Monday, May 07, 2012

Fabulous Find: [RE]FRESH - A Fashion Coalition

A few Friday’s ago, fellow fashionista Sylvia and I attended the Fontbonne University (FBU) “ReNew, ReCycle, ReUse [RE]FRESH…ingly Affordable” Fashion Show at [RE]FRESH - A Fashion Coalition in Brentwood. Just like the catwalks of Paris and Milan, this fashion show had all of the glitz and glamour of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: The lights were bright, the music was loud, and the models strutted their stuff on the runway. But unlike the catwalks of Fashion Week, this fashion show served a dual purpose: To serve as the senior showcase for the FBU Fashion Merchandising program and to bring awareness to [RE]FRESH and the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition (FACC).

For St. Louisans unfamiliar with [RE]FRESH, its purpose is to “provide new, repurposed and affordable clothing to teens and twenties, community service opportunities, and support for the FACC programs. The FACC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency that strives to create permanency in foster children’s lives by recruiting and retaining foster and adoptive families.” 

Sylvia, a FACC Junior Board member, and I at the [RE]FRESH Fashion Show
With the former director of [RE]FRESH, Jennifer Frey

In support of this unique boutique, the community donated everything from the wrap desk to the mannequins and volunteers donate their time to assist customers, style the store, and organize donated clothing. In addition to providing a trendy and inviting atmosphere for shoppers, the FACC volunteers also provide children and families with workshops, support groups, and life skills training.

A place where I can give back while shopping for affordable fashions? Now that's something I can buy into!

[RE]FRESH is open to the public during the weekends and all proceeds go to the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition. Follow them on Facebook, twitter, and Pinterest.   

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