Thursday night I had the opportunity to go to a charity fashion show in Franklin hosted by a newish boutique called Philanthropy - a business that is focused on bettering the community and the world by donating a portion of their proceeds to charity. Little did I know how blown away I would be! First of all, I didn't realize how big Franklin-based brand Prophetik has become. The designer behind it, Jeff Garner, is truly committed to making the world a better place and he donates a portion of his proceeds from the line to Aid Sudan and Hands & Feet Orphanage. Together with Philanthropy, their goal is to raise $55,000 this year for these two charities. It is really a noble cause and seeing these people be so committed to loving & helping others less fortunate makes you think a little bit more about your own responsibility to give as well.

Prophetik Fashion Show at Philanthropy
inside Philanthropy

I decided to spring for the $25 VIP ticket, which was really, really cheap in retrospect - I got a great seat AND an awesome screenprinted tote bag, and you know how much I love bags! The show was outdoors and had live singers & music along with great fashion-y type music - we really were blessed that the rain stayed away during the show, and the temperature was perfect. The show opened with a video of the Hands & Feet Orphanage, then a bunch of confused & cute little kids meandered their way around the rocky runway in Sustainable Kids, an all sustainable kids euro street line designed by Mai Anderson.

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Then there was a groovy hip hop dance trio - it was fabulous because it was a girl and two guys and they could DANCE! They had a little difficulty with the rocky terrain but they did a great job maneuvering it. I was afraid they were going to kick some rocks in my face because I was so close! Then the Prophetik portion began...

Prophetik Fashion Show at Philanthropy

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More of the fashion show photos may be seen on my Flickr page. After the show was over, I went back to Philanthropy for the after party and to see my girls Angela & Courtney of Angel Court Jewelry. I met them at ICE in Atlanta a couple of years ago and then we were both at Stitch in 2006. They make a great duo - Courtney is the creative genius and Angela is the masterful business woman - they are really an inspiration to all indie businesses out there and Angela is so great at just throwing out business ideas and getting me motivated to take Freshie & Zero to the next level! Courtney uses antique findings & memorabilia such as optical lenses and keys to create one of a kind pieces, and they have figured out a way to make their one of a kind jewelry work in the wholesale trade show world, which is really impressive. We ended up talking for over an hour and I left with my brain buzzing with business motivation.

Angel Court trunk show at PhilanthropyAngel Court trunk show at Philanthropy

All in all, it was a really amazing night and one of the owners of Philanthropy, Marianne, is interested in bringing in Freshie & Zero into the store. I will follow up with her next week and keep my fingers crossed!