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Fashion for Conservation: Inspiracion Del Peru

23 May

On May 11th Fashion for Conservation took place at the Metropolist.  This show’s proceeds were donated to Hoja Nueva, a Seattle-Peru based charity, which benefits the conservation of the largest unprotected rainforest.

Many of the designers showed us bold patterns and bright colors.


Photo by Samuel S. Grahn

A few of the designers were Claudia Falconi, whose handmade designs are inspired by Peru, Las Polleras De Agus who gave us colorful Peruvian skirts, and Beyond Threads, who uses natural sustainable Fibers, also inspired by Peru.


Photo by Samuel S. Grahn.

My favorite designer was Beyond Threads. The patterns were simple, sophisticated and had a lot of earthy tones. I could see myself wearing the collection to work.


Photo by Samuel S. Grahn

I was unable to stay for the second Fashion Show, which showed us Couture. There are several photos that give us a peek at that show. I’ll add a few below. Amazing designs.

There was also a silent auction with Peruvian bowls, art, jewelery and much more up for auction. This event raised over 15,000 dollars. For more info on Hoja Nueva, click here.

Reveal Fashion Show at the EMP

5 May

Last Friday April 29th EMP had a fashion show to celebrate fashion and it’s role in the culture of Seattle. There was also a live auction where proceeds would go to programs and exhibits fostering creativity.

We were introduced to the auctioneer who auctioned off some amazing experiences, like tickets to Leonardo DiCaprio’s new movie premier in LA. That had to have been the best item in my humble opinion. He also auctioned off tickets to the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. In addition, there were several other items for sale, like Taylor Swift’s signed guitar and tickets to the Grammys. Clothing from the designers featured in the runway show were available for purchase as well.

The designs on the runway were fresh, sassy, and bold. Each line had their own character and style.

Schai uses vegetable dyed animal skins and Italian fabric in her collection. Her style is cutting edge and it represents her beliefs about beauty and comfort.


Photo by Brady Harvey/EMP Museum

Built For Man showed us what it’s really like to be a bad ass, with their leather jumpsuits. The designer knows comfort, using natural fibers for his collection, which is modern and light fitting.


photo by Brady Harvey/EMP Museum

Tom Ordonio’s clothing line is both modern and fashion forward. His clothing is stylish yet has a bold simplicity to it. You can make a statement in these clothes. His clothing gives you confidence.


Photo by Brady Harvey/EMP Museum

You can be sure to show individuality with Ozen’s designs. His items are all hand-crafted ranging from every day wear to custom-made. You will definitely turn heads wearing any of his items.


Photo by Brady Harvey/EMP Museum

The designer’s love for the Pacific Northwest shows through in Silvae’s collection. She loves the fine arts and is inspired by the wilderness. There is a soft elegance to her pieces.


Photo by Brady Harvey/EMP Museum

EMP raised over $59,000 from this event. For more info on EMP, click here.

InterIm ICDA Gala Fundraiser

10 Jul

On June 11th 2011, the Refresh 2011 Annual Dinner and Auction for InterIm CDA took place. This fundraiser was at the Grand Hyatt and at least 200 people were in attendance.

There was a live auction, silent auction and a Dessert Dash at this event. I was responsible for the dessert dash. My responsibilities included procuring desserts, creating map of pick up sites, meeting with Fundraising Manager and Event Planner, Nancy Ko and board members to discuss logistics, shopping for decor, and set-up of dessert dash table.

I called Seattle restaurants and bakeries with good reviews on Yelp to ask for donations to this auction as well as visit their businesses.

During the dessert dash, each guest at a table gives money to their table’s “money pot”, and the table with the most money gets first pick of a dessert of their choice.

The Dessert Dash raised over $4100 for InterIm CDA. This organization provides community development and low-income housing for the International District. It was my pleasure to be part of such a great cause.

Thank you to all the dessert donors listed below…

The Palomino

Jodee’s Desserts

Seattle Pie Company

Odd Fellows

Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company


The Essential Baking Company

Sweetness Catering

Meena Mathis

Top Pot Dougnuts


Pete’s Perfect Toffee

Luxe Lollies

Ray’s Boathouse

Bakery Nouveau

Irwin’s Bakery

Piroshky Piroshky

Macrina Bakery

Richard Loo

Tom Im

Julie Lee

Special thank you to all the volunteers that helped set-up for the dessert dash. Thanks for your hard work.

For more information on InterIm ICDA go to

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