A Year Later, Still Sending Support To Japan-------
The Fashion Girls for Japan—a synod of the fashion world’s powerful Japanese women and those who support them, including Barneys’ Tomoko Ogura, The News Showroom’s Stella Ishii, and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Chiaki Yamamura—came together last year in the wake of the East Japan earthquake and tsunami to host a sale benefiting Japanese relief efforts. A year later, they’re reconvening to do it again. With much still to be done in Japan, the FGJ have marshaled more than 60 designers to donate items to be sold at more than 50 percent off to benefit the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund and Home for All Foundation by KISYN, a Japan-based organization founded by architects Toyo Ito, Riken Yamamoto, Hiroshi Naito, Kengo Kuma, and Kazuyo Sejima, which builds communal gathering spaces for the displaced. Last year’s sale, which included donations from Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, and Thom Browne, raised $275,000. The addition this year of menswear and jewelry—including much discounted pieces by Judy Geib (pictured), whose prices usually hover in the four-to-five-digit range—should help to match and hopefully exceed that sum this time around.
The Fashion Girls for Japan Second Anniversary Designer Sample Sale will be held Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, from 12 to 7 p.m. at the Bowery Hotel Terrace, 4 East 3rd Street, NYC, (212) 505-9100. For more information, visit www.fashiongirlsforjapan.com. A donation-based admission fee can be purchased online at the Web site or at the door.