Rosie Assoulin, Prabal Gurung, Mary Katrantzou, Adam Lippes, David Yurman and More Have Created Limited Edition T-Shirts and Signature Items
Photography courtesy of Bruno.
Dallas-based retailer Forty Five Ten has opened a Pop-Up Shop celebrating the twentieth anniversary of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, which carries notable designer brands who have donated a range of signature pieces. TWO x TWO beneficiaries amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art has items on sale, too.
The TWO x TWO Pop-Up will be open through Saturday, October 27 at the flagship Forty Five Ten location, 1615 Main Street, Dallas, TX. All items are also available at http://shop.amfar.org/
TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art will celebrate its 20th annual benefit gala dinner and contemporary art auction benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research on Saturday, October 27. Held at the Richard Meier-designed Rachofsky House in Dallas, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised over $75 million in its twenty-year history in support of amfAR’s research initiatives and the DMA’s contemporary program.
“Over our twenty years, we have been extraordinarily blessed with the support of so many designers, luxury brands and generous supporters. Along with our sponsor Forty Five Ten, we wanted to celebrate this special anniversary and provide a one-of-a-kind shopping experience commemorating our milestone,” said Cindy Rachofsky, co-host and founder, TWO x TWO, along with her husband, Howard Rachofsky.
“This is such a great collaboration for Forty Five Ten because it’s one of like-mindedness—we both celebrate the space that connects fashion, art and design. To be a part of this special anniversary for an amazing cause has been our honor,” said Kristen Cole, President and Chief Creative Officer, Forty Five Ten.
Among the highlights is a series of limited-edition t-shirts designed by some of the fashion industry’s leading names, each retailing for $200. The designers include:
- Rosie Assoulin
- Alberta Feretti
- Prabal Gurung
- Mary Katrantzou
- Derek Lam
- Adam Lippes
- Peter Pilotto
- Lela Rose
- Proenza Schouler
- Jeremy Scott for Moschino
- Carine Roitfeld
- Christian Siriano
- Emilia Wickstead
- David Yurman
Notable brands have donated a range of signature pieces such as:
- Casa Dragones – a set of sipping tequila glassware and a margarita glass
- Carpenters Workshop Gallery – four lamps priced from $11,000 to $27,000
- Nancy Gonzalez – 5 styles, special edition handbags ranging from $2,000 to $4,500
- Oliver Peoples – a selection of styles
- The Tot – limited edition designer t-shirts for kids like the adult ones (described above) and Levi jackets inscribed with artist-designed words
- Sue Gragg Precious Jewels – a custom diamond necklace with your child’s name
The Dallas Museum of Art has published TWO x TWO x TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. The book celebrates twenty years of significant contemporary art acquisitions and exhibitions made possible by proceeds from the TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art auction. The book retails for $55. (See release in Dropbox for full details on the book.)
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, has provided logoed caps, artist-designed beach towels, a Jean Paul Gaultier tote bag and other retail items.
A preview party for TWO x TWO supporters was held on Wednesday, September 19. Attendees enjoyed passed bites from The Joule, Cindy’s Margarita with Casa Dragones’ Blanco Tequila and music by DJ Lucy Wrubel.
The crowd included TWO x TWO Hosts Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Director Melissa Ireland, and longtime supporters of the cause including: Jessica Nowitzki, Nasiba and Thomas Hartland-Mackie, Brian Bolke and Faisal Halum, Rob Dailey, Laura and Walter Elcock, Jeny Bania, Suzanne and David Droese, Cindy Ferris, Meghan Looney, Lisa and John Runyon, along with Joe Cole and Forty Five Ten’s President and Chief Creative Officer Kristen Cole. as they purchased their favorite items from the TWO x TWO 20th Anniversary Collection.
About Forty Five Ten
Dallas-born boutique Forty Five Ten merges fashion and art, inciting the new, the unconventional, the eclectic, and the inspired. The brand presents global luxury and emerging talent in women’s, men’s, design, and beauty. After opening in Dallas in 2000, Forty Five Ten immediately established its trademark sensibility with an emphasis on playful, experimental, and luxury designers. After being acquired by Headington Companies in 2014, the brand expanded its footprint with the opening of a flagship store in the heart of downtown Dallas in 2016. An emblem of the city’s urban renaissance, the 37,000-square-foot, four-story building features three retail levels; its corporate headquarters, a top-floor restaurant and lounge, Mirador, a first-floor cafe, and museum-quality art throughout. The flagship, along with additional brick-and-mortar locations with several on the horizon, has earned Forty-Five Ten the reputation as an anchor of neighborhoods on the rise.
About TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art
Since its inception 19 years ago, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art has raised over $75 million in support of amfAR’s essential AIDS research initiatives and the Dallas Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund. To date, over 260 exceptional works of art have been acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art with proceeds from TWO x TWO exclusively from dealers and artists who have supported TWO x TWO in the past. This reinvestment strategy creates a synergistic partnership designed to benefit all associated with the event. TWO x TWO has become amfAR’s largest fundraiser in the United States and is also the DMA’s largest fundraiser. All donated artwork is installed in the Richard Meier-designed Rachofsky House and is on view during the month prior to the auction for a series of events and range of collecting audiences among the 1,500+ visitors. All sponsors and donated lots are featured in superb hard copy catalogs, which feature the artist and gallery websites, and which are sent to collectors around the globe for absentee bidding. twoxtwo.org