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FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS: Do-gooders came out to the Matthew Williamson store in the Meatpacking District Wednesday for some guilt-free shopping. Co-sponsored by Feed and Same Sky, the event benefited each brand’s socially geared cause. Juggling what she described as “summer craziness,” Lauren Bush, who co-founded Feed Projects, an organization that fights global hunger through the sale of its bags and other accessories, posed for photos with Same Sky founder Francine LeFrak before dashing out to a prior engagement.
“Francine’s been a long-term friend. Our organizations are founded around the same principles,” said Bush, who donned a Cynthia Rowley strapless print dress. “Cynthia has also been a good friend and big supporter.”
Buzzing about the spacious, colorful store, guests tried on Same Sky’s vibrant, handmade glass-beaded bracelets and necklaces, which are made by Rwandan women, many of whom contracted HIV during the genocide there in the early Nineties.
“We believe in a hand up, not a hand out,” said Same Sky’s LeFrak, explaining the organization directly works with the artisans to maintain a “sustainable income.”
Friends of LeFrak, including Prince Kunle and Princess Keisha Omilana of Nigeria, gushed over Same Sky’s positive message.
“When she saw the jewelry, it gave her goose bumps,” LeFrak said, turning to Consolee Nishimwe, a Rwandan genocide survivor, who now lives in New York. “It’s the greatest thing when you can empower a woman.”