Sies Marjan and Barneys Give Back But Make It Fashion

Sies Marjan and Barneys Give Back But Make It Fashion

Sies Marjan's Sander Lak and Barneys New York join forces to help revamp children’s hospitals.

Sies Marjan's Sander Lak and Barneys New York join forces to help revamp children’s hospitals.

Text: Czar Van Gaal

On Wednesday, Barneys New York, V sat down with Sies Marjan designer Sander Lak designer at a private sale benefiting the non-profit RXART, which serves to transform pediatric hospitals into lively artistic environments. Lak was a natural choice to headline the event; not only known for lighting up the runway with kaleidoscopic textures and tailoring, he is also a big fan of the storied department store.

“We love Barneys!” he says. “They were the first one to pick us up when we started, and we have a very special relationship with them. We worked with RXART from the beginning of our existence as well. So, it’s a nice coming together of three great forces.”

Lak emphasizes fashion’s ability to give back—not only monetarily, but also as a means of escape from harsh realities. “I think every industry should be able to [give back], whatever that means to them, he says of our collective responsibilities. “I think that’s what great about an event like this—partnering up with several people [to] really make a bigger difference”.

Of his symbiotic relationship with the store, Lak says Sies Marjan plans to expand its presence at Barneys by adding new product categories with each collection, and to continue his philanthropic partnerships. So with each new holographic loafer, that's one small step for Sies, one leap for mankind.

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