73rd annual Parsons Benefit honors Tory Burch, Santo Domingo
The New School is set to host the 73rd annual Parsons Benefit on May 23, where it will honor visionary figures in fashion, among other creatives including Tory Burch the executive chairman and chief creative officer of Tory Burch and Lauren Santo Domingo, co-founder and chief brand officer of Moda Operandi.
This year’s honorees, which also include Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation and visual artist Kehinde Wiley, are being celebrated for their numerous contributions to design, retail, entrepreneurship, the arts, philanthropy, and social justice. They are also recognized for their long-standing commitment to supporting and creating opportunities for future generations of artists and designers, and creatives.
“Parsons is proud to be honoring this entrepreneurial and diverse group of leaders who are all visionaries in their respective industries and fields, and for their deep commitment to the values that guide Parsons in everything we do,” said Rachel Schreiber, executive dean of The New School’s Parsons School of Design.
“Parsons was founded upon the idea that design, art, and business can change the world, and these exceptional honorees are reimagining the creative and commercial landscape in unique ways that will positively impact a range of disciplines for years to come.”
Parsons hosts the Parsons Benefit each year to present and empower the next generation of fashion designers, while raising funds for student scholarships. Burch and Santo Domingo join an esteemed list of past honorees including Donna Karan, Jason Wu, Vera Wang, and more.
“It is an honor to be recognized by Parsons,” said Burch. “This school is synonymous with New York fashion, and its students are our industry’s future. I’m so inspired by their creativity and ingenuity, as well as by the incredible faculty led by Rachel Schreiber and Ben Barry. They’re training the designers of tomorrow — the ones who will push fashion forward and solve its biggest problems.”
“The fresh ideas and excitement the next generation brings to the fashion industry is what keeps the space evolving and moving forward,” added Santo Domingo. “Parsons is a world-renowned institution that helps young people hone their sartorial sensibilities and ideologies, and Moda Operandi is lucky to count many of our designers and employees among its alumni. It’s an honor to be recognized by an institution that has had such a profound impact both in New York and on fashion and culture globally.”
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