Fashion Students Design Handmade Apparel and Accessories to Help Cancer Victims

Eleven teams of PhilaU fashion students designed and created 165 handmade items, including blankets, bibs and headbands, for ChemoClothes, a charitable organization that supports cancer patients and their families.

Jared Levy, president of ChemoClothes, and several others from the organization will be at PhilaU on Wednesday, Dec. 7, when the students present their projects to a panel of judges and then turn them over for donation to the Marlton, N.J.-based organization.

Some 65 students in fashion design, fashion merchandising and fashion industry management made the items for the Survey of Apparel Industry class, for which students are required to identify a needy group and create a product to provide for some unmet need.  Students must design, merchandise, produce and market the products for the class, which is intended to simulate a real fashion business environment.

The items to be donated have a retail value of more than $2,000, said faculty member Benjamin Freeman, who teaches the class.

Levy started ChemoClothes in honor of his mother, Deb Levy, who lost her battle with cancer in 2008.  Through the sale of handcrafted items, ChemoClothes raises funds for educational and therapeutic programs and to help local families who are dealing with cancer.

Sara Mankoff, a sophomore fashion industry management student, was part of a group that made 15 infinity scarves, a one-piece design that hangs in a circle around the neck.  The scarves were designed to be lightweight, comfortable yet offer warmth and style, she explained. “We were inspired by Jared’s mother, who loved to knit,” Mankoff said.

“ChemoClothes is extremely grateful to receive such heartfelt items to aid our cause against cancer,” Levy said.  “We are not only thankful but proud to be working with the Philadelphia University students on this project.”

The students will present the projects from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 7 in The Tuttleman Auditorium at Philadelphia University, off School House Lane in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.   The judges include industry leaders, business owners and apparel executives.  Levy will speak to the students at approximately 12:15 p.m. and accept the donations for his charitable organization.

Some of the items made by PhilaU students for ChemoClothes include:

  • student-designed blankets that can fold up into pillows
  • hand-knit infinity scarves to give patients warmth and comfort, with a cancer ribbon charm attached
  • fleece headbands adorned with accessories
  • hand-crocheted headbands for baby girls
  • carry-on totes
  • hand-made “bohemian” baby bibs

For more information about ChemoClothes, click here.

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