Having taken the lives of and injured thousands of people, the explosion of August 4 has left much of the city of Beirut in shambles. Caused by the improper storage of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate which had been confiscated by the Lebanese government six years ago, the blast has been deemed one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history, leaving over 300,000 people homeless and more than USD 15 million in property damages. As residents of the capital awake to yet another day of terror, caused by the negligence and laxity of a government embroiled in corruption, fashion brands around the world are standing in solidarity with them.
From giving back to small Lebanese businesses to raising funds for relief charities, here are ten brands that are doing their bit for Beirut.
In support of Family Aid, an organization run by a Beirut-based group of friends, US-born Lebanese designer Rami Kadi has launched a limited edition of T-shirts inscribed with messages of female empowerment. Retailing at USD 66, all proceeds from the designs will be donated to families in need through the grassroots organization.
After having lost his headquarters, 80% of his archives, and his upcoming ready-to-wear and couture collections, Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad has now created a limited edition of T-shirts to stand in solidarity with his fellow Beirutis. Named Rise From The Ashes, the collection includes a range of t-shirts and sweatshirts that begin at USD 25.99, with all proceeds being donated to Lebanese NGO Offre Joie and the Lebanese Red Cross.
Accessories label Marzook has pledged to donate a percentage of all its sales in the month of August to the Lebanese victims via the Kuwait Red Crescent Society. Helmed by Kuwaiti sibling duo Fahad and Shouq AlMarzook, the label is known for its celebrity-loved orb bags.
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Los Angeles-based apparel brand Also, Freedom is donating 100% of proceeds from the Free Generation Tee, and Unify Dress to help small businesses in Lebanon affected by the explosion. In addition to a GoFundMe initiative, the brand’s campaign was inspired by owner Dahlia Hage’s time in Lebanon, where she lived and worked among people who later inspired her business. Among the people she interacted with was entrepreneur, Bashir Wardini, whose three businesses have all been demolished by the blast.
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In support of the Lebanese Red Cross, Impact Lebanon, and Offre Joie, Dubai-based apparel and lifestyle brand Amongst Few has dropped a limited edition pre-order “prosperity” T-shirt. With all proceeds from the product being donated to the aforementioned charities, the company hopes to support those affected “from the unfortunate explosion in Beirut.” The T-shirt is available for pre-order until August 10 with all orders being shipped by August 31.
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In support of Impact Lebanon and the Lebanese Food Bank, Dubai-based Ready-to-Wear label Talar Nina is donating all proceeds from their Beirut-inspired Liban Tote Bag. Created specifically with the intention of raising funds, the cotton bags comprise prints of old Lebanese stamps used during the 60s and 70s, as well as designs by Lebanese-Armenian model and artist, Leah Hadidian and Talar Nina team member, Tala Fakhoury.
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Ali Cha’aban x Nuna Atelier
Collaborating in support of the Lebanese Red Cross, Noora Al Alawi, Creative Director of Nuna Atelier, and Saudi-based Lebanese artist Ali Cha’aban have come together to put forth the sale of a new T-shirt. Titled “4-8-2020,” the T-shirt pays tribute to all the innocent people who lost their lives in the explosion, while also serving as a token of hope for those still fighting for justice. Currently sold out on the Nuna Atelier website, the shirt will retail at AED 200 with all proceeds going to the Lebanese Red Cross.
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London-based fashion brand with Middle Eastern heritage, Qasimi will be donating all proceeds from its ‘Don’t Shoot’ T-shirt to the Lebanese Red Cross for the month of August. Developed for the brand’s FW17 collection, the shirt was initially designed in memory of the 1982 Lebanon war.
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Louis Vuitton for Unicef
As an ongoing supporter of the agency, Louis Vuitton will donate USD 400,000 to Unicef in a bid to help vulnerable children and families impacted by the catastrophe in Beirut. Funds will be raised from the sales of the Silver Lockit and provided to Unicef, who is currently working with authorities and partners to support health workers and reach families and children with much-needed assistance.
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