Mercado Global Fashion Forward
On Thursday, November 1st, the 6th annual Fashion Forward Celebration was held on at The Bowery Hotel. The annual benefit raised funds and awareness for the work Mercado Global does to empower women entrepreneurs.
At the ceremony, Yael Aflalo, Founder of Reformation, received the 2018 Global Impact Award, presented by Lyndsey Butler; Karla Martinez de Salas, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Mexico & Latin America, received the 2018 Fashion Forward Visionary Award presented by Alexi Lubomirski; and Alida Boer, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur, received the 2018 Ambassador Award, presented by Aaron Diaz.
“At a time when the challenges facing women and families in Central America has been front and center in the news, it was so inspiring to see so many New Yorkers out in support of our work,” says Mercado Global Founder Ruth DeGolia, of the special evening. “The generosity and support of New York’s fashion, finance and philanthropic communities is unbelievable.”
Guests enjoyed Latin-themed chef's tables and cocktails prepared by Baby Brasa Organic Peruvian Cuisine, Toloache, Llamita, and specialty cocktails by Tabernero Pisco, Santera Tequila, Se Busca Mezcal and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Mercado Global is a Brooklyn-based accessory brand and non-profit that empowers rural Latin American women to become entrepreneurs. Through donor-funded business education and leadership programs, we help women create community businesses to support themselves and their families. By designing collections for the international market while using traditional local weaving techniques, we are changing the status quo for women, communities, and the industry.
DeGolia continues: “It was inspiring to see so many New Yorkers come together in support of our work giving a hand up to women and families in Central America. At a time when these women and families face so many challenges, the support and generosity for our Central American neighbors that the New York Community showed last night filled me with optimism and hope.”
It was a wonderful night full of generosity and fun.