CLEVELAND, Ohio - More than 250 volunteers for the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland are working hard this year to present the 49th annual Designer Dress Days where fashion and fundraising come together to help Clevelanders in need. The four-day event begins on Friday October 20.
NCJW/Cleveland leaders have revamped and revitalized plans for this year's resale event. Eager fashionistas will find lower prices, more contemporary labels, brighter lighting and shopping spread out over more space at the Mandel Jewish Community Center.
Thousands of items are donated and sorted throughout the year. Racks are loaded with new and like-new garments by some of the finest designers and brands sold today. There are pieces by Chanel, Armani, Diane von Furstenberg, Eileen Fisher, Burberry, Gucci, Pucci, Dior and many more contemporary labels than we've seen in past years. They include pieces from Rag and Bone, Free People, Theory, Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang, Comfy, Sympli and so much more. Donations that don't meet the standards for Designer Dress Days are sorted and delivered to NCJW's Thriftique Showroom.
To accompany all of the clothing, Designer Dress Days is well known for offering a huge selection of handbags in designer and contemporary brands like Chloe, Proenza Schouler, Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Ferragamo, Coach, Longchamp and more. To make shopping less frenzied, this year handbags and accessories will be in a separate, roomier space.
The first Designer Dress Days took place in 1968 and raised $4,000, well over their $1,000 goal. Last year they raised $250,000 for NCJW/Cleveland's charitable initiatives. The money all goes toward several projects directed at improving the lives of women, children and families throughout the community.
NCJW/Cleveland has built and stocked libraries in schools that never had them. They have programs aimed at controlling gun violence, improving women's health, ending human trafficking and decreasing the infant mortality rate. They also host a program to help foster children who have aged out of the foster care system. They help them get into college, provide mentoring and even help them decorate their dorm rooms and provide activities for them during the holidays when most students go home to family.
The National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland has almost 2,000 members and you don't have to be a Jewish woman to join. There are women and men of all backgrounds involved as volunteers and mentors. The cost to join is $45 per year.
NCJW also runs Thriftique Showroom, the area's oldest and one of the largest upscale resale shops. It's at 5055 Richmond Road in Bedford Heights. The store is packed full of quality furniture and contemporary fashions. Anything left unsold after Designer Dress Days will also be sent to Thriftique.
When:Friday, October 20 to Tuesday, October 24. CLOSED Saturday Oct. 21.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Noon to 8 p.m. Monday
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday
Admission:There is a $20 fee for Friday's Preview Day. All other days are free.
Checkout:Use cash, checks (bring proper identification) and credit cards.
Donate:Donations are accepted throughout the year at the NCJW donation center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 26055 Emery Road in Warrensville Heights.
Source : http://www.cleveland.com/style/index.ssf/2017/10/designer_dress_days_fashion_fu.html