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Fashion 4 Development

 Evie Evangelou,

 Evie Evangelou, Co-founder and Global Chair of Fashion 4 Development



Thursday, June 28, 2012 – United Nations, NYC


  Fashion 4 Development (F4D), a global platform that works to advance the United Nations Millennium DevelopmentGoals (MDGs), announced new commitments by fashion industry leaders to the UN Secretary-General-led initiative Every Woman Every Child at a Round Table Discussion and Press Conference at the United Nations, with the support of the Mission of Italy to the UN.

 The Round Table Discussion and Press Conference was led by H.E. Ambassador Cesare Ragaglini, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning, United Nations, Ray Chambers, MDG Advocate and Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria, Evie Evangelou, Co-founder and Global Chair of Fashion 4 Development, and Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia and Goodwill Ambassador for Fashion 4 Development.


Orr, Ragaglini, Chambers, Evangelou and Sozzani expounded on the synergies between private sector engagement, particularly within the fashion industry and the UN.  Sozzani presented and discussed the groundbreaking May/June 2012 issue of L’Uomo Vogue, which was dedicated to the topic of Rebranding Africa, and which featured UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the cover.  Ki-moon launched Every Woman Every Child in 2010.

 New commitments to F4D and the Every Woman Every Child initiative were announced by Janice Sullivan, CEO of EDUN; Ruth deGolia, Executive Director of Mercado Global; Karen Giberson, president of The Accessories Council; Alejandra Cicognani for Illaria Venturini Fendi, president of Carmina Campus; Mimi Crume, VP of Global Communications for Assouline Publishing; Esther Tavor, Co-founder of Frenchway Travel; Alexandra Taylor of the Alexandra Taylor Collection; Voguevert.com;
Fashion Designers Without Borders.

Evangelou and Sozzani presented the latest updates regarding current F4D initiatives, and announced news regarding the second annual First Ladies Luncheon. AnAnnual F4D awareness event taking place this year on September 25th at the Pierre Hotel in NYC, Evangelou announced the co-hosts and topics of this year’s First Ladies Luncheon.

“My esteemed co-hosts this year will be Franca Sozzani, H.E. Toyin Saraki and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway,” with special honored guests including actor Colin Firth and Livia Firth, founder of the Green Carpet Challenge, first ladies of politics, royalty and leading ladies of music, film and fashion from around the globe,” stated Evangelou. “Together, we will announce F4D’s next region of focus in 2013, have a fashion show finale and more…. and we will continue to create awareness for Every Woman Every Child in partnership with the WellBeing Foundation of Africa.”

 Evangelou and Sozzani then proudly announced the organizations new initiatives: the WFDP’s Giving Back Bazaar series in Asia; The Beauty 4 Empowerment Initiative; the F4D Founding Women’s Circle; a partnership with Sustainia to launch the Sustainia Fashion Shoppe; a distribution deal with Yoox.com for African designers; partnership with Pinko in Europe to feature young designer talent; project developments with top designers including Roberto Cavalli, Alberta Ferretti and Donatella Versace; and a partnership with Fcubed to bring
 clean water to Africa.

 F4D’s non-profit arm in Seoul, Korea, WFDP which Evangelou is Chair of, will launch a series of Giving Back Bazaars in Asia in late 2012 led by Kija Chung Vice Chair of WFDP, which will raise money for WFDP’s scholarship programs.  It is planned to launch this Bazaar concept in other continents worldwide by 2015.

 The Beauty 4 Empowerment initiative will be launched and led by F4D’s Vice Chair Dr. Shirley Madhere.  As fashion goes hand-in-hand with beauty, F4D has tapped the beauty industry as well as the fashion industry to help empower, enrich, and educate.  This initiative will expand F4D’s overall reach and will formally launch in the fall of 2012.

 The F4D Founding Women’s Circle will be a select, forward-thinking and powerful group of women who have embraced the F4D ideals.  It will be led by its Chair and Founding Woman, Cassandra Seidenfeld, who will be assembling a group of New York’s elite philanthropists who want to give back and make a genuine difference in the world.

 F4D has partnered with Sustainia an initiative led by the largest think tank in Scandinavia, Monday Morning to develop the Sustainia Fashion Shoppe, which will distribute eco-sustainable fashion from around the globe with a special interest in supporting the distribution of products from developing countries. The formal announcement will be made at the Sustainia Awards in Copenhagen this fall.

 F4D has also worked out a program to supply Uganda with approximately $400,00 in iron supplements and vitamins for pregnant women and small children in need of supplements, and is working with Fcubed to launch a clean water program with the
 Fcubed technology that cleans even the most infested water.

 About Fashion4Development “ Giving Back is the New Luxury”

Fashion 4 Development (“F4D”) is a global awareness campaign that unites diplomacy, media, business and the creative industries for the purpose of helping to achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  F4D is a global platform with partners interested in the universal investment in people and the planet.  In full support of theUnited Nations, F4D seeks to harness the power of the fashion and beauty industries to implement creative strategies for sustainable economic growth and autonomy for individuals and communities worldwide. The core principles that underlie the mission of Fashion 4 Development dare to Educate, Empower, Enhance, and Enrich the lives of all those involved in its cooperative effort.


About Every Woman Every Child

Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, Every Woman Every Child is a global effort that brings together governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector with the aim to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015 and improve the lives of millions more. To date, almost 200 partners have joined Every Woman Every Child. All common efforts put into action the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which presents a roadmap on how to enhance financing, strengthen policy and improve service on the ground for the most vulnerablewomen and children. 



Thursday, June 28th, 2012 – United Nations, NYC



The global fashion brand bringing about positive change through its trading relationship with Africa, founded on the belief that fashion and social responsibility go hand-in-hand.  This was the vision of Ali Hewson and Bono when they conceptualized EDUN over seven years ago, and it continues to be the company mission.


Janice Sullivan, CEO of EDUN, explained that the brand manufactures in seven Africancountries and has a goal of producing at least 40% of the collection in Africa in 2013.  Through the Conservation Cotton Initiative started in 2009, EDUN has supported over 6,000 farmers in northern Uganda.  This program continues to thrive and aims to reach 10,000 farmers by 2015. 


“EDUN is continuously seeking new materials, factories, and artisans throughout Africa in the design and development of its’ fashion collection, and also cares deeply for the people EDUN works with through its 3rd party suppliers and factories,” stated Sullivan.  “We require rigorous compliance standards for safety, health and well-being, and we commit to promote good health practices in support of Every Woman Every Child.”


She continued, “Our belief is that trade creates a sustainable economy that supports families by employing both men and many, many women.  We believe in the role that fashion can play in support of the Millennium Development Goals and we applaud the work of Fashion 4 Development in creating this global platform to advance these goals.”

  Mercado Global

An organization that works in Guatemala in communities with low levels of literacy, high levels of chronic childhood malnutrition, and a widespread lack of access to basic healthcare.


Ruth deGolia, Executive Director of Mercado Global, announced at the Round Table Discussion Mercado Global’s commitment to supporting the efforts of Every Woman Every Child by doubling the number of women and children that Mercado Global engages with, over the next three years.  Mercado Global pledged to launch an Educate to Empower Campaign to bring their business model, in support of the most disadvantaged women, to more communities in Guatemala’s highlands.  In addition, deGolia announced that Mercado Global will recruit more major retailers in the U.S. to join with the current sales partners of Mercado Global in having “profits through principles”- leveraging their market power to source products that sell well, while helping to advance the Millennium Development Goals.


The Accessories Council

A not-for-profit, national advocacy organization with the mission to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for
fashion accessory products.

 Karen Giberson, President of the Accessories Council, announced a commitment to broker partnerships among the Council’s participants and local designers and producers in developing countries, and to support viable and sustainable distribution of fashion products from developing countries through the Council’s members. 

 “The Accessories Council includes 160 fashion brands, retailers, wholesalers and fashion support agencies,” explained Giberson.  “We commit to raise awareness among members on the health and education needs in developing countries. These needs can be met through sustainable engagement and active partnerships with local designers and producers, to promote women’s empowerment and their health, in support of EveryWoman Every Child.”


Carmina Campus

With her new line of bags, fashion scion Illaria Venturini Fendi is spinning cast-off material into chic carryalls- and changing lives in Africa in the process.


Alejandra Cicognani for Illaria Venturini Fendi
 announced that Carmina Campus will increase its production in Africa by a minimum of 20% in 2013.  She pledged to continue to bring her knowledge of fashion design and craftsmanship from Italy to African countries, as well as to Haiti and other developing countries, and announced that she will promote women’s empowerment and health in support of
 Every Woman Every Child.

  Assouline Publishing

Since 1994, Assouline has expanded to publish over 1,000 titles across international markets.  Assouline books are distributed worldwide in the company’s own luxury brand boutiques and fine retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Sotheby’s.


Mimi Crume, VP of Global Communications for Assouline Publishing, announced that within the umbrella of F4D, Assouline is committed to creating public awareness of the creative talent and style that exists in developing countries through beautiful books and special events.  These books and events will aim to inspire public attention, positive branding and consumer purchases of their fashion and lifestyle products.  On September 6th, during Fashion’s Night Out, Assouline and F4D will host their first event celebrating Fashion Books 4 Development, which includes Africa is in Style, at the Assouline Store at the Plaza.

  Frenchway Travel

A travel agency specializing in corporate, group and high-profile client and company travel arrangements.

 Esther Tavor, Co-founder of Frenchway Travel, announced a partnership with Fashion 4 Development to raise awareness among its clients, which include fashion companies, film production companies, modeling agencies, artists and international high-profile clients, on the health and education needs in developing countries. 


“We believe that F4D’s philosophy ‘not charity-just work’ is the most effective way to fight global poverty,” said Tavor.  “Frenchway Travel is delighted and excited to be part of F4D.

 Alexandra Taylor Collection

Alexandra Taylor, a graduate from Parsons The New School for Design, launched her first women’s ready-to-wear collection in 2010 aspiring to merge fashion and philanthropy.


Alexandra Taylor of the Alexandra Taylor Collection committed support to Fashion 4 Development and presented the collaborative F4D shawl, a statement piece that represents her pledge to build sustainable economic growth for disenfranchised men, women, and children through a more socially-conscious fashion initiative. Taylor also declared her commitment to begin working with Fashion 4 Development on a capsule collection, which will be produced in a developing nation to foster needed economic progress. She looks forward to partnering with Fashion 4 Development to ignite a global initiative for change.





An e-commerce company that discovers, collects and curates consciously-created fashion items.  It donates one dollar of every purchased item and 10% of overall profits to the VogueVertCharitableFoundation, which funds scholarships for design students.

 VOGUEVERT.COM announced its commitment to distributing fashion products from developing countries in the effort to increase jobs for women in support of F4D.

Fashion Designers Without Borders

The first travel program offering trips tailored to design industry professionals.

 Fashion Designers Without Borders announced its support of F4D to expand sourcing potential in developing countries.


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