Industry News: London College of Fashion joins forces with leading adoption and fostering charity to raise money to help vulnerable children
London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) are delighted to announce that, for the first time, they will be collaborating on the charity’s annual “Bag Ladies” designer handbag auction to raise funds to help find permanent families for thousands of children who are waiting to be fostered or adopted.
Three students from LCF’s BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation course are designing bespoke, one off handbags, which will be sold on the night giving guests the chance to own a bag by a star of the future. While students from the BA (Hons) Fashion Public Relations and Communication are working alongside BAAF on press and social media ideas for the event.
Bag Ladies 2015 will be held on the evening of Wednesday 1 July 2015 from 6:30-9:30pm at Royal Bank of Scotland’s Bishopsgate headquarters. Up to 300 women will come together for a lively night of bidding for and winning designer handbags in auctions and a fun raffle. Supporters such as Victoria Beckham, Lanvin, Dior, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Net-a-Porter and Harrods, as well as several of the UK’s leading fashion editors, have previously donated bags and accessories. The evening is organised and supported by many people for whom adoption means a great deal and is hosted by BAAF patron and celebrity hairdresser, Andrew Barton, who is himself adopted.
Professor Frances Corner OBE Head of London College of Fashion, UAL said:
“I am delighted that our talented bags and accessories students are designing beautiful bespoke pieces to help raise vital funds for the BAAF, who support some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.”
Caroline Selkirk, BAAF’s Chief Executive said:
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with the students from the London College of Fashion and know that they will bring an exciting and vibrant element to the auction. With their help we hope to beat last year’s total of nearly £40,000. All the money raised will help the thousands of children who are unable to live with their birth parents to be found a safe, secure and loving family.”
Tickets can be bought at www.baaf.org.uk/content/bag-ladies-2015
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