This blog is a repost from Goodwill NYNJ
Goodwill Industries® of Greater NY and Northern NJ celebrated its debut on Project Runway during Goodwill Extended, its fashion week party with purpose, in partnership with Price.com on Feb. 13 with honorary host celebrity-stylist Karla Welch, and fashion influencers pulling collections from donated clothes and accessories.
New York, NY – February 13, 2020 – Goodwill Industries® of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. (Goodwill NYNJ) hosted Goodwill Extended (GWX), its premier sustainability and diversity fashion event, to celebrate its debut on Project Runway and sustainable fashion. Price.com supported the annual event during NY Fashion Week (NYFW) on Thursday, February 13, from 6-10 p.m. at Goodwill’s Village store located at 44 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011. Learn more about Goodwill Extended at goodwillnynj.org/extended.
Celebrity stylist Karla Welch, a veteran Goodwill shopper, was the evening’s Honorary Host. Special guest was fashion model @aaron_philip Aaron Philip. Goodwill Extended featured exclusive collections from:
@thewishi Stylists, @cvazzana Caroline Vazzana, and @zerowastedaniel Zero Waste Daniel.
Goodwill Extended is an incredible night of shopping one-of-a-kind donations and upcycled creations from renowned designers, the opportunity to meet & greet with influencers of the fashion community and to mix & mingle with like-minded, fashion forward, sustainably focused, stylish individuals, all in the name of doing good. Guests enjoyed light bites, drinks and a complimentary gift bag.
Watch highlights from Goodwill Extended 2020 in this video.
“Price.com is building the world’s best savings platform and encouraging consumers to make more sustainable purchases. It’s a win-win: consumers can shop responsibly and at the same time save money. We have built a technology that, for the first time, allows us to seamlessly match a new product to a used product. We are excited to expand our partnership with Goodwill through sustainable fashion.” said RJ JAIN, Price.com Founder and CEO.
“Goodwill Extended is a celebration of sustainable fashion, and while we enjoy all fashion we know that the fashion industry is a main polluter of freshwater worldwide. Goodwill NYNJ reuses in our stores and celebrates designers, like on this season’s Project Runway, who #upcycle to make new looks from used textiles. Sustainable fashion allows you to make choices that positively impact the environment and supports our mission of employment for all,” said Katy Gaul-Stigge, Goodwill NYNJ President and CEO.
Last April, Goodwill NYNJ selected Price.com to increase online sales to support its mission. Using the Price.com platform, consumers browsing popular sites like Amazon, Walmart, Target, can easily shop for a used option from Goodwill. This saves consumers money while supporting sustainable shopping.
Most job-seekers with disabilities have little or no work experience, have no idea how to find a job or the type of job they can do. Without the support of Goodwill NYNJ services, individuals with disabilities end up as part of the 75% of people with disabilities out of work. Revenue from Goodwill Extended and Goodwill stores supports Goodwill NYNJ’s job placement, training, on-the-job coaching, and retention services that support individuals with disabilities and other barriers on their journey to employment. Each year, Goodwill NYNJ provides services for 30,000 people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. In 2018, Goodwill NYNJ helped 2,351 people get jobs, including 843 individuals with disabilities, outside our stores at hospitals, tech firms, and NYC agencies.