Designers and Celebrities Band Together for Japan Relief

Amanda Seyfried holds up a 'Please Help' sign in support of the victims of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami while out with a friend in West Hollywood, CA. London Entertainment / Splash News.


Designers, celebrities and fashion organizations are banding together in an effort to help aid Tsunami and earthquake victims in Japan. Some designers, like Rebecca Minkoff, are letting you shop for Japan by donating proceeds from purchases to the country. Others, like Coach, are donating out-of-pocket to the Red Cross and some brands — Theory, for one — have set up drop off boxes and sites to donate directly. More opportunities to shop and help are expected in the coming days. Diane von Furstenberg announced a plan for an online charity auction, with designers and friends of the CFDA putting together “huge packages” to benefit the Japan relief effort. In the meantime, here’s how you can put your shopping skills to a good cause.

Alexis Bittar is donating all proceeds made from sales on his website from March 21-25 to the Catholic Relief Fund.

Zero designer Maria Cornejo and her husband, photographer Mark Borthwick, will donate proceeds from sales of a limited-edition photo print tee to Doctors Without Borders. The couple will be on for the sale tonight at the Bleecker Street store in NYC.

Lady Gaga created a $5 “We Pray For Japan” wristband which is available on her website. 100% goes directly to the Japan relief effort.

Natori and Josie by Josie Natori will donate 10% of all sales through April to the Red Cross.

Gilt City will match the profits from each donation made to the non-profit Global Giving.

Coach is donating 400 million yen (approximately $5 million) to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Uniqlo will send 700 million yen worth of clothing to disaster victims, including 300,000 pieces of HEATTECH items. Plus, Fast Retailing President, Chairman and CEO Tadashi Yanai will make a personal donation of 1 billion yen and an additional 4 million will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.

H&M has closed down all stores in Tokyo and is donating 100,000 garments to the Japanese Red Cross.

Brooks Brothers formed a Customer Giving Campaign where 100% of donations will go directly to the American Red Cross recovery and relief efforts. Brooks Brothers’ Golden Fleece Foundation will match dollar for dollar up to $50,000.

Bergdorf Goodman added a disaster relief section to their Facebook page allowing visitors to donate to the American Red Cross, Shelter Box and Doctors without Borders. You can also donate through iTunes accounts.

Tadashi Shoji is donating 10% of storewide sales from both its South Coast Plaza and Forum Shops Las Vegas stores to the Japanese Red Cross .

Gap Inc. is supporting emergency relief efforts through a partnership with Global Giving.

• Karmaloop is taking pre orders for the site’s $20 Rising Sun Tee, which is available for both men and women. 100 percent of the proceeds from the tee will go to The American Red Cross’ disaster relief fund.

American Eagle Outfitters is making a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross to provide assistance to the Japanese Red Cross.

Theory, which is under the parent company Fast Retailing, has drop-off boxes for clothing donations in stores around the country.

Rebecca Minkoff is donating is $100 for every red handbag purchased on her site to the Red Cross.

Made With Japan is selling a series of tees for $35 each and 100 percent of the proceeds are being donated.

• Artist James White designed a tee playing homage to the Japanese flag. The poster is currently sold out but a second set is in the making.

Afterzine is donating $5 from each sale to the Red Cross. The $10 bi-annual 112- page zine has contributors like fashion bloggers Alexa Chung and Tavi.

• Jewelry for a Cause is giving $6.50 from the sale of its $30 Blue Wave Talisman necklace to the Red Cross.

• Temptu is donating $100 from every AIRbrush MakeUp System sale.

• Hanae Mori Parfums is donating a portion of proceeds from all sales on their website to the American Red Cross.

• Creed is donating a portion of proceeds from all sales on their website to the American Red Cross.

Top, clockwise: Alexis Bittar earrings, $255. Forever 21 top, $25. Rebecca Minkoff bag, $295. Rachel Comey Boots from Steven Alan, $368. Creed perfume, $150. Courtesy Photos.

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