Throughout NYFW Fashion Week, I spotted people around the tents (and a number of designers), sporting the “Fashion for Haiti” tees which sold for $25 with net proceeds going to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. The tees were repeatedly plugged on air when QVC did a live broadcast from the Bryant Park tents, and countless celebs and designers, including Beyonce and Rachel Roy, appeared in widely circulated viral videos.
In light of such a devastating tragedy, it was refreshing to see people from all sides come together for such a great cause. Now it’s being reported that, thanks to fashion retailers like American Apparel, Armani Exchange, Free People, and Forever 21, Fashion Delivers for Haiti has raised $20 million of donated apparel and home furnishing goods for in-need people in Haiti.
Separate from the CFDA-organized Fashion for Haiti, Fashion Delivers was founded after Hurricane Katrina, and coordinates apparel and home furnishing donations for victims of natural disasters. The hope is that they will raise another $5 million worth of goods (especially lightweight men’s and women’s apparel, underwear, socks, sheets, towels, and blankets).
Efforts are ongoing, and companies that would like to donate to the Fashion Delivers’ Haiti effort can go to fashiondelivers.org or call 212-629-6700, ext. 221, to get a donation form. Fashion for Haiti shirts can be purchased online or in-store. For a list of retailers, go to cfda.com/fashion-for-haiti.