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32 Top New York Designers Create One-of-a-Kind T-Shirts for Charity

NEW YORK, February 4, 2014 - Century 21 Department Store, Caravan Stylist Studio and the Carlton hotel have teamed up with 32 New York-based fashion designers to launch a I LOVE NY t-shirt initiative to support Save the Garment Center, a non-profit organization that aims to preserve New York’s Garment District and support factories, suppliers and designers through education and advocacy. 


Local fashion designers infused their personal design aesthetic to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces using the iconic I LOVE NY t-shirt. Starting February 4th at 5:30pm EST, shoppers will be able to purchase the 32 one-of-a-kind designs exclusively on Century 21’s website,, which will retail for $100 each. All proceeds will benefit Save the Garment Center. Designers include Nanette Lepore, Lauren Merkin, Shoshanna, Hanky Panky, Walter and Saunder, among others. 


“Caravan Stylist Studio’s goal is to be a hub for creativity and we are so thankful to the Carlton hotel for being the venue that allows us to do just that. The I LOVE NY t-shirt program allows us a chance to introduce different fashion designers that are producing locally to one another. This is a very special project bringing together the Save the Garment Center, Century 21 Department Store, the Carlton hotel and all these New York designers together into one program – it feels very rich in NYC spirit,” said Claudine DeSola of Caravan Stylist Studio.


“As an iconic New York-based retailer, we feel a strong connection with Save the Garment Center’s mission,” said Heather Feinmel, Marketing Manager at Century 21. “We are excited to align with so many amazing designers and work closely with Caravan Stylist Studio to support the local fashion community.”


“The Carlton hotel is delighted to once again support Save the Garment Center and offer guests and visitors a special keepsake that benefits this terrific local organization,” said General Manager Victor Freeman. “Located within walking distance of the Garment District, the Carlton hotel is proud to celebrate the rich history of design in the neighborhood with this fashionable collection of t-shirts. We, of course, have to also thank the locally-produced designers who have offered their talents to this initiative as it could not have been possible without their support.”


About Century 21 Department Store:  Century 21 Department Store, established in 1961, is legendary for its exceptional offering of pure designer merchandise in every category at 40-65% off retail every day. A leader in high-end fashion retail for over 50 years, Century 21 Department Store offers men's, women's and children's apparel, footwear, outerwear, lingerie and accessories along with cosmetics and home goods at select stores. The retailer is headquartered in Downtown Manhattan, with four other locations in New York including Lincoln Square, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and three additional locations in New Jersey including Paramus, Morristown and Elizabeth as well as online at

About Caravan Stylist Studio:  The idea of Caravan Stylist Studio started when Claudine DeSola realized how the talents’ relationship with designers could be more meaningful.  She wanted to create a place where proper introductions to new designers and products could happen. A perfect example of kismet is when an actress wears a dress to an event, falls in love with that designer’s clothing and then attends their fashion show.  It is a way that love of fashion can be full circle.


About Save The Garment Center: STGC promotes fashion companies and brands who design and produce quality clothing in the Garment District and in New York City. There are 24,000 apparel manufacturing jobs in New York City that make this domestic clothing production possible, and STGC creates transparent access to all of these resources for the future designers of America. These resources enable new fashion entrepreneurs to start a business and a fashion line leading to the creation of American jobs. Whether you are an established or emerging designer, a consumer, a fashion junkie, or simply a concerned American citizen, we ask you to join us in supporting New York’s Garment Center. As a non-profit organization, we support factories, suppliers, and designers through education and advocacy. We are ambassadors to all programs that support and create awareness for our members. There is no other Garment Center in the world like ours. The Garment Center is the soul of Midtown Manhattan, and the backbone of the NYC fashion industry.


About The Carlton Hotel: Having undergone a multi-million dollar renovation by world renowned architect David Rockwell of The Rockwell Group, the Carlton hotel blends old world luxury and Beaux-Arts flourishes, with stylish modernism. The Carlton hotel features one of the city’s most beautiful hotel lobbies. The vaulted ceilings, marbled floors, floor-to-ceiling suede paneled walls; soothing waterfall and rich mahogany frame the lobby. Originally designed by Harry Allen Jacobs, and completed in 1904 as The Seville Hotel, The Carlton serves as a historic reminder of New York’s elegant past.  An inspired fusion of old-world elegance with distinct contemporary energy and glamour, the century-old Carlton’s blend of historic and modern design perfectly captures the city’s spirit. The Carlton is one of three New York City hotels in the Autograph Collection, a growing ensemble of hotels selected for their distinctive style and ability to provide exclusive experiences to guests. Millesime, deriving from the French word for vintage, is the restaurant in the Carlton hotel. An organic collaboration not just by namesake, Millesime is built within the historically landmarked details known in the space, including the exquisite 1904 Tiffany-style glass dome skylight and the extraordinary mosaic floor. Millesime, accessible from the Carlton hotel’s lobby, exists on two floors and offers a menu which draws its inspiration from the classic seafood dishes found throughout France complimented by a variety of specialty cocktails.



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