Posts Tagged ‘charity’

Style Society – Interview With Sarah Leigh

March 19, 2010


Sunday 14th March saw Style Society, a fashion and live music event put on by dear friend of the Fold Sarah Leigh, descend upon Orange Rooms, Southampton. Seeing as the night was such a success, we felt it necessary to have a quick chat with Sarah about the night – the highs, the lows and plans for the future.


Just for the benefit of our readers, what exactly was Style Society?

In a nutshell, Style Society was, and will be a bi-annual event created to enjoy the talent of Southampton’s local fashion brands and professionals, artists and musicians – to put all this creativity under one roof for an informal evening of networking and entertainment.

What inspired you to put this event on in the first place?

The concept came about when I started my blog; Sarah-Leigh’s Style Files. I’ve been working in the fashion industry for a few years now and wanted a space to document my day to day experiences, sights and give my opinion on things I’m passionate about. The blog has proved successful and I have found it a great platform to promote local fashion and design talent and to speak about up and coming names. It was this idea that lead me to think about putting an event on; to gather many of my friends and contacts together in one location and empower them to show off their skills to a live audience, promote themselves and have a really great time while they do it. Initially I discussed the idea with Sophie Penn, my friend and a Southampton-based writer and stylist, who was also looking to do something locally too to promote herself and the designers she regularly uses, and Style Society was born.


What was the biggest highlight of the night for you?

The highlight was seeing it all come together at about 7pm! We’d spent the whole day setting up Orange Rooms, the bar where the event was held, to house all of our exhibitors and entertainment, not to mention 4 months planning it all, and to see everyone in place and guests start arriving was so rewarding. It looked just how I’d imagined.

What was the biggest headache you encountered?

The biggest headache in the run-up to the event was the fact that it was on a Sunday, and Mothering Sunday to be exact! As far as promoting was concerned, we really had our work cut out, but this just meant that we ensured our event had something for everyone (Mums too), and that there was enough entertainment to ensure people stayed all night long!

On the day space was a small headache, just because of the number of people involved, and we wanted to make sure everyone has a great location to promote their products or services. Room was a little tight, but it turned out fantastically!

In hindsight, what would you choose to do differently, if anything?

In hindsight, I would have been aware of the date of Mothering Sunday! Although the event was a huge success, it could have been one less thing to worry about!

How well suited do you feel Southampton is as a city to hold events such as these?

To be honest, Southampton has an unfair reputation of lacking creativity, but I wanted to prove that there is an underground scene here, with hoards of fantastic artists, singers, fashion designers and stores looking to spread their message and inspire others. In Solent University, we have a hotbed of creative talent emerging, and the event was just as much about promoting this as established organizations.


Style Society featured live art, illustrators, vintage boutiques, live music and DJs. If there is the possibility of a follow-up event sometime in the future, are there any other avenues you’d particularly like to explore?

I would love to do another event, perhaps in the summer, so that we could have some of the entertainment outdoors – a fashion festival would be ideal!! Its early days, put I’ve got my planning hat back on already! I would love to include more designers, brands and bands who have now approached me, and really I think there’s room for all kinds of creative outlet – as long as it fits with the ethos of Style Society.

How much money did you raise altogether? Where will it be going?

On the night we raised around £900, which is just fantastic – I’m overwhelmed by the people who came out and supported the event. Donations are still pouring in this week, and so we look set to hit our £1000 goal. £1000 will aid Oxfam to build a classroom in one of the world’s poorest communities – I strongly support education, and this overall aim fitted perfectly with our support of promoting emerging individuals.

What has the reaction been from the people that contributed on the night?

Everyone I have spoke to, that was involved with the event has been so kind and generous following it, and have all offered their services for next time. I think we’ve found a fantastic set of people who have a lot in common and have proved to be quite a forceful collective!

Any plans to put another event on in the future?

Yes I thinks so, Sophie and I would love to repeat Style Society, and there are a few more charity and networking orientated events I’ve been asked to get involved with. This has been the first event I planned beginning to end, and let’s just say I’ve caught the bug – stay tuned to Sarah-Leigh’s Style Files for news!

Visit Sarah’s blog for full coverage of the night!


Hozell for Haiti – Graphic T-Shirts

January 20, 2010


This is the Hozell for Haiti t-shirt… with proceeds going to The Red Cross and other relief efforts to help the people of Haiti during this time of need.

If you’re like us, you wish you could donate endlessly… but don’t have the spare cash to throw down. We’re creating this t-shirt so you can help the cause and get a great looking tee out of the deal.

If you can… get one for yourself, one for a friend, one for your mailman, your gardener, the guy at the gas station, and so on.

[though this item isn’t being custom constructed at 100% of our standard hozell retail quality (to keep the cost down and raise more money), these shirts are still soft as hell and super comfortable]

Available here.


Vogue UK February 2010 Issue – Nick Knight & Natalia Vodianova

January 10, 2010


These images are simply stunning. I’ve always loved Nick Knight’s work; while studying fashion photography at university his style was one of the ones that immediately struck a chord with me and provided inspiration to carry it forward. The idea of the shoot is to raise awareness for Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation, which aims to provide safe and clean recreational spaces for Russian children.

The fairytale dresses which form the centrepiece of this editorial are donated by brands such as Chanel, Valentino and Prada, and will be auctioned off at an event this April with all proceeds going to Naked Heart.






via fashiongonerogue.


Audrey Hepburn Auction

November 30, 2009


OK first of all, I think we should all take a moment to fully appreciate and acknowledge the beauty that is Audrey Hepburn. I mean we’ve all seen that picture, which is why I didn’t want to use it to illustrate this post… I chose the one above, purely because when I saw it I was struck by the sheer magnificence of it. Audrey Hepburn – classic, overwhelming beauty in every sense of the word.

Now, onto business.

In order to raise funds for All Children In School, a joint venture between Unicef and The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund, an auction of some of her most iconic dresses is being held at La Galleria on Pall Mall in London on 8th December at 2pm. All auction items are to be exhibited beforehand on the 6th between 12-5pm and on the 7th between 9am-5pm.

On offer are 36 classic vintage pieces from the likes of Valentino, Elizabeth Arden and Givenchy, as well as letters, accessories and a wedding dress designed by the Fontana Sisters for her wedding to James Hanson; easily the star attraction. Such pieces are likely to fetch a pretty penny – in 2006 her Givenchy gown from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s fetched £467,200 at auction.

Full details of the exhibition and auction can be found here.


Adidas, Puma and World Peace

September 17, 2009

Herzogenaurach might not be top of everyone’s holiday destination list this year, but this unassuming German town was the birthplace of two of the world’s largest sportswear brands; Adidas and Puma. In a totally unprecedented move, employees from the two companies are set to participate in a football match to mark Peace One Day, a global peace initiative conceived in 1999 by film-maker Jeremy Gilley.


Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day, with children from an orphanage in Baidoa, Somalia

He wanted to find a starting point for world peace, and believed that the best way to do this would be to have a single annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence; a wish granted in 2001 when the 192 United Nations member states unanimously agreed to adopt 21st September as that day.

Adi & Rudolf Dassler

The feud between Adidas and Puma stretches back over 60 years, when Adi and Rudolf Dassler, two brothers from Herzogenaurach, went their separate ways after founding Gebrueder Dassler Sportschuhfabrik, a textile plant in their town. Adi went on to set up Adidas, Rudolf founded Puma, and the two never spoke again; they are even buried at opposite ends of the town’s graveyard.

Executives at both brands believed that the symbolic coming together of the two companies after so many years would be a fitting way of raising awareness of and paying tribute to Peace One Day 2009, which takes place this coming Monday.

Peace One Day