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FASHION for ACTION relief for New York

Indeed, charitable shopping does exist. The rich and famous like to help out, but let’s be honest – donating money, or better yet, making a purchase with a purpose, is the more popular style. Fashion for Action was specifically designed to benefit New Yorkers in need. The five day event featuring a silent auction + sale was hosted by Housing Works with support from Honorary Chair Thom Browne and Co-chairs Patricia Clarkson, Cat Greenleaf, Dree Hemingway and Natalie Joos.

THOM BROWNE | PATRICIA CLARKSON | Fashion for Action nyc

Fashion designers Malan Breton and Loris Diran as well as Alex McCord of Real Housewives NYC made an appearance at the opening night reception that took place on Wednesday, November 7th at the Altman Building in Chelsea. Black Fleece, Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, Theory and Band of Outsiders all donated items to be auctioned off for the cause.

In the days that followed, a sale was held at the Chelsea Thrift Store November 8th through 11th with 250 participating brands including: Armani Exchange, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Costello Tagliapietra, Diesel, Lacoste, LeSportsac, Levi Strauss & Co., Libertine, MaxMara, Montblanc, Paul Smith, Tadashi Shoji, and Tom Ford.

The event raised funds for Housing Works homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy , 20% of sales for Fashion for Action event will go toward relief efforts in Staten Island and the Far Rockaways. Housing Works Health Centers are providing medical services in the aftermath of this crisis, which goes hand in hand with their mission using advocacy to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS. Written by Sarah Freiseis. Photos of Fashion for Action, Getty Images, courtesy of Housing Works.

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