In a move that helps keep more children throughout the United States warm in cold winter months, Alvanon Inc. has donated seven AlvaForm fit mannequins to philanthropic organisation Operation Warm. The AlvaForms also support Operation Warm’s recently launched Made in the USA programme. The announcement was made jointly by Operation Warm and Alvanon.
“Alvanon is pleased to support Operation Warm’s humanitarian mission of supplying new coats to children,” says Janice Wang-Millard, Alvanon’s CEO and a founding family member. “Alvanon was born out of a childrenswear manufacturing company owned by Dr. Kenneth Wang, my father. Our gift to Operation Warm is one way of our giving back to the industry while contributing to a great cause.”
Wang-Millard adds that Operation Warm’s Made in the USA initiative parallels Alvanon’s recently launched Fashion Fit Movement, which is designed to bring manufacturing back to classic garment centers worldwide, including New York. “Operation Warm and Alvanon share a common objective of bringing manufacturing back to New York’s great garment making areas,” she says.
Since launching its Fashion Fit Movement in April 2014, Alvanon has donated AlvaForms and AlvaBlock fit blocks to London-based Fashion Enter, a manufacturing and training center of excellence, and to Werkstatt, a New York City-based pattern making business. The gift to Werkstatt, which has an Operation Warm connection, was made through the Council of Fashion Designer’s of America ’s (CFDA) Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI), whose mission is to revitalize garment manufacturing in New York City .
“Werkstatt founder and owner Tina Schenk happens to be a provider of pro bono pattern making services to Operation Warm,” Wang-Millard says. “Alvanon’s and Werkstatt’s associations with Operation Warm are purely coincidental, but they reflect the widespread support Operation Warm has earned from around the industry.”
About Operation Warm
Operation Warm is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of new winter coats to children in need. Operation Warm’s vision is that every child wearing a new winter coat is healthy, able to attend school regularly and develop a strong self-esteem. Founded in 2002, Operation Warm has served over 1.4 million children across the US. For more information visit: www.operationwarm.org.