This Weekend: Ahkun Pop-Up to Benefit Lower Eastside Girls Club

Posted on: July 30th, 2011 at 12:17 pm by

Shopping sustainably at budget prices is the theme of this weekend’s pop-up event to benefit the Lower Eastside Girls Club.  Head over to 56 East First Street today and tomorrow, between 11 am and 6 pm.

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Ahkun, a New York City nonprofit, wants to prove that socially responsible style can be both fashionable and affordable. On July 30 and 31, Ahkun will host a pop-up sale event featuring carefully curated clothing and accessories from independent designers, sustainable brands and fair trade organizations. Ten percent of sales will be contributed to artisans abroad through the micro-lending website Kiva.

Participants include: Study NY by Tara St. James, winner of the 2011 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award for Sustainable Design; Indego Africa, a social enterprise that partners with women artisans in Rwanda on products for brands like Nicole Miller and Anthropologie; and Made by Survivors, a nonprofit that provides survivors of sex trafficking with employment and education.

This event is being held in cooperation with the New York City Fair Trade Coalition, Kiva New York Lending Team and Lower Eastside Girls Club. Each vendor has pledged 10 percent of sales to Kiva, a micro-lending website that lets individuals make small loans to entrepreneurs around the world. According to Nguyen, “Ahkun brings consumers closer to the origins of the things they buy. Our pop-up shop will prove that there’s more to New York fashion than just Fifth Avenue and Fashion Week. When you know that your purchase has a positive impact on the person who created it, it becomes much more meaningful.”

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