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas. For more information, visit www.clintonbushhaitifund.org.

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CFDA/KCD
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