FASHION GIRLS FOR HUMANITY, formerly Fashion Girls for Japan, was founded in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster by Kikka Hanazawa, Tomoko Ogura, Julie Gilhart and Miki Higasa, fashion industry executives in New York. With the interest in raising funds and bringing awareness to the relief and rebuilding efforts for the affected areas in the northeastern regions of Japan, fundraising events such as designer sales have been organized in NYC with support from designers and the fashion community. Thus far, FGFJ has partnered with Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund as well as Toyo Ito’s KISYN in Japan who have been effectively supporting the communities and children in northeastern Japan. Since its inception, Fashion Girls for Humanity has evolved its mission to bring humanitarian services and funds to communities in need through its global network of fashion, and design industry professionals.
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