Has the fashion world gone to the dogs? Apparently, since NSF Clothing joined forces with the Humane Society of the United States. GQ Magazine helped host the debut of fashion designer Nick Friedberg’s latest collection along with limited edition jacquard bracelets and matching dog collars. All proceeds from the sales of these do-gooding trend-setters go directly to help stop puppy mills.
What penthouse fashion event would be complete without Queer Eye For The Straight Guy’s Carson Kressly? In addition to having a fierce sense of style, Kressly has particular interest in helping canine companions: “Growing up we never had like, poodles or pure bred dogs- we always just went to the Lehi Valley animal shelter which was a Humane Society shelter in Allentown and we’d always go pick out a dog and they were always amazing…. So you know, why spend $3,000 on some inbred puppy that might have all kinds of crazy health problems when you can get a great dog for practically free and help save it’s life.”
In between star-spotting celebs like Ugly Betty’s Mark Indelicato and Josh Lucas (LOVE him in Sweet Home Alabama), I had the privilege of speaking with Stephanie Shain, Director of the Stop Puppy Mills Campaign. I asked Stephanie how to stop people from buying from pet stores and unethical breeders and she pointed out: “It’s a simple issue of supply and demand. The bottom line is buying a puppy from a pet store means you’re putting your money into an industry that supports animal cruelty and that thrives on it. It’s hard to walk away from the cute puppy in the pet store, but what happens when you do walk away, is the price keeps getting marked down, people stop buying them, and the store owners stop selling them.”
What motivated designer of the evening Nick Friedberg to team up with the HSUS in the first place? (Aside from owning a 120 lb African Rhodesian Ridgeback himself!): “I just believe in being a good human being and if I can find a raw material to use that is more eco-friendly or get involved with an organization like the Humane Society, and use whatever little influence I have to generate some financing for their campaign, I’m happy to do it. I’m really one that likes to give back.” And we’re so dog-gone glad you did!