It’s like this: a while back I was flipping through TV stations and came across a news story about an organization called Free the Girls. Started by Kimba Langas and Dave Terpstra it provides financial independence to women who have gotten out of sex trafficking. This is a cause that is very near and dear to me and so I decided to host an event. Now you’re asking: how does it work and what do bras have to do with it?
In many regions of the world people buy their clothes second-hand in the markets. Because women don’t traditionally give away their bras (and most charities don’t accept them) bras are hard to come by and thus fetch more money. Starting in Mozambique, Africa and now expanding, Free the Girls will take the donated bras and give them to the women who were formerly trafficked to sell and make a living.
Through StyleDefined NYC I have met so many people and saw this as a great way to make a little difference in the world and invite everyone I know to participate. I invited my friends, Abigail and Emily aka The WanderLust Girls (in the photo above wearing bex NYC) to host the event with me. We’re having the party as part of Susanne Bartsch’s amazing Top of the Standard along with Michael Fragoso. BUST Magazine will also be there with complimentary issues for you!
Realizing not everyone wants to party into the wee hours on a Tuesday evening (though I don’t know why not ;) ) we contacted Ina of INA designer consignment boutiques to see if they’d be willing to be an official drop off for bras, and she agreed. So between now and July 23rd you can drop off a bra and a dollar at INA Chelsea or INA Noho as well! –The dollar is to help with the costs of sending the bras to Africa and elsewhere!
Tweet this link with hashtags #BexNYC & #FreeTheGirls or comment below for a chance to win a giftbag from bex NYC which will include a bra, panties, giftcard and a bottle of champagne !
Hope to see you ON TOP on the 23rd to help Free the Girls!