“We are so happy to be partnering with such an iconic brand, and so grateful to have their support,” said Nancy Davis, founder of Race to Erase MS. “Alice + Olivia put on the most beautiful fashion show at our 25th Anniversary Gala, and we are excited to continue our work with them in this way.”
According to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily Report,Ten percent of net proceeds from its pre-fall six-button “Good” jean, part of its denim and sportswear line AO.LA by Alice + Olivia, will benefit Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program, a collaboration of top multiple sclerosis research centers working together on groundbreaking research with the goal of treating and ultimately finding a cure for MS. Having recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary Gala, Race to Erase MS has raised more than $47 million for MS research since its founding in 1993.
Designer Stacey Bendet described, to Women’s Wear Daily, AO.LA by Alice + Olivia as a Seventies-inspired “West Coast sister” to the contemporary brand she launched 15 years ago. Available at Alice + Olivia stores nationwide, aliceandolivia.com, and select retailers, the line features everyday retro-inspired separates with a modern twist.
“As a designer and someone who can effect change, it is my responsibility to respond to issues I feel strongly about,” said Bendet. “There are so many people suffering with MS and when I connected with Nancy and the Race to Erase MS foundation I knew we as a brand had an opportunity to support finding a cure.”
Designer Stacey Bendet founded Alice + Olivia in 2002. In addition to being CEO and creative director of the brand, she is also a wife and mother of three daughters who makes supporting charity endeavors a priority in her personal and professional activities. She is a member of the board of trustees of NY-based Good+, a foundation that provides essentials for children of families in need, she supports Ronald McDonald House, which offers assistance to the families of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses and she is also a member of the board of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, her alma mater, according to the brand’s website.