Friday, October 23, 2009

Are You Still Wondering What Housing Works Is?

(NEW YORK) Housing Works is a best-kept shopping secret for chic New Yorkers, with serious steals to be found after just a bit of digging. But just as rewarding as any gently used Marc Jacobs shoes is the fact that proceeds from shopping at the thrift shops provides services such as housing, food, medical, HIV prevention and job training to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. On Thursday, November 19, the organization will host its Fashion for Action Opening Night Benefit, followed by a weekend of shopping at a public sample sale at the Chelsea branch of the chain. Co-chaired by Derek Lam and sponsored by Essence magazine, the sale will offer over $1 million worth of merchandise donated by over 150 designers, like Acne, Band of Outsiders, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld, Diesel, Bloomingdale's, and more.

"I am honored to be a part of this year's Fashion for Action benefit," said Lam in a statement. "Housing Works is a remarkable organization that is dedicated to helping homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. I encourage everyone to join me in raising money for this important cause." Tickets for the opening benefit, which includes cocktails, sample sale shopping, and a silent auction, start at $100 and are available now at


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