“Project Runway: Season Nine” winner Anya Ayoung-Chee is as well known for her good works as she is for creating good looking clothing. The former Miss Trinidad & Tobago, and current fashion designer, was on hand in New York City for the annual Amp It Up charity event on Thursday night.
Ayoung-Chee, along with many other designers, celebrities and philanthropists, were guests of Able Made at Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster where the Amp It Up event has being held. The group hosted a panel discussion on how to seamlessly integrate social responsibility into the worlds of fashion, music, and food. The discussion was led by Chef Marcus Samuelsson and the co-chair of the CFDA’s Sustainability Committee, Melissa Joy Manning.
Anya Ayoung-Chee has collaborated with Able Made in the past. Earlier this year it was announced that Ayoung-Chee created a 100% silk scarf on behalf of the group. Anya based her scarf design on an illustration of Masai warriors by Singaporean artist Anwar Rafiee.
“As soon as I saw the Masai warrior,” Anya said in a statement about the Able Made scarves, “I knew I wanted to use it for one of my designs, because she exudes an energy and vibe that I love to show through my clothes.”
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The proceeds from the sales of the Anya Ayoung-Chee designer scarf go to support The Tallman Foundation. This group, started by Anya’s family, aims to bring the arts and other creative endeavors to economically poor and other-wise under served communities.
In the past year alone, with support from Anya Ayoung-Chee and other groups such as Lauren Bush’s FEED Foundation, Able Made has been able to give a months’ worth of education and training to twelve former human trafficking victims, send one hundred and twenty children to school, and provide over three thousand healthy meals to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Anya Ayoung-Chee presented one of her Able Made silk scarves to Chef Marcus Samuelsson. Able Made is planning on teaming up with Samuelsson’s Three Goats Foundation in the near future. Anya Ayoung-Chee’s $60 Masai Warrior scarf is available for pre-order, along with many other socially conscious goods, online here at the Able Made website.
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