August 20 2014

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Tao And Her Fellow Top Models Sell the Clothes Off Their Backs for Japan


Tao Okamoto was in Tokyo visiting family when the 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit the country back in March. A few days later, the Japanese top model sent out a heartfelt letter to friends and fashion industry contacts expressing her sympathy for victims and her intent to plan a benefit: “I want to tell Japan that a lot of people in the world are encouraging and helping us. We are not alone.” This Sunday, Tao makes good on that promise with Ragtag, a charity bazaar she’s hosting in the basement of Saturdays Surf in Soho. Runway regulars like Heidi Mount, Liu Wen, and Jenny Shimizu, along with Phillip Lim, Pamela Love, and Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean, will sell pre-loved clothes straight from their own closets to benefit the organization Save Japan! Items up for grabs include Naomi Campbell-signed T-shirts from her Fashion for Relief charity show in Cannes and, presumably, piles of sample-size togs and designer swag.

Ragtag will take place Sunday, May 29, from 12-6 p.m. at the basement of Saturdays Surf NYC, 31 Crosby St., For more information on Ragtag, visit

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