The Gifts That Keep On Giving

Once November hits, you know what that means…it’s all about holiday. And now that we’re well into the month, you really can’t avoid it. So if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right? With a very cool charitable designer collaboration launching soon, I thought it was the perfect time to share with you some of my favorite gifts that keep on giving.

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Shop To Benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief

If you have watched any TV, gotten on the Internet or spoken to anyone in the last week or so I’m sure you know how hard hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. The extent of my current events knowledge rarely surpasses E! News but even I have been tuning into CNN and other news channels every day since.


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4 Designers 4 CURE at p45

On October 19th, p.45 (one of my favorite Chicago boutiques) celebrates its 14th birthday with the launch of 4 Designers 4 CURE. This will feature exclusive products that benefit CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy). Because of p45 founder Tricia Tunstall’s personal connection to the cause, she invited four designers to create custom pieces, including CFDA-winning milliner Eugenia Kim, inspired by the organization’s signature color red.

Eugenia Kim will offer 45  limited-edition “Daniella” headbands (pictured below) with 100% of proceeds going towards CURE. These can be purchased both online and in store. Each headband will also be autographed by Eugenia herself!


Other “4 Designers 4 CURE” items include Lizzie Fortunato‘s signature mix of materials in a key chain charm, a crescent moon on a red leather cord by Sarah McGuire, and a Abigail Glaum-Lathbury knit dress in her well-known architectural style.

Check out p45 at 1643 N. Damen and visit for more information.

Maison Martin Margiela Charity AIDS T-Shirt

On December 1, Maison Martin Margiela will launch a limited edition charity AIDS T-shirt in Japanese for world AIDS day.

The idea behind these t-shirts is that while most t-shirts have a visible slogan that is obvious from a distance, these t-shirts require some sort of dialogue to understand what they are all about. When worn, it is unclear what the text says because most of it is inside at the back of the V-neckline. The point is to get the dialogue going with regards to HIV and AIDS awareness.

A portion of the sales will be donated to AIDES, a French organization dedicated to fight the HIV virus and take care of patients living with HIV and AIDS.

The Japanese t-shirt is the first of many more special edition tees that will be launched once a year in a different language for World AIDS day.

Created in Paris and sold around the world, this limited edition charity AIDS t-shirt will be exclusively available in all Maison Martin Margiela stores.

Photos courtesy of Staff USA