Creative effort suits good cause
Pre-loved suits re-cut by upand-coming fashion designers are being auctioned for charity.
Men’s suit company French-83 has teamed up with Whitecliffe College of Art and Design for the initiative which will benefit the families of children with cancer.
Earlier in the year Kiwis were asked to donate suits to be redesigned by Whitecliffe fashion students.
Twelve of the creations are being auctioned on Trade Me.
The auction runs until Sunday and all of the money raised will go to the Dream Chaser Foundation, a charity set up two years ago by Whakatane couple Ryan and Keri Topperwien.
Their son Chace, 3, died in June 2012 from acute myeloid leukaemia.
The money will make a big difference to the the couple’s efforts.
‘‘Most of our time is taken up organising events and just trying to find funds to pass on to families.
‘‘We really appreciate it when companies want to do fundraising for us,’’ Ryan says.
Photos of the designs have also been posted on the French-83 Facebook page and the company will donate money for every like the photos get.
Good cause: Suits designed by Whitecliffe College of Art fashion students are going to auction to raise money for the Dream Chaser Foundation.