Seattle, WA (May 11th 2016)—Blending conservation and fashion to save the largest unprotected rainforest in Peru, A-DOT Productions today announces Inspiración del Perú. This high fashion benefit event and performance series, set for May 11th at Metropolist in Seattle, will unite communities in Seattle and across the globe for a common cause, to save the rainforest in style. Designed as a celebration of Peruvian fashion, fine art, and performances, proceeds from the event will go to 501(c)(3) organization Hoja Nueva, safeguarding the future of the rainforests through conservation, reforestation, and sustainable agriculture in Peru.
Inspiración del Perú will host internationally acclaimed Peruvian designers including headliners Augusto Manzanares, Gerardo Privat, Jose Zafra, Evelyn Brooks of Peru, Seattle-local Francesco Hernandez, and many others.
These designers will be presenting their newest collections representing traditional Peruvian influences with modern twists, as the closing gala for the day-long program which begins at 2pm and includes two runway shows at 5:15pm and a VIP gala at 8:15pm. To complement the fashion, the event will showcase visual and performance art by local and international artists, inspired by the colorful sceneries of Peru from the wild diversity of the Amazonian jungle to the illustrious Andes Mountains and lush farmlands. (continued pg.2)
This culture-collaborative runway event is raising funds to support the Seattle-Peru based non-profit, Hoja Nueva facilitating the sustainable production of *cacao trees in a three-part effort to save the rainforest, conserve wildlife, and support local communities in both Peru and Seattle.
Artisan Marketplace (2pm-9pm)
Runway to Peru (Shows at 5:30pm and 8:30pm)
VIP Chocolate Tasting Hour (7:30pm-8:30pm)
Gala and Auction Save the Rainforest (9pm-10pm)
Official After Party (10pm)
Each ticket purchased to the event will plant one cacao tree in the Piedras region of the Amazon, home to the largest unprotected rainforest on earth. In addition to the positive environmental impacts this will have—including protecting endangered wildlife habitat and combating global climate change—this event will cultivate chocolate adored by Seattleites! Hoja Nueva’s cacao trees will produce fair-trade and organic ingredients for Seattle-local chocolate manufacturers and sustain the organization’s continuous projects in sustainability, community development, wildlife conservation, and reforestation (hojanueva.org).
Join us on May 11th 2016 to Save the Rainforest in style.
This event is powered by A-DOT Productions, Hoja Nueva, Vann Edge Salon, NOVICA of National Geographic, and the many artists presenting in Inspiración del Perú—a high fashion benefit event and performance series, uniting communities in both Seattle and across the globe for a common cause, to save the world in style—May 11th 2016.
PRESS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: MAY 9TH, MAY 11TH
Inspiración del Perú is a day-long program:
MAY 11TH, 2PM-10PM
ARTISAN MARKET PLACE (5PM-9PM)
Shop and enjoy a one-day-only market of Peruvian goods: food, original art, music and more from 2pm-9pm (closed from 4pm-5pm)
VIP CHOCOLATE TASTING (7:30PM)
Taste traditional cacao melted over small bites and infused in cocktails
READY TO WEAR RUNWAY SHOW (DOORS AT 5:15PM)
Presenting the newest ready to wear collections by internationally acclaimed Peruvian designers and performances by local artists.
COUTURE RUNWAY SHOW & GALA (DOORS AT 8:15PM)
Presenting the newest haute couture collections by internationally acclaimed Peruvian designers, a live auction to save the rainforest and additional performances by local artists.
Prior to the event our media team will arrange one-on-one interviews with designers and organizers for exclusive sound bites and media content.
We are happy to personalize media arrangements. Examples include photo shoot prior to the event, off-site interviews, and official media partnerships.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a pass with subject line, "Media"
- Media content is available in Spanish and English
- Social Media Handles for IG and FB are @RunwaytoPeru2016
- Designer Headshot, bio and sample photos are available
- Portfolio examples from previous designer collections are available
- Additional information available upon request
Metropolist, Seattle, WA (USA)
Ava J. Holmes - Runway producer and founder or A-DOT L.L.C., Ava has worked with over 100 designers internationally through fashion weeks including Eco Fashion Week, Vancouver Fashion Week, and FashioNXT.
Nazy Alvarez - For over 14 years, Nazi has been a designer and art director developing 360 branding for retail giants such as Bebe, Forever 21, Kmart, Martha Stewart, Joe Boxer, Art Van Furniture and Lane Bryant. Nazy has collaborated with some of the biggest talents, models and celebrities.
Samantha Zwicker, M.S. - Sam is a co-founder and President of 501(c)(3) nonprofit Hoja Nueva and Ph.D. student in ecology, conservation, agroforestry, and nonprofit management at the University of Washington. In addition to teaching environmental science courses at the UW, she is the President of the Forestry Honor Society and a term member of the renowned Explorers Club.
Board of Advisors: See here
A-DOT PRODUCTIONS - our production team is comprised of twelve 20+ year industry professionals in Seattle, twelve additional production directors and interns from 7 different areas of study.
HOJA NUEVA - Hoja Nueva is a dynamic 501(c)(3) nonprofit based out of Seattle working in the Piedras region of Madre de Dios, Peru. Their focus is centered on integrating research, conservation, education, and reforestation into their everyday permaculture practices while collaborating with local NGOs and agricultural associations. Hoja Nueva is working to create a sustainable, just cacao marketplace focused on the direct relationship between the farmer, buyer, and consumer. They have the opportunity and obligation to work with existing and colonizing communities to establish more sustainable development and agriculture practices that increase standards of living while concurrently maintaining healthy forests. hojanueva.org
Designers that have previously exhibited
JAY MCCAROLL, inaugural winner of Project Runway
ALTHEA HARPER, Project Runway
MAX GENGOS, Calvin Klien
KRISTIN HASKIN SIMMS, Project Runway contestant
LUIS VENEZUELA, creator of EcoArtFashion
ANDY SOUTH, Project Runway Top 3 Finalist
SETH AARON, Project Runway Season 7 Winner
KARA SAUN, Project Runway Season 1 Finalist
MILIA HERMANOVSKI, Project Runway Allstar
GORDANA GELHAUSEN, Project Runway Allstar