Style with a conscience: a pop-up sale event featuring fair trade organizations, independent designers + sustainable brands + gourmet popsicles!
SATURDAY, JULY 30-31 11AM - 6PM LOWER EASTSIDE GIRLS CLUB (56 East 1st Street b/t 1st & 2nd Ave)
10 percent of sales will be donated to artisans abroad through Kiva.
Featuring fashion and accessories from: Afia Ahkun Auralis Studio Holstee Indego Africa Lolafalk Lynore Store Made By Survivors Simply Nu Study NY Tompkins Point Apparel Viva La Vida NY
With support from: NYC Fair Trade Coalition Kiva New York Lending Team Lower Eastside Girls Club
Sustainable style pop-up proves that you can shop fashionably and responsibly without breaking the bank
New York, NY – July 12, 2011 – Ahkun, a New York City nonprofit, wants to prove that socially responsible style can be both fashionable and affordable. On July 30 and 31, Ahkun will host a pop-up sale event featuring carefully curated clothing and accessories from independent designers, sustainable brands and fair trade organizations. Ten percent of sales will be contributed to artisans abroad through the micro-lending website Kiva.
“Ahkun’s summer pop-up celebrates New York’s vibrant community of artisans and entrepreneurs who create beautiful items and are committed to giving back,” says Anh-Thu Nguyen, Ahkun’s Co-Founder and Executive Director. The pop-up will be held Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Lower Eastside Girls Club space at 56 East 1st Street.
Participants include: Study NY by Tara St. James, winner of the 2011 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for Sustainable Design; Indego Africa, a social enterprise that partners with women artisans in Rwanda on products for brands like Nicole Miller and Anthropologie; and Made by Survivors, a nonprofit that provides survivors of sex trafficking with employment and education.
Other pop-up vendors include Afia, Auralis Studio, Holstee, Lolafalk, Lynore Routte, Simply Nu, Tompkins Point Apparel and Viva La Vida NY.
Shoppers can expect to find handwoven ikat skirts from Study NY ($150, marked down from $315); the brand new Delhi Rang upcycled wallet from Holstee ($25); and lightweight Cambodian krama scarves from Ahkun ($22).
This event is being held in cooperation with the New York City Fair Trade Coalition, Kiva New York Lending Team and Lower Eastside Girls Club. Each vendor has pledged 10 percent of sales to Kiva, a micro-lending website that lets individuals make small loans to entrepreneurs around the world. According to Nguyen, “Ahkun brings consumers closer to the origins of the things they buy. Our pop-up shop will prove that there’s more to New York fashion than just Fifth Avenue and Fashion Week. When you know that your purchase has a positive impact on the person who created it, it becomes much more meaningful.”
*** Ahkun is a nonprofit that connects artisans and entrepreneurs with the global marketplace. Through our online store Ahkun.org, we promote ethical consumption and give entrepreneurs from the developing world access to a larger market and greater share of profits. For more information, visit us at http://www.ahkun.org.