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Dec. 15-16 L.A. sample sale to aid Superstorm Sandy relief [updated]

December 12, 2012|By Adam Tschorn
  • The group organizing a two-day sample sale in L.A. on Saturday and Sunday was founded in 2011 in response to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
The group organizing a two-day sample sale in L.A. on Saturday and Sunday…

A massive designer sample sale, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in downtown Los Angeles, is being staged for the benefit of East Coast communities affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Just in time for some fashion-forward holiday shopping, a charitable organization called Fashion Girls for Humanity has organized the two-day sale at the Cooper Design Center, with 100% of proceeds -- that's the admission fee as well as all funds generated from the sale of items -- going to two nonprofit groups working to rebuild the affected areas; Architecture for Humanity and Waves for Water.

We're told more than 100 designers' wares will be on offer, and judging by the impressive roster of luxury brands on the list, the event could raise some serious dough. Among them: Band of Outsiders, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne and Versace. (A similar sale in New York City on Nov. 27 and 28 raised about $120,000.) 

We're told there will be more than 100 rolling racks on hand, offering up designer menswear, women's wear, accessories and jewelry, including some exclusive items created just for the sale. Everything priced at 50% or more off regular retail prices. 

Originally called Fashion Girls for Japan, the group spearheading the effort was founded just last year by a New York City-based group of fashion industry executives and PR people in response to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster. This weekend's sample sale marks the organization's first effort at staging an L.A.-based event.

Fashion Girls for Humanity L.A. Sample Sale, Cooper Design Center, 860 S. Los Angeles St., Suite 1100. Open Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission $5 (early admission, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., $25*), tickets available online through the group's website www.fashiongirlsforhumanity.org.*

 [*Updated 1:18 p.m., 12/12/12 : An earlier draft of this post incorrectly listed the price of early admission. It is $25, not $50. It also included the organizing group's original web address, www.fashiongirlsforjapan, instead of the one it prefers to use, www.fashiongirlsforhumanity.com]

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