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designers

THE GIVING SEASON OUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS OPEN THEIR HEARTS (AND WALLETS) TO AN ARRAY OF CHARITABLE CAUSES.

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI, BRUNELLO CUCINELLI

BY JILLIAN LAROCHELLE

“My vision first and foremost has always been to create a company based on human dignity. Eight years ago, my wife and I created the Brunello and Federica Cucinelli Foundation to nourish the humanist aspirations born in Solomeo. Through art and aca-

ARNOLD SILVERSTONE, SAMUELSOHN

demics we have put emphasis on creating a work environment

“Recently established in memory of our executive chairman, The

full of life and inspiration.

Lawrence Pollack Foundation will be the main philanthropic endeavor

“I felt in order to create a

for Luxury Men’s Apparel Group and its companies, which include

beautiful product, my employees

Samuelsohn and Hickey Freeman Tailored Clothing. The primary

needed to be working in a beau-

focus will be on children in need—both those with special needs as

tiful place, where their creativity

well as those with financial needs.

could flourish. Solomeo is the

“Just last year, with Lawrence as the key

heart of where we work and

catalyst, we contributed a large gift to

where product is created. The

Make-A-Wish Foundation and it filled

environment is tranquil and

Lawrence with joy. Since his pass-

serene. It is important to me that

ing in April, we’ve raised funds

our employees work in a place

towards ambucycles in Israel.

rich with history, beauty and

The ambucycle program pro-

humanity. The Foundation aims to have a direct influence on

vides initial response in emer-

human values, understood as being the relationship between peo-

gencies until first respon-

ple and various activities in society.

ders arrive.

“The Foundation’s first project was the Forum of the Arts, which

“The Lawrence Pollack

began with the creation of a theatre. The theatre allows art, culture

Foundation and asso-

and spirituality to come together in a place that encourages

ciated events are cur-

absolute freedom of thought and religion and continues toward the

rently in develop-

development of human knowledge. We also created the academy,

ment. Once there is

which is a library home to ancient and modern texts. Our most

more specific infor-

recent development, “A Project for Beauty,” is dedicated to reviv-

mation, we will share

ing the land of Umbria surrounding Solomeo and creating parks

through our company

dedicated to youth, agriculture and beauty. The Foundation allows

websites. We hope you will

us to work for a higher purpose: a personal well-being in order to

join us in making a difference

enhance the beauty of the world.

in children’s lives, here in

“No act of kindness is too small if it will improve the life and

North America and abroad,

growth of people.”

on an ongoing basis.”

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