It's been less than a week since Haiti was hit with an earthquake of epic proportions, leaving the country devastated and over 50,000 dead. In an effort to aid the Haitian people, there's been a worldwide outpouring of help flooding in. The response has been immense, from donations through various organizations, to medical assistance, to relief workers flying down to assist in the recovery and rescue mission. The fashion industry has joined forces to support the victims of this natural disaster as well, providing aid in the form of monetary donations, contributing portions of sales, and sending clothing and shoes in bulk to Haiti. Calvin Klein's parent company instituted a policy where the company will immediately match employee donations, Louis Vuitton just made a donation of $100,000 to the Haitian Red Cross, and Bond No. 9 will donate 10% of all sales of The Scent of Peace to the American Red Cross.
See below for a list of designers and how they're contributing.
Calvin Klein- Calvin Klein, Inc.'s parent company, Phillips-Van Heusen, immediately instituted a 100% matching contribution program for associates who donate to the below organizations. Additionally, they will be making a corporate donation to Save the Children (their corporate spotlight charity), as well as organizing the collection and distribution of clothing through their business units, while the US retail stores are simultaneously organizing and collecting customer donations.
Action Against Hunger, 877-777-1420
American Red Cross, 800-733-2767
Beyond Borders, 866-424-8403
Catholic Relief Services, 800-736-3467
Concern Worldwide, 212-557-8000
Doctors Without Borders, 888-392-0392
The Salvation Army, 800-725-2769
Save the Children, 800-728-3843
Louis Vuitton- On behalf of Louis Vuitton and all company employees, the luxury brand made a donation of $100,000 to assist the Haitian Red Cross with disposable medical kits, water purifiers, tents, food, and water.
Ralph Lauren- Ralph Lauren is donating clothing corporately through Fashion Delivers
Bond No. 9- For the next 30 days, 10% of all proceeds from the sale of The Scent of Peace, Bond No. 9's bestselling perfume, will be donated to The American Red Cross.
Havaianas- Havaianas immediately sent product to Haiti via Soles4 Souls, who according to their website is working with trusted partners to provide hundreds of thousands of new boots and shoes to help survivors locate others trapped in the rubble and begin the rebuilding process.
Additionally, Havaianas will team up with Lucky Magazine to give 30% of
the proceeds from the sale of the "Little Bird" sandals on LuckyMag.com to the Red Cross from January 22 to March 1.
TOMS Shoes- According to their website, "For the next 48 hours, TOMS will donate $5 of every One for One purchase to disaster relief in Haiti through Partners in Health."
Additionally, TOMS is teaming up with Trovata and Williamson PR to host "Helping Hands for Haiti" on Tuesday, January 19th at Brinkley's (406 Broome Street in New York City, 6:30 to 9 pm). There will be a $5 minimum donation at the door for entry and all proceeds will go towards Haiti relief efforts.
"This event will be a good way to make it easy and convenient for the fashion industry to get together and contribute to a good cause. Also, growing up in South Florida, there were a lot of people from Haiti that contributed to the vibrancy of the local community that made it such a great a place to live so it hits close to home for me, " said John Whitledge, owner and designer of Trovata. "Rather than getting a lot of 'I love you man's' after a few free drinks, hopefully we will get more people saying 'I love you Haiti' and end up donating even more."
ADAM- The company is donating 20% of all full-priced sales online and in stores through January 22nd to the Red Cross for Haiti relief support.
Uncommon- The newly launched personal accessory company has created a special collection of iPhone cases to aid in earthquake relief efforts. Uncommon's Haiti Relief Collection consists of six protective cases for the iPhone 3G, and 100% of profits will be donated directly to the American Red Cross. All of the designs are inspired by and for Haiti, including the Haiti Fractured Mosaic case (sampled from the vibrant colors and market life of Haiti), Haitian Hands, and the "Text HAITI 90999" call-to-action case.
Katy Rodriguez- Katy Rodriguez is donating 10% of her Winter Sale purchases to the Haiti Relief Emergency Fund. Also the owner of Resurrection in both New York and Los Angeles, there is a storewide and online sale where the same 10% of sales will be donated.
Sunday Riley Modern Skincare- The skincare line will be donating 10% off all skincare sales for the next month (through February 15) to UNICEF to aid in the international relief effort in Haiti.
Sunday Riley Modern Skincare is available at www.sundayriley.com,
www.barneys.com, and Barney's NYC, Chicago, and Beverly Hills.
DANNIJO- According to co-founders Jodie and Danielle Snyder, a "Help Haiti" tab has been added to DANNIJO's homepage and a portion of online sales will be donated to the Red Cross.
Danielle Snyder is no stranger to grass roots initiatives. After interning in Lwala, Kenya and creating a documentary about AIDS in 2006, Snyder and friend Alexa von Tobel geared their energies toward creating the non-profit LWALA- Living With a Life-long Ambition.
Bochic- The fine jewelry collection will be auctioning off any of their jewelry worn by a celebrity during upcoming award shows and/or red carpet premieres , and donating all of the proceeds to Charity: Water. Bochic will support Charity: Water's initiative and efforts to fund clean water solutions on the ground in Haiti, and the money raised from jewelry auctions will go towards long-term sustainable clean water solutions in Haiti.
Judith Leiber- Olivia Wilde and Kristen Bell are auctioning off the handbags gifted to them by Judith Leiber for this year's Golden Globes to raise money for the Haiti relief effort. Leiber specifically gifted the bags with intent to auction them off and donate all proceeds to Artists for Peace and Justice.
Judith Leiber gifted the bags carried by Olivia and Kristen at the Golden Globes so they could auction them
EDUN- EDUN will be donating 500 EDUN LIVE t-shirts to the people of Haiti through Fashion Delivers.
John Bartlett- The designer donated 10% of all sales this past Saturday to Haiti disaster relief.
MAC Cosmetics- The MAC AIDS Fund, the philanthropic arm of MAC Cosmetics, regularly supports HIV/AIDS-related organizations throughout the world, including 3 such organizations in Haiti. After hearing the news of the earthquake, MAF mobilized its grantmaking arm and gave emergency general support grants of $125,000 each to MAF's three trusted partners in Haiti: the Clinton Foundation, Partners in Health, and GHEISKO - all working to deliver emergency medical care, food and supplies.
"The first corporate gift was made six days after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, so the immediate response of so many companies to the earthquake to help the people of Haiti is heartening. Rebuilding Haiti though will be a marathon- not a sprint. So we as a corporate community need to join hands and commit to sustaining our giving over the long haul," said Nancy Mahon, executive director of the MAC AIDS Fund.
K.I.D.S- Kids in Distressed Situations has secured $2 million in products for Haiti relief efforts. Over 20 containers of new apparel, shoes, blankets, diapers, water, underwear, and other necessities are being delivered through K.I.D.S. and the organization's long-term partners who are on the ground in Haiti.
"Twenty containers of relief supplies from K.I.D.S have already been sent or are en route to our partners in Haiti," said President Janice Weinman, "Although the main port at Port-Au-Prince is still closed, we have been able to arrange for shipping through the port at Cap-Haitien on the country's north coast, and we have been cleared to send two container shipments per day through the main airport at Port-Au-Prince."
So far, some companies that are making large donations include underwear from Jockey, apparel from Haddad Brands, Gerber Childrenswear, Kahn Lucas, World Team Tennis and LT Apparel, shoes from UGG Australia, water and nutrition bars from Vitamin Shoppe, and diapers from Toys"R"Us.
Melissa Joy Manning- Melissa will be donating 10% of all online sales from January 1st to March 30th to the Red Cross.
Tyte- Three boxes full of samples, old stock denim and khaki shorts, pants, capris, and more were donated through Fashion Delivers.
eBay- When buyers purchase an item on eBay.com in the U.S. and the U.K., they can donate during checkout through the Give@Checkout feature to one of five organizations doing relief and recovery work in Haiti.
Through January 18th, the eBay Community has raised over $593,000 USD through the Give@Checkout and Donate Now features on eBay.com, with proceeds going to several nonprofit organizations focused on the recovery.
As of Friday January 15th, eBay will waive all donation processing fees for Give@Checkout and Donate Now for a period of 30 days, to ensure that 100 percent of every donation reaches the non-profit organizations providing the relief.
The eBay Foundation is providing $100,000 USD to support the efforts of three organizations involved with relief efforts: The American Red Cross, Save the Children and Oxfam.
The eBay Foundation has also implemented a special gift-matching program through February 28 for global employees who want to make a charitable contribution to organizations providing rescue and relief efforts in Haiti. When employees make a gift to the American Red Cross, Save the Children, or Oxfam (or one of their local affiliates), the eBay Foundation will match the gift up to $250 USD per employee. Note: This special match will not count against the $500 USD matching opportunity that U.S. employees have for 2010 which can also be utilized for Haiti Earthquake relief.
PayPal is waiving the payment processing fees for donations to nonprofits involved in the relief and recovery effort for the next 30 days and has implemented onsite placements - including on the PayPal homepage - where people can click to donate to Save The Children.
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