I happened to be there during cherry blossom season which made everything more magically Japanese. I think my favourite part about Japan was how diverse it was, and the harmonious marriage of modern vs traditional. I loved that you could walk down a street in Tokyo and have a 1000 year old shrine strike your interest and take you back into a vision of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, while steps later you could find yourself shopping in Shibuya and feeling like you were in the bustle of Time Square - Geisha vs Harajuku. This country truly touched me and it saddens me that some of my memories from this travel will have to always remain memories. The light at the end of the tunnel for me is the amazing efforts and contributions that individuals and companies have been making to help Japan and send relief, particularly in the fashion industry...
Bellissima Fashions has launched an amazing social media campaign. All you have to do is "Like" their Facebook page and Bellissima is donating a dollar for every "Like" to Doctors without Boarders. As a family owned company i can appreciate that this retailer could easily be using their ad dollars to launch a photo shoot campaign or billboard campaign - instead they were able to get the customer involved and make a difference for a country in need. www.facebook.com/BellissimaFashions
Park (Promoting Artist Redefining Kulture) is also doing their part and holding a fashion event on April 7th. The tickets are 30 bucks and their will be a silent auction, all profits are going to the Red Cross.
Thursday, April 7 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Gerry Thomas Gallery
602 11 Avenue SW
PARK & the Gerry Thomas Gallery have teamed up to host a fund-raising event to aid relief efforts in Japan:
Silent Auction featuring several local designers & artists
Exclusive Show Room Presentation of Caitlin Power's A/W 2011 Collection
Purchase Tickets Online: www.tickettrunk.com/buy/85
Tickets also available at the door
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Appetizers will be provided
All profits from the event, all proceeds from the silent auction, and 10% of gallery art work sold will be donated to the Red Cross to aid victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami
Sometimes its hard to find money or time to donate to a cause - however I think it is pretty easy to "like" a page of a company committed to facilitating relief. Or attending a fun filled night of fashion. So i hope that we can spread the word about the Bellissima Facbook page, or maybe I will see you at the Park show :)
I have posted a few fun pics below of my trip to Japan - I apologize for the the blonde hair in advance... it was my "California phase"