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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fashion Designers For Haiti

The Council of Fashion Designers of America and its members have come together to produce a t-shirt campaign that benefit the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

“The tragedy in Haiti has affected everyone and most of us individually have given money for relief,” said Diane von Furstenberg, president of the CFDA. “However, I think it is now important to send a message and create a channel for funding from fashion as an industry.”

The Peter Arnell-designed tee features a black and lime green logo with the tag line “Hope Help Heal Haiti”, and will be sold at retailers nationwide as well as online starting February 12.

Fashion Delivers is a charitable organization that distributes excess clothing to needy individuals and families all around the globe. Its board of directors include the likes of Russell Simmons and Sean “P Diddy” Combs. The group issued a call to designers, retailers and anyone else to donate items that the people of Haiti can use. To give or obtain more information, go to www.fashiondelivers.org

Individual designers have also created their own charitable projects. Ralph Lauren has created a Haiti Relief Polo collection sold online. Kooba is donating 15% of its online sales to Doctors Without Borders. Independent boutiques like Bird are also donating a percentage of sales to their charities of choice.

Trends may come and go, but generosity and humanity never go out of style.

You can always donate directly to organizations themselves.

Click here for a list of charities helping Haiti.

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