Cheers to 20 years! Arbiter of style, Jeffrey Kalinsky, creator of two namesake boutiques in Atlanta and Manhattan and the founder of Jeffrey Fashion Cares, will join Event Chairs Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams in producing the 20th anniversary of Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta. The official kick-off to the fall social season, this year’s event will be held on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7 p.m. at a new venue, the American Cancer Society Center, conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Benefiting the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Greater Atlanta Affiliate, the 20th anniversary celebration will feature a pre-show cocktail reception, fashion show, special guest designer Joseph Altuzarra, silent and live auctions, and an after-party. Last year’s sold-out event raised $630,000 for its beneficiaries, and over the past 19 years, Jeffrey Fashion Cares (Atlanta and New York) has grown into one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country having raised approximately $10 million.
Monday, August 27
American Cancer Society Center
250 Williams Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Designed by architect John Portman, the American Cancer Society Center will provide the perfect setting for what is sure to be the most memorable Jeffrey Fashion Cares to date. Taking over the stunning lobby of the Center, high ceilings, marble floors, and floor to ceiling windows will play to the runway show featuring selections from Jeffrey’s Fall/Winter Collection including looks from high-end designers such as Lanvin, Celine, Prada, Marni, Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Bottega Veneta, Jason Wu and Alexander Wang.
Renowned Retailer & Fashion Cares Founder – Jeffrey Kalinsky
Kalinsky was born in 1962 in Charleston, South Carolina into a retail family. He started working at the family shoe store, Bob Ellis, after school and in the summer practically as soon as he could walk. After graduating from George Washington University, Jeffrey started his retail career as shoe manager of a Bonwit Teller outside of Philadelphia. After moving to New York City, he worked at Donna Karan and Barney’s New York as a shoe buyer. In 1990 he moved to Atlanta, Ga. to partner with his father and open a Bob Ellis shoe store. In 1994 Jeffrey expanded, opening Jeffrey, his multi designer boutique, followed by a Jil Sander store. He trains his employees in the art of personal service and requires them to attend Saturday-morning style clinics at the store, complete with a makeshift runway and models. After establishing Jeffrey Atlanta he moved to New York in 1999 and opened Jeffrey New York in the Meatpacking District in August 1999. Jeffrey New York was one of the first specialty stores to open in the rather isolated neighborhood on the lower west side of Manhattan. In August 2005 Kalinsky announced that Nordstrom had purchased 51% of his 2-store retail operation. Kalinsky was then appointed director of designer merchandising for Nordstrom, which enables him to take his amazing talent to a whole new level. Both retailers are committed to making customer service a key selling point.
Lila Hertz, Louise Sams and Jeffrey McQuithy will return as the Co-Chairs for Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2012.
Hertz marks her tenth year as Co-Chair of Jeffrey Fashion Cares, adding to an active history of community leadership that has benefited numerous organizations and causes in Atlanta. From 2001 – 2009, Hertz served as board president of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure- Greater Atlanta Affiliate and was recently appointed as a national board member of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate was established as a resource for those fighting and seeking to prevent breast cancer and through its fundraising events, has been able to support breast cancer research, local grassroots organizations, community agencies and family support groups. Hertz’s other charitable activities include service to Piedmont Healthcare and The Center for Health and Learning –a Piedmont Healthcare/Mercer University Partnership, where she sits on the board of directors. Hertz has been recognized for her service by Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti- Defamation League and the National Council of Jewish Women.
Sams returns for the third year as a chair of Jeffrey Fashion Cares, bringing her unparalleled business experience and international influence as a top woman executive. Sams is executive vice president and general counsel for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) and president of Turner Broadcasting System International. In this capacity, she oversees the company’s legal matters worldwide and directs a staff of some 90 lawyers located throughout the world. She also manages the production, distribution and ad sales relating to all kids and entertainment networks and media services offered by Turner outside of North America; the distribution and commercial operations of CNN’s international services; all of Turner’s international joint ventures; and all licensing and merchandising activity of Cartoon Network along with other networks outside of North America. Sams serves on the boards of trustees of Princeton University and The Westminster Schools and sits on the board of directors of the High Museum of Art. She received the Inspiration Award from the Atlanta chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and was named by Business to Business magazine among the most influential business women in Atlanta. Among other accolades, Sams is a 2007 honoree of the Trickle Up Foundation and was named by National Law Journal among the 50 most influential women lawyers in America.
McQuithy, a native Atlantan, began with Jeffrey Fashion Cares five years ago as a supporting partner. Along with being a partner, he and his team at Vis-à-vis–The Salon have provided complete hair and makeup for the event during this time. McQuithy opened his salon, Vis-à-Vis, in 2001, with a vision of superior customer service and an attention to every detail in regards to environmental esthetics. Following the success of the salon, he opened Derma-Luxe Custom Skin Care in 2007, a boutique medical spa in Buckhead. Choosing organizations to promote awareness and community involvement, it is his strong position on integrity and giving back that has prompted him to become more deeply connected with the community. He has been greatly involved with the Piedmont Conservancy, a group whose mission is to enhance and preserve Piedmont Park as a vital, urban green space and as a cultural and recreational resource that enhances the quality of life for Atlantans. As part of the team, Jeffrey helped to establish the first ‘Park After Dark’ benefit and has aided to quadruple fundraising efforts in the four years of existence. In his true passion and persistence to help Jeffrey Fashion Cares, McQuithy reflects the perfect combination of style and charity.
Jospeh Altuzarra – Joseph Altuzarra is a young, multicultural, broadly educated designer whose personal background and practical experience have given him a unique perspective and a refined vision and aesthetic. Born and raised in Paris, with a Chinese-American mother, and a French father, Joseph is graduate of Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Art and Art History. Passionate about fashion, Joseph headed to New York upon graduation where he was hired as a design intern at the Marc Jacobs Studio, then as a freelance designer at Proenza Schouler. Excited about fashion design but seeking to master its technical underpinnings, he apprenticed with Nicolas Caïto, a freelance pattern maker, former head of the Rochas atelier. After two years in New York, Joseph decided to complement his training in his native Paris, where he was hired by Riccardo Tisci as his first assistant. He honed his design skills in tailoring and draping by working on the ready-to-wear collections and taking responsibility for jersey designs.
In 2008, at 25 years old, Joseph returned to New York to launch his own line, ALTUZARRA. Since its first season, ALTUZARRA has grown in the breadth and depth of its collections. Joseph has developed trademark body-conscious, flattering and feminine clothing. In only three short years, distribution has grown to more than 50 doors and press coverage occurs daily. From the outset of ALTUZARRA, Joseph’s prodigious talent, imagination and vision have been highlighted and rewarded several times; recently he was awarded the first prize for the coveted 2011 CFDA/Vogue Annual Fund. Other awards include the Fashion Group International Rising Star of the Year, Out 100 Vanguard of the Year, 2-time CFDA Award Nominee, Ecco Domani Award and Forbes 30 under 30. A broad multi-cultural experience and from training with vanguard NY designers in a French couture house Joseph Altuzarra has forged his own distinctive voice. Visit www.josephaltuzarra.com
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Once again, the party won’t stop following Atlanta’s most fashionable charitable fete. Kicking off immediately following the 20th anniversary event at 9 p.m., this year’s post-show bash themed “Fashion Fair” will be head at Opera in Midtown where a mix of kitsch and glam join forces to provide a night filled with nonstop fun and surprises. General admission tickets for the official after party are on sale for $150 at jeffreyfashioncares.com
. Proceeds from the official after party will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate and Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF).
Opera is located in Midtown at 1150 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.
One of the highlights of the event, this year’s live auction features an array of unparalleled auction items including: a Vogue Fantasy Trip to New York; an Historic Sports Car Racing Experience; luxurious vacations and cruises; fantastic jewelry; an Ultimate Atlanta Experience and much more.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate and the Atlanta AIDS Partnership (AAP)