Charitable Teddy Bears, Beaded Bangles and More at Urban Zen's FEED-Raiser and Market
Last night, we joined FEED Projects co-founder Lauren Bush Lauren at the beautiful Urban Zen building in NYC for her charity's fourth annual FEED-Raiser and holiday bazaar. With a formidable guest list ranging from editors-in-chief to eco-minded designers, it was the swankiest fête we've attended all season. Within our first five minutes at the shindig, we spied the entire Bush/Lauren clan—from First Twins Jenna and Barbara Bush to David Lauren and design legend Ralph.
Tasty as the açai cocktails and platters of colorful root vegetable-based hors d'oeuvres were, the real draw here were the fair-trade goodies and gifts. Presented flea-market-style with individual stalls surrounding Urban Zen's atrium, vendors ranging from Choose Haiti to Calypso to TOMS were on hand to recommend perfect presents and explain their philanthropic roots. And set up front and center, of course, was a row of tables piled high with FEED Projects' own totes, bracelets, scarves and baby onesies. We were especially drawn to the striking FEED Kenya Masai scarves in red-and-blue plaid, a fun gift idea at $30 each.
"At our first FEED-Raiser, we actually just sold FEED stuff," Ralph-clad hostess Lauren Bush Lauren told me. "But at the second, we decided to open it up a bit. I love products that have a deeper meaning behind them—that give back or are eco-friendly—so we invited all our favorite vendors together for this party." We're thinking those TOMS sunglasses and Lemlem tunics will come in handy for Lauren's upcoming New Year's trip to Jamaica. "I'm just looking forward to going somewhere warm and relaxing," she said with a smile.
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