CLOTHES CALL: Kenneth Cole has dedicated this month to collecting clothes and shoes for the homeless.

Throughout February, customers are invited to bring in “gently worn” shoes or clothing to any Kenneth Cole New York store, as well as participating Tower Records units. The items will benefit HELP USA, a provider of housing, job training and placement services for homeless families. Customers who make donations will receive a 20 percent discount on nonsale merchandise at these stores.

This is the 10th year Kenneth Cole Productions has reserved the month of February for a HELP USA initiative. During that time, the firm has collected more than 500,000 pairs of shoes for the cause.

FASHION THEATER: Later this month, fashion will once again take the stage as Quebec Fashion Theatre holds its first production in the U.S., after being rescheduled due to the events of Sept. 11.

Using theatrical settings, such as music and bright lights, the show will feature 12 one-act plays showcasing designers’ collections. The participating designers are: Shan, Luk La Roche, Margaret M., Oscar Leopold, Frett Design, Mondor, Tavan and Mitto, Harricana by Mariuoche, Dubuc, Dino Gaspari, Hilary Radley and Louben.

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 25, at the Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street in New York.

Denise Bigo, marketing officer for the government of Quebec, said events like Fashion Theatre are designed to raise awareness about Quebec’s culture and commerce.

“It’s a concept that’s never been done before in the U.S.,” she said. “We picked this because it was a Montreal concept that was very well-received.”

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