NEW YORK — To celebrate International Women’s Day, Awearness, The Kenneth Cole Foundation will launch a retail and online donation program to raise money for mother and daughter clients of Help USA.
Beginning Saturday, the two-week program encourages customers to donate $10 in exchange for a 20 percent discount of their full-price purchases. Funds raised from the program will be used to send young women in need to leadership workshops. The workshops, run by the Girls Leadership Institute, teach women communications skills necessary to build healthy relationships and ultimately become leaders in their communities.
Kenneth Cole, a father of three daughters, said he knows firsthand how important it is to equip the next generation of young women with the skills to become tomorrow’s leaders. “Organizations like Help USA and Girls Leadership Institute are critical in making this happen,” said Cole.
As one of the U.S.’s largest builders and operators of transitional and low-income permanent housing, Help USA provides job training and social services for the homeless and victims of domestic violence to help break the cycle of dependency and enable clients to reclaim their lives. Funds raised from the program will send clients of Help USA to workshops run by GLI.
“At a time when homelessness among families is at an all-time high, investment in leadership and skills training for women and girls is especially important,” says Maria Cuomo Cole, chairman of Help USA and Cole’s wife.
All funds raised from the program will be donated to Awearness, The Kenneth Cole Foundation with the first $30,000 allocated to Help USA in support of GLI. Additional funds raised through the program will be donated to other charities worldwide.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
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