"I'm a born and bred New Yorker. I raised my family here and started my business here. The tri-state area is home to thousands of our employees and our customers and we have a special and personal relationship with the affected areas," said the 73-year-old Bronx-born designer in a statement. "We want to support the selfless work of so many agencies, professionals and volunteers and hope that these donations will make it easier for our cities to rebuild and recover."
The donation has been split between the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, the Robin Hood Relief Fund, the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, as well as local organisations for relief and rebuilding efforts in New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island and Westchester County. In addition, Ralph Lauren has set up an employee matching programme with the American Red Cross for up to $1 million and will work closely with selected organisations for "in-kind donations" of clothing and other necessities.
Similarly, Gap Inc has donated $1 million — $25,000 worth of clothing and $750,000 in cash — to aid relief efforts. "Our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy, including thousands of our employees throughout the region," said Glenn Murphy, CEO of Gap Inc. "We are proud to support the good work being done by the American Red Cross, and hope these contributions will make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering."
— The Telegraph
Beckham and Topshop Snag Top Awards
This year has already been a brilliant year to be British, as Brits scooped the top gongs at the Global Fashion Awards.
Victoria Beckham was named the Womenswear Designer of the Year, the Hall of Fame award went to Londoner and photographer Rankin for his incredible contribution to fashion, and hot British high street brand Topshop took home the Womenswear Design Team award. The Global Fashion Awards recognise and reward brilliance in fashion and retail design across the globe. They are the only fashion awards that enable the winners to lay claim to being the best in the world in their field because they are voted for by a panel of industry specialists. This is the first year that the awards have been held in the UK and the Savoy ballroom provided a suitably stylish backdrop for the event which was hosted by Cat Deeley and attended by fashion-mad celebrities including Pixie Lott, Joanne Froggatt and Mr Hudson as well as the crème de la crème of the design world. Victoria Beckham couldn't be there in person top pick up her impressive award — she was obviously too busy being fashionable somewhere else — but she did tweet her delight to organisers. Celebrity and fashion photographer John Rankin Waddell did make an appearance though tweeting pictures of his neighbour VV Brown's name place to his fans. Other winners at the prestigious industry event included Charlotte Olympia for Footwear & Accessories designer and Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton for Menswear designer.
— Daily Mail
Toys "R" Us brings maternity fashion to the Babies "R" brand
Toys "R" Us Inc has announced its partnership with the Thyme Maternity — a leading maternity fashion brand from Canada — to create a new line of dedicated maternity boutiques in the Babies "R" Us stores. The Thyme Maternity line features a comprehensive collection of fashions catering to the mom-to-be and her changing body shape — including belted cardigans, denim-wear, dresses, sleepwear and lingerie. The Thyme Maternity line features a comprehensive collection of fashions catering to the mom-to-be and her changing body shape — including belted cardigans, denim-wear, dresses, sleepwear and lingerie. The brand is already available via the Babies "R" Us website. Also in the works, a new line of in-store boutiques in more than 145 Babies "R" Us outlets. The Maternity and More stores will range in size from 250 square feet to 1,000 square feet. The stores are slated to debut "in the coming weeks," Toys "R" Us states.
— Biz Journals