mario testino gives back

Giving back has been heavy on my mind lately.  Tuesday night I worked with members of the Boston Interior Design community to put on a fundraiser benefitting the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy called Design Boston Strong.  It was an initiative that was the vision of 2 independent Boston interior designers  Kristen Rivoli of Kristen Rivoli interior design and Juliann Covino of JACE interiors.  I helped them from an event perspective and within 4 weeks we had a well attended fundraiser resulting in $25,000 raised for the One Fund Boston and a long list of design industry professionals signed up to volunteer their time, expertise and/or materials to assist in any home renovation work needed by the victims.  It was a refreshing reminder that with some hard work, passion and dedication, you can truly bring people together to make a positive impact in the lives of others if you stop to take the time to do it.

When I recently learned of  the world renowed photographer Mario Testino who I  {along with many} admire for his unparalleled talent as a photographer and famous portraits of Princess Diana, Kate Moss and Gwenyth Paltrow {to name a few}, launched a philanthropic venture in support of his home country, I was moved.  It is a non-profit arts foundation called the MATE association, which has been created to support the arts in his native country of Lima, Peru.

MATE started in 2012 is located in a beautifully restored 19th century mansion,  it houses the largest collection of Mario Testino’s photographs fulfilling his vision to have his work permanently in his hometown of Lima and to contribute to his country’s culture and arts.  Additionally {and I love this part} he gives local artists a space to exhibit their works by providing a platform to launch projects both locally and internationally with his name on it.

Just recently, he launched a capsule collection on net-a-porter in which net-a-porter will donate a  portion of the proceeds from the collection back to MATE.  The collection is made up of  jewelry collection designed by Erica Beamon, clutches, bags and t-shirts all influenced by his Alta Moda exhibition, which features portraits of Peruvians in traditional attire.


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From a fashion perspective, these pieces look like a modern interpretation of traditional peruvian design and craft.   They are available exclusively on net-a-porter and the full collection can be viewed here.



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Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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