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A fabled designer helps to give women a voice

A fashion maven’s initiative funds a vital cause

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A fabled designer helps to give women a voice

March 03 2011
Sibéal Pounder

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, designer Diane von Furstenberg is launching a series of fundraising initiatives in aid of NGO Vital Voices, which she has championed since its launch in 1996. It works with 500,000 women in more than 127 countries to provide leadership training and mentoring programmes that tackle problems as diverse as domestic violence, human trafficking and economic empowerment.

First is a series of invitation-only parties worldwide, which will take place in many DVF standalone stores, including the Bruton Street store in London on March 17, offering guests a late-night shopping experience, with 10 per cent of sales going to Vital Voices. Von Furstenberg has also designed limited-edition charity wares available in store for a limited time such as printed totes (first picture, £35) and T-shirts (second picture, £28), and will donate 10 per cent of all sales from her stores and online between March 8-15.