On Oct. 21, shopping to support breast cancer is a day-long event on the Hill at “Cashmere for a Cause.”
All across the area this month, dozens of events are planned for the Living Beyond Breast Cancer organization to support breast cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers.
The national non-profit organization, which is based in Philadelphia, offers resources and support to women and is linked with a variety of awareness and fundraising events throughout the month of October.
There is a gala, athletic events, and even a Zumba party, but perhaps no event is more fun than a day of shopping.
On Oct. 21, shopping to support breast cancer is a day-long event right here on the Hill at “Cashmere for a Cause,” a curated women’s clothing and jewelry sale at Tailored Home. From 3 to 7:30 p.m., the upscale home and décor store at 8528 Germantown Ave. will feature a variety of clothing and jewelry, as well as small bites and wine for shoppers to sample. The event also will host a special keynote talk at 6:30 p.m. from renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper oncologist Dr. Pallav Mehta, a Chestnut Hill resident. No pre-purchased tickets are necessary.
Tailored Home owner Starr Osborne began working with the LBBC a few years ago, but once Covid hit, it became difficult to have in-person events. This year, the event will be bigger than ever, with clothing and a jewelry trunk show, and 10 percent of all proceeds from the day go directly to the LBBC, which has been providing 30 years of support and trusted information to women going through breast cancer.
“I feel strongly that this is something that affects all women,” said Osborne, who opened Tailored Home four years ago. She also owns local design, staging and moving companies. “Come in and shop, have a glass of wine. It’s shopping for a cause. We strongly believe in women gaining power and resilience through connectedness…We just love supporting it.
“I’m excited we can begin to do socially distanced events. People need connection,” Osborne said.
The Living Beyond Breast Cancer organization receives financial support from regional events like these during the month of October each year. The money raised from portions of retail sales goes directly toward funding programs and outreach like conferences, seminars and other vital information for patients and caregivers.
“For us, it’s two things. It’s a fun way for people to shop and buy something you want and support LBBC, and it's also great awareness,” said LBBC CEO Jean Sachs. “People who might not have known about us might learn about us because they go to the event.”
One of the highlights of this week’s “Cashmere for a Cause” sale, and the reason the entire event will benefit the LBBC, is The Cashmere Sale, an annual national pop-up offering everything from sweaters to wraps. A local pop-up site originally came to Flourtown in 2015, and then to Chestnut Hill in 2017, the year when “Cashmere for a Cause” first began. The Cashmere Sale Philly director Sarah Van Stone decided to have the Chestnut Hill October pop-up benefit the LBBC that year. Now that her pop-up is online instead of in a brick-and-mortar location, she teamed up with Tailored Home to make this year’s event a success.
“My mother passed away in 2005 from breast cancer and I have wanted to honor her and have never had the opportunity,” Van Stone said. “I thought I would love to give back. So this is our fifth year doing it.
“I love that the organization [LBBC] literally is a resource for the patient and the caregiver,” Van Stone said. “I wanted to team up with them.”
The Tailored Home event also will include Free Reign, a company that makes tank tops with built-in bras to be comfortable, shapely and provide coverage, a modern take on this everyday essential. The line of tanks is perfect for women who like going bra-free and can wear them as activewear, leisurewear or as intimates.
Osborne is also really excited to be featuring a full trunk show of jewelry from Capucine De Wulf, an upscale line of baubles dedicated to making women feel confident and beautiful.
“The reason I chose Capucine De Wulf is she believes jewelry is a way to empower women,” said Osborne. “It’s about being authentic and natural.”
For every jewelry purchase at the trunk show, Osborne will throw in a free pair of Capucine De Wulf earrings valued at $150.
“I was able to get the biggest [selection] of jewelry to come down for this trunk show,” Osborne said.
For those who may be immunocompromised or can’t come into the shop for the event, the participating boutiques will be selling their goods online as well all day, also with 10 percent of the profits going to LBBC.
For more information about Living Beyond Breast Cancer, go to www.LBBC.org
Tailored Home, 8528 Germantown Ave., 267-297-6502, www.shoptailoredhome.com
The Cashmere Sale, www.thecashmeresale.com (Use code Philly2021 for online purchases.)
Free Reign, www.freereignstyle.com
Capucine De Wulf, www.capucinedewulf.com