Where does a young, clean-cut crowd go on a Thursday after work?
Charity shopping night, of course — and last week it was at J. McLaughlin on 72nd Street and Lexington Avenue. The fashion specialty shop, known for all-American classics but lately showing some contemporary leanings, was packed with about 150 men and women, twentysomethings and thirtysomethings mostly from the Young Patrons of Save the Children.
“The event is a kick-off to the first Young Patrons Save the Children’s gala on May 18 at the Central Park Zoo,” said J. McLaughlin’s chief executive officer Mary Ellen Coyne.
“Save the Children is celebrating its 100th anniversary. It was founded in England during World War I,” noted Kevin McLaughlin, cofounder of the McLaughlin brand and its creative director.
The Save the Children charity is dedicated to the well-being of children around the world and works to make sure that displaced children, including refugees, don’t go without schooling for more than 30 days.
The May event committee includes Hayden Arnot, Bobby Arnot, John Bailey, Lily Baker, Lion Creel, Remi Evarts, Will Hayden, Cameron Ross, Janie Warnock, Cecily Waud and Esme Yozell.
“Working with the Young Patrons for the benefit of Save the Children is a refreshing way to start the season,” said McLaughlin, adding that the event also kicked off J. McLaughlin’s April 2018 collection and style guide which was shot in Bermuda, one of his favorite destinations.
Apropos to the tropical theme, Gosling’s Dark ‘n’ Stormy was the specialty cocktail of the night, helping to get the crowd in the shopping mood. Fifteen percent of the night’s proceeds were donated to Save the Children, The Return to Learning Fund.
“Save the Children is committed to ensuring every last child gets the opportunity to learn,” said Save the Children president and ceo Carolyn Miles. “Education sets children up for success and provides refugee children with hope for the future.”