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Julian Louie for Aldo; Coach and Alexis Bittar Raise Funds for Japan

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SOHO&8212;New at Aldo: A capsule collection of high-style wedges by designer Julian Louie. Louie studied architecture before he went into fashion, and his background comes through in the shoes' sophisticated shapes, but the ikat patchwork print keeps them feeling young and fun. Also young and fun: The price, which is $125 a pop. Both styles go on sale at Aldo stores tomorrow, but tonight, Joe Zee is hosting a launch at the Aldo in Soho (470 Broadway.) It runs from 7pm to 9pm, and if you're lucky you might still be able to buy a ticket to the event on Rue La La. [Refinery29]

EVERYWHERE—Two more retailers have pledged financial support for earthquake-ravaged Japan. Coach is giving 400 million yen (around $5 million) to the Japanese Red Cross Society. And Alexis Bittar plans to follow up last year's $60,000 fundraising efforts for Haiti with a week of philanthropy for Japan. Next week, 100% of sales proceeds on his website will go to the Catholic Relief Services. He'll also donate 100% of in-store sales on March 24th. [WWD]


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