TRES CHAIR: Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Loulou de la Falaise, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Chantal Thomass have turned their hands to furniture design for an online benefit auction in aid of the French AIDS foundation Sidaction. Five Kartell chairs customized by the designers will go up for bidding today on eBay France, with a 950 euro, or $1,200 at current exchange, starting price. The sale ends Dec. 13.
Meanwhile, Gap is revisiting its designer collaborations for the label’s (Product) Red line. The retailer has teamed with Mulberry, Liberty and RM by Roland Mouret to create three products to commemorate World Aids Day, which will launch Saturday at Gap’s Manhattan pop-up holiday store at Fifth Avenue and 54th Street, alongside its Regent Street, London, and Champs-Elysées, Paris, units. The pieces include a Mulberry Bayswater bag that’s made in red sweatshirt material instead of leather, an RM by Roland Mouret cotton scarf that features a print by the artist James Webster and a pink Liberty print tote bag. The products, which retail from $40 for the scarf and the Liberty tote bag to $150 for the Bayswater bag, are all limited editions and there will be only one delivery of the collection. Half of the profits raised from the sale of the products will go toward the Global Fund, which helps fight AIDS in Africa. Gap’s pop-up holiday store in New York, which is open until Jan. 4, also will carry items including (Product) Red Converse sneakers, Hallmark cards and Dell laptops, alongside Gap’s mainline (Product) Red clothing collection.