DKNY and Same Sky Celebrate International Women’s Day

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The Hope necklace collection

To commemorate International Women’s Day (March 8th), DKNY is linking up with Same Sky for an evening of champagne and shopping.

Founded by Francine LeFrak, Same Sky is a jewelry trade-not-aid initiative that aims to empower African women living with HIV/AIDS by providing them the income to overcome poverty. The female artisans working there are paid 15 times the average wage earned by women in Sub-Saharan Africa.

As part of the event at DKNY's Madison Avenue store in New York City, Same Sky will debut the new Hope Necklace collection, a selection of long necklaces which combine clusters of Same Sky’s signature hand-blown glass beads with colorful seed beads. Same Sky's first design for men, a set of hand-crocheted beaded cuff links, will also be launched at the event.

100% of net-proceeds from the sale of Same Sky’s jewelry will go toward buying materials and employing more women artisans.

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A tweed jacket and black jacket from DKNY's Spring 2012 collection, available for purchase.

At the event, DKNY’s Spring 2012 collection will also be available with an exclusive 10% off all purchases.

Celebrating women around the world is important to Donna Karan, who, on her website Donna's Journal, says, "I believe in the power of women. As nurturers, we have a unique ability to care and share and make the world a better place. Women Who Inspire are women who are making a difference."

The event will take place on Wednesday March 7th from 5pm to 8pm at the DKNY store at 655 Madison (at 60th Street).

In related news, see the full DKNY Fall 2012 collection.