Holiday Gift Guide 2015: amfAR

Heidi Klum models the Jean Paul Gaultier Tote Bag for amfAR
Heidi Klum models the Jean Paul Gaultier Tote Bag for amfAR

amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. Focusing on emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR-funded research has increased the world’s understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since it’s founding in 1985, amfAR has invested more than $415 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.

When it comes to gifts, amfAR maintains its high standards.

Whether you’re heading to the beach or lounging by the pool this summer, showing your support for amfAR has never looked so good with the Jean Paul Gaultier Summer Tote Bag. In collaboration with renowned fashion designer and long-time supporter Jean Paul Gaultier, amfAR has produced a special edition tote bag to raise AIDS awareness and help fund its search for a cure (modeled by Heidi Klum in the picture). Tell Me More: The stylish tote is made of durable canvas and contains interior pockets for your sunglasses and phone. 100% of the purchase price benefits amfAR. Make a fashion statement on social media! Post a photo of your new purchase on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and don’t forget to tag @amfAR using the hashtag #amfARTote. How Much: $40.

Designed by British visual artist Shantell Martin exclusively for amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS

Gilles Marini wraps himself in the Be Epic, Cure AIDS towel. Photo by Sean Black
Gilles Marini wraps himself in the Be Epic, Cure AIDS towel

initiative, this 100-percent cotton towel features Martin’s signature swirls and black-and-white illustrations with the emblazoned shout-out “Be Epic, Cure AIDS.” Actor Jay Ellis, and model Andreja Pejic launched the eye-catching beach or spa must-have over the summer. Although summer is over AIDS isn’t. Why not consider giving this all-purpose, all-season fashion piece useful for a winter break beach get away, a spa day or simply a long soak in the tub? Tell Me More: This holiday season, actor Gilles Marini [A&U, October, 2015], who along with Jay Ellis has ridden in Kiehl’s LifeRide and other events to support amfAR, has stepped forward to model the comfy towel. When you make a purchase from amfAR, you’re contributing to the life-saving AIDS research that is helping them pave the way to an AIDS-free generation.

How to Purchase or Place Your Order: The towel is being sold exclusively at Scoop NYC locations as well as on amfAR’s on-line store at


  1. What a cool thing it would be if I could donate to, or at least endorse, the HIV treatment I believed would be the most effective/promising.

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