In celebration of World Humanitarian Day, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet has collaborated with Lele Pons on a capsule collection to raise funds and awareness for Airbnb.org’s work to provide free, emergency stays for people displaced by humanitarian crises. The collection will be available for purchase beginning August 19, and alice + olivia hosted launch events on August 17 at retail locations in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami, with Lele attending the Miami event.
This partnership exemplifies the power of bringing the fashion and nonprofit community together to drive positive change. As part of the collaboration, a percentage of each sale during the three store launch events will be donated to Airbnb.org. In addition, alice + olivia shoppers will also have the option to make a donation to Airbnb.org after checkout for online purchases from August 19 to October 18. All funds donated to Airbnb.org from the collaboration will go toward supporting refugees and others impacted by humanitarian crises.
The connection between Lele Pons and Airbnb.org’s work with refugees
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Lele Pons is passionate about the work of Airbnb.org, which has connected nearly 200,000 refugees to free, temporary stays since its founding as an independent nonprofit in December 2020. More than 30,000 of these refugees and asylum seekers are from Venezuela, Syria, and other countries facing ongoing political and socio-economic upheaval. And with over 7 million refugees and migrants leaving Venezuela, Airbnb.org continues to provide critical support for Venezuelans and other refugees around the world who have been forced from their home.
My parents and I fled Venezuela when I was five years old, which is why I am deeply inspired by Airbnb.org’s work with refugees and people who are looking for a better life. When you’re fleeing unimaginable circumstances, having a welcoming place to stay, even for a short time, is so important. I am very excited to collaborate with alice + olivia and working with Stacey Bendet to design the capsule collection.
Airbnb.org stepped up to support short-term housing relief efforts during recent humanitarian crises, such as the war in Ukraine and the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. Together with other nonprofits, Hosts, and donors, Airbnb.org continues to provide emergency stays for thousands of people, including over 135,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine and over 34,000 from Afghanistan. The partnership with alice + olivia and Lele will help amplify Airbnb.org’s critical work and raise funds so the organization can offer free stays to even more people impacted by large-scale crises.
About the collection
alice + olivia is known for its iconic designs and commitment to empowering women. The three-piece collection created in collaboration with Lele Pons features the Barron cropped wide sleeve zip up hoodie, Willa placket top with piping, and Allen crew neck sleeveless tank, available in three colorways: Lele Love, Faith, and Cosmic Light.
Photos courtesy of alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet; photography by Sabina Miklowitz
The idea to collaborate with Airbnb.org came after hearing Brian Chesky speak at the Allen & Company conference and hearing about Airbnb.org’s impactful work with people facing humanitarian crises. We decided to partner with a focus on helping women in need globally. This first collaboration with the amazing Lele Pons is launching on World Humanitarian Day to help provide housing for refugees worldwide, including women and children in Venezuela. We are proud of this collection and hope to continue it for years to come.
—Stacey Bendet, CEO and Creative Director, alice + olivia
The collection is set to retail between $295 to $395 and will be available to purchase starting August 19 on World Humanitarian Day in select alice + olivia stores and at aliceandolivia.com. Following the collection’s launch, alice + olivia shoppers will be able to support Airbnb.org’s work by making a donation to Airbnb.org after checkout on any online purchase made through October 18.
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