amfAR & John Varvatos Collaborate to Raise funds for HIV Research
World Pride and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising will be celebrated in New York City, and around the world, for the entire month of June culminating in various marches on the last weekend. To honor this event and special anniversary, amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) has partnered with designer John Varvatos. The result? The John Varvatos Pride capsule, a three-piece collection composed of two T-shirts ($78 each) and a single tank ($68), with thirty percent of proceeds donated to amfAR.
For over thirty years, amfAR has been a groundbreaking leader in the fight to support the needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, focusing on supporting a robust research pipeline. To date, amfAR has contributed nearly $550 million to HIV research programs, and recently funded the research consortium that announced its London Patient HIV remission news. In 2014, amfAR launched its initiative, Countdown to a Cure for AIDS, awarding seventy-three Countdown grants to support research conducted by 274 scientists at ninety-two institutions in sixteen countries. In 2015, the foundation launched its amfAR Institute for Cure Research, which provided a five-year, $20 million grant to the University of California, San Francisco, to work on “scientific challenges that stand in the way of an HIV cure,” according to its website.
John Varvatos is a world-renown award-winning menswear designer who has long been a supporter of LGBTQ+ and HIV causes, as well as music education. During Pride Month, JV stores in New York City will display panel sections of the NAMES Project/AIDS Memorial Quilt, among other Pride-related events and commemorations.
To make a purchase and help support amfAR, log on to: https://www.johnvarvatos.com/world_pride_shop/. If you are attending the World Pride March, watch out for amfAR’s float with Neiman Marcus. For more information about amfAR, log on to: www.amfar.org.