STUART WEITZMAN teams up with Pencils of Promise to raise funds and build schools
Fashion and philanthropy have often played a synergistic role from the industry coming together to battle viral epidemics, with events like 7th on Sale, to designers donating proceeds on key items to support children programs. This season designer Stuart Weitzman and crew have done the latter, offering a limited addition sandal to benefit the building of three schools in partnership with Pencils of Promise (PoP).
With a mission to create schools, programs and global communities around the common goal of education, Pencils of Promise has built over 330 schools and provided access to education to more than 30,000 students throughout Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ghana. That is no small number and Stuart Weitzman is looking to add to it by building out three new schools: one each in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos.
Philanthropy has always been at the heart and “sole” of our company, and we have a history of giving back to meaningful causes relating to women’s health, children and education.
We have partnered with POP because they don’t just do charity work – they make investments in the communities and train and empower locals to create self-sustaining schools and projects. The bottom line is that better education means better lives.
We believe that education, which can start with something as simple as handing a pencil to a child, can make the world a better place.
To kick off the program Stuart Weitzman is offering up a NEARLYNUDE block-heel sandal done in pencil yellow, of course, as the exclusive item to help fund the program, which kicked off with a private dinner Monday night at Sadelle’s in New York. The house’s spring campaign stars, Joan Smalls and Gigi Hadid, were in attendance as well as Bella Hadid, Solange Knowles, Emmy Rossum, Olivia Culpo, Olivia Palermo, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, and Devon Windsor.
The program is a friendly reminder of the power of fashion, the responsibility and ownership successful brands, and how taking a simple step forward, be it a brand a footwear house or not, can do good in the world.
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