2009 events : refresh | recognize | refashion | redefine | retrospective | rejoice | reuse | relax | retail

A montage from the FFP 2009 Fashion Show

2009: ReThink. ReCreate. ReAct

5 Years of FFP

This video by long-time collaborator Michael Hyde illustrates FFP's long but fun and creative journey from annual event to non-profit status. Charting our designers, beneficiaries, celebrities, and, of course, our famous catwalks, the video does a great job of highlighting our accomplishments and tracing our trajectory. Click to learn more about FFP's Programs»

refresh : shop & support FFP

Friday November 20, 2009
Regular Store hours
Fresh of Georgetown
1205 Potomac Street, NW
6-8pm: special event
RSVP by Nov 19th»

{Click the image to download this coupon to redeem $25.00 off any $75.00 or more purchase. Valid only during store hours 11/20/09}

Fashion Fights Poverty and Fresh of Georgetown are teaming together to bring you Black Friday one week earlier! On November 20, 2009 Fresh of Georgetown is hosting its highly anticipated Black Friday Charity shopping event with 20% of proceeds from sales benefiting Fashion Fights Poverty's Woodrow Wilson High School Clothing Textile Program (CTP). Not only do you get to rake in fabulous fall fashions for as much as 70% off but your Black Friday purchase benefits the curricular and education programs at Woodrow Wilson High School.

Black Friday sales are valid for the whole day but make sure you stop by from 6-8pm for the Fashion Fights Poverty and Fresh of Georgetown event. During this time, patrons will enjoy red carpet treatment complete with champagne and desserts. As if this wasn't reason enough, Fresh of Georgetown is also offering customers a $25 gift certificate. This is one shopping charity fundraiser you will not want to miss.

Fresh of Georgetown is a dynamic fashion boutique located at 1205 Potomac Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007 in Georgetown (adjacent to Georgetown Cupcake). Fresh offers ultra chic clothing and accessories mixing the best of traditional, trendy, and functional all in one. Fashion Fights Poverty especially likes Fresh's vegan and eco-friendly handbags and accessories by Urban Expressions.

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recognize : the FFP thank you party

November 11, 2009 7PM
1904 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20007

Fashion Fights Poverty would like to thank all supporters, volunteers, sponsors, and models for their contribution this year! Join us in celebration of your support! The first 1 1/2 hour, Policy will provide complimentary light appetizers. Policy will donate $1 dollar per each FFP specialty cocktail ($12) for the evening.

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refashion: the fashion show


Friday, September 25, 2009 
The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel 
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW DC 
6:00pm - 10:00PM


Fashion Fights Poverty's annual fashion show is the #1 fashion and beauty event in Washington, DC according to BizBash Magazine. The runway event is the climax of FFP's annual fundraising efforts and highlights the designs of emerging and established eco and/or ethical fashion designers and artisans as a way of raising money for our beneficiary and programs. As part of the Dress Responsibly campaign, FFP looks to introduce consumers to new and exciting fashions, products, and designs.

This year's fifth anniversary celebration will be no different, with most of the designers having a multicultural/ international history or influence. The always-anticipated fashion presentation continues to exceed standards of excellence set by the previous year. "FFP is incredibly thankful to the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel for its decision to be this year's Presenting Sponsor," said FFP President Chris Belisle. "As we celebrate our 5th Anniversary, it is exciting to welcome new partners to support us as we enter an important time of organizational growth and increased responsibility to help those much less fortunate than ourselves."


Summer Rayne Oakes is a model-activist, host on Discovery Network’s Planet Green, and author of bestselling style guide Style, Naturally (Chronicle, 2009). As brand ambassador and sustainability strategist for both Portico Home and Spa, and Payless ShoeSource’s zoe&zac line, her work keeps her busy on and off camera, advising and consulting on various aspects of design, production and practice. Vanity Fair has named her a "Global Citizen," Outside called her one of the "Top Environmental Activists," Glamour anointed her "70 Women of Green," and Hearst recently gave her the inaugural "Heart of Green" Pathfinder Award. Summer Rayne is a graduate from Cornell University and Udall environmental scholar. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Will Thomas anchors the weekend editions of FOX 5 News at 6, 10 and The News Edge at 11. Will is also a multiple Emmy winning reporter who has filed stories on major events including three presidential elections, the September 11th attacks and the search for the Washington area sniper. He also has made a personal commitment to offer news coverage whenever possible of Washington's style and fashion scene.  

Outside of work, Will is passionate about home design and remodeling. His own homes and client projects have been featured in several regional and national publications including Washington Spaces, Home Magazine and Ty Pennington Home Magazine.

Will also serves on the board of directors for the National Kidney Foundation serving the National Capital Area, an organization very important to his family. He is once again serving as honorary chairSaturday, October 3 for the 8th Annual Kidney Walk in Georgetown.

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redefine: THE FORUM


Tuesday, September 22, 6-9pm
Historical Society of Washington, DC (Theater)
801 K Street, NW at Mt. Vernon Square

Food and Beverage by Through The Kitchen Door

VENDORSForeign Policy DigestPHYTO Hair CareMake PieceFair Trade Federation, and Carbon Fund

ABOUT: The Ethical and Eco Fashion Forum aims to bring together a collaborative movement which addresses and initiates discussion amongst leaders, policy makers, consumers, and fashion designers. The forum, which is held the week of Fashion Fights Poverty annual fashion show, offers a platform to discuss on a number of issues related to eco-sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), anti-poverty income-generating programs, micro-finance, and commercial fashion. These issues all get at the big question: "Can Fashion Fight Poverty?" The panel features representatives from the corporate industry, the fashion industry, the non-profit sector, the international organization and, the academic institutions.

The Forum tackles the wider impact of ethical and eco fashion movement from individual-based changes in consumer behavior to whole changes of the industry. Eco- and ethical ties are values embedded in corporate social responsibility. What are for-profit corporations doing to minimize their negative impact on the state of poverty and the environment? How are eco- and ethical principles being practiced in the jewelry industry? Related not just to fashion but a way of living – panelists will discuss how today more than ever and in light of worldwide financial slowdown, eco and ethical are opening doors that could not have been open before.

For more, read this great article about the 1st FFP Forum by Katherine Limon»


Chris Aument, 
President of Style Ethic

Chris Aument worked in the retail jewelry sector where he discovered a gap between socially responsible suppliers, retailers, and consumers. He started Style Ethic to bridge that gap. By encouraging ethical practices as part of a larger business strategy, he tries to show those in the jewelry industry that doing the right thing can have far reaching benefits.


William Burke-White, 
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

William Burke-White joined the Secretary’s Foreign Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. State Department in June 2009. His portfolio includes the Russian Federation and other issues at the Director’s discretion. Burke-White is on leave from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches international law and human rights and writes on international law and international relations. Previously, Burke-White was Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany and Visiting Professor at MGIMO in Moscow, Russia and Mofid University in Iran, and Lecturer at Princeton University. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in international relations from Cambridge University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, a J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. (magna cum laude) from Harvard College.


Jason Fitzgerald, Carbonfund
Jason Fitzgerald is a Climate Change Specialist and manages the small business and REC program.  He is responsible for developing customized offset programs for small businesses, creating shipping programs, and helping organizations meet LEED and EPA Green Power Partnership requirements with Renewable Energy Credits.  Prior to joining, Jason dabbled in triathlon and worked for a large e-commerce company in Boston. He earned a dual B.A. in Government and Urban Studies from Connecticut College in New London, CT.  Jason is a recent transfer to Washington and spends his free time running in Rock Creek Park and cycling.


Amisha Ghadiali, Ethical Fashion Forum & Amisha Jewelry
The ETHICAL FASHION FORUM (EFF) is a not for profit network focusing upon social and environmental sustainability in the fashion industry.The EFF network connects thousands of individuals, businesses, and organisations interested in a more sustainable future for fashion. The EFF mission is to support and promote sustainable practices, facilitate collaboration, raise awareness and provide the tools and resources needed to reduce poverty, reduce environmental damage and raise standards in the fashion industry.

Amisha plays a key role on strategy of the Ethical Fashion Forum.  In addition to this she runs her own jewelry label with an ethical focus (Amisha Jewellery), writes an ethical fashion column and curates events.The Amisha Jewellery label launched in summer 2007, debuting at the British Design Pavilion of ‘International Jewellery London’, the UK’s only dedicated trade jewelry event where the most talented, cutting-edge British designers are hand-selected to appear alongside innovative International collections, creating a forum of established and emerging talents at the forefront of jewellery design.

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retrospective: the lookbook launch

VIEW PICS ON FLICKR» OR ON Visceral Photography»

Wednesday, September 16, 7-10pm
L2 Lounge on 3315 Cady's Alley NW
(between 33rd and 34th off of M Street) 
Washington, DC 20007

Hosted by Kate Michael of K Street Kate»

*first 50 donors get a copy of The Lookbook.

2009 marks the 4th year of the Fashion Fights Poverty "Dress Responsibly" Lookbook, but also 5 years of FFP's long-standing tradition of photographic, design and artistic excellence. Join us at L2 Lounge for a highly-anticipated art exhibit of Fashion Fights Poverty's archive of photos, graphic design and videos while buying your own copy of the 2009 Dress Responsibly Lookbook. 2009's Lookbook features photos by Tommy Chung, Michael Dumlao, Jodi King, Noel Sutherland, Douglas Sonders and Alexey Yurenev.

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rejoice: celebrating our 501c3

What: Cocktail Happy Hour 

Why: Celebrate Fashion Fights Poverty 501c (3) status, and the continuing development of its programs and activities

Where: Scion Restaurant, 2100 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037

When: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm

*Bonus: Tickets are Selling Fast to the 5th Anniversary Benefit in September; a limited number of tickets will be held and available for purchase at this event!

About Scion ( This 1,900-square foot space was formerly the home of short-loved Café Troupe. Its menu is Asian-inspired modern American with signature dishes such as Malbec braised short ribs and a lobster Reuben.

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reuse: the fashion swap


Saturday, July 18 12pm-5PM 
Mayflower Hotel 
1127 Connecticut Avenue NW 
Washington, DC

A new recurring event, Fashion Fights Poverty hosted DC's first ever "fashion swap" on Saturday, July 18th at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. Clothing items were donated to Washington, DC's Covenant House, an organization that provides shelter and protection, food, clothing, counseling and job training to Washington, DC youth. For entry into this event, all guests brought an item (clothing, accessories or shoes) big or small.


How does it work?

Consign: Bring your former favorites for consignment with Current Boutique. Current will consign quality items that can be resold. Consigners can also choose to donate their consignment to Fashion Fights Poverty.

Swap: Attendees will leave their unwanted articles of clothing, shoes, and accessories on tables based on clothing size range or accessory type. The swap begins with a collective pile on the table. At a determined time after the event begins, attendees dive in and find their next "new to them" item(s) from the pile. Guests can interact and make trades with other guests. There is a time limit, once time limit is reached all other items will be donated to Covenant House Washington.

Donate: Guests can donate items to Covenant House Washington. At the end of the event, clothing not consigned or swapped will go to Covenant House.

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Thursday, May 28 6-10PM
Relaxed Day Spa
2112 F Street NW, Suite 101
Foggy Bottom, DC

On Thursday, May 28th, FFP held an exclusive, rejuvenating update on what Fashion Fights Poverty has in store for 2009 - our 5th Anniversary! Guests received complimentary manicures, mini-massages and facials, as well as complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres. 20% of all products purchased and services scheduled with Relaxed directly benefited Fashion Fights Poverty.

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Guess, Teen Vogue & Fashion Fights Poverty hosts benefit for Nest
Thursday, April 30 630PM - 830PM
Guess at 1155 F Street
Washington DC

Local tastemakers and fashion-forward DC insiders were on hand Thursday, April 30th for the grand opening of the DC's first GUESS store, located in downtown Washington DC on F St. The event was hosted by GUESS and Teen Vogue in partnership with DC-based Fashion Fights Poverty (FFP), an organization dedicated to raising awareness on the fight against global poverty. A portion of the evening's proceeds benefited Nest; a nonprofit organization committed to supporting women artists and artisans in developing countries through the development of entrepreneurial businesses.

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