The fashion world may be a judgmental community, but let it never be said that it is an uncaring one. Fashion Delivers, the four-year-old relief charitable foundation that distributes excess clothing to needy individuals and families all around the globe, is issuing a massive open call to designers and stores to donate “lightweight apparel” for men, women, and children in response to the epic catastrophe still unfolding in Haiti. The group is also calling for “underwear, socks, sheets (all sizes) and throws or lightweight blankets as well as baseball caps, sneakers, sandals, and sleepwear” — basically anything and everything the people of the island nation will need over the coming days, weeks, and years to stay clothed. Already Brooklyn-based retailer Bird has pledged to donate clothes on sale and 10 percent of all its sales this weekend to the cause. While the team is still working on other arrangements with boutiques and producers, with people like Sean Combs, Russell Simmons, and others on their board of directors, more high-profile campaigns should be coming soon.
For more information or to donate, visit www.fashiondelivers.org.