By Aramis Grant
Since 1981, designer Michael Kors has worked wonders for women’s confidence – filling department stores like Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue with his designs, ultimately causing thousands of women to fill their closets with his trendy and highly recommended brand name clothing – but it is his philanthropic work with cancer research that does far more for women across the board.
As a proud supporter of cancer research and cancer awareness, Kors has continually taken action on the cause against cancer by using his skills and reputation as a designer to contribute to cancer awareness. Kors’ designs for cancer consciousness are directly associated to fundraising for the cause – he has made it so that portions of the proceeds from MICHEAL Michael Kors products go to various cancer-related organizations such as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Mass General Cancer Center, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
Kors’ previous efforts include working with supermodel Heidi Klum (whom he works side-by-side with on Bravo’s Project Runway) to design a limited edition tee for Saks’ Key to the Cure breast cancer campaign. The $40 tee was made available at Saks Fifth Avenue stores, with proceeds going to charity.
Last year, Kors received the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research from the Cancer Research Institute, Inc. (CRI) in celebration of his charitable contributions. CRI had the following to say of Kors’ honoring:
Mr. Kors is the leading American fashion designer for luxury accessories and sportswear and is known as a celebrity judge on the hit TV show Project Runway. His support of Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure campaign and other cancer causes, as well as his commitment to supporting research and awareness for HIV/AIDS and other immune-related diseases, including diabetes and lupus, together embody the spirit of this prestigious award.
Kors has been creating stylishly charitable products for cancer awareness for years and actively contributes designs during the month of October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Kors’ awareness efforts include the creation of totes, perfume, scarves, and makeup bags.
Check out this year’s cancer awareness tote below:
For more information on Michael Kors designs, or to purchase, visit: http://www.michaelkors.com/