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Yesterday, news broke that DKNY accidentally/illegally used photos taken by New York City-based photographer Brandon Stanton in their Bangkok store windows. DKNY apologized once it was brought to their attention, and in lieu of compensation, Brandon requested that the brand donate $100,000 to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
DKNY met him a quarter of the way and donated $25,000 to the Bed-Stuy Y, which went toward their Strong Kids campaign. When asked how they felt about being the center of attention, we were told the YMCA is "very grateful" to both Brandon for the support, and DKNY for their response.
As for where that money is specifically going, the YMCA tweeted: "@Humansofnewyork @dkny thought you might want to see some of the smiles that your gift will give this summer." The accompanying link is to a YouTube video of adorable kids hanging out at the YMCA Day Camp.
· Blogger Demands DKNY Repay Photo Theft With YMCA Donation [Racked]
· Strong Kids Campaign [YMCA]