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Tuesday February 7, 2012

Israeli Designer Yigal Azrouel Donating Proceeds from Stores to Help Mexican Children

Israeli Designer Yigal Azrouel Donating Proceeds from Stores to Help Mexican Children

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Israeli fashion designer Yigal Azrouel will be collaborating once again with New York-based non-profit organization Project Paz to help children in the violence-wracked Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Azrouel has designed a series of iPhone cases inspired by his latest Spring collection, which he will present during New York’s Feb. 9-16 Fashion Week, and proceeds from their sale will be donated to Project Paz, the organization said.

The New York-based Israeli, best known as a designer of women’s clothing, inaugurated his first Cut25 fashion store on Thursday in New York and unveiled a limited edition of four iPhone cases named “Yours Truly,” “The Zelda,” “Hayley’s Closet” and “Cut Up.”

Each costs $35 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Project Paz, founded by a group of New Yorkers originally from the Ciudad Juarez-El Paso area who are dedicated to raising “awareness about the social and economic challenges faced in Ciudad Juarez and to funding projects that strengthen community bonds in the region.” the organization said in a press release.

“Additionally, Yigal is donating to the organization 10 percent of all Cut25 store proceeds from February 2-5,” Project Paz said.

All of the funds will help the organization provide underprivileged children in Ciudad Juarez with a complementary visit to that city’s innovative La Rodadora science and culture museum, which will open its doors in April.

“We are very happy to collaborate for the second time with designer Yigal Azrouel. Thanks to supporters like him, we have been able to help underprivileged children in Ciudad Juarez to expand their knowledge and skills with after-school activities,” Carlos Armando Garcia, board member of Project Paz, said.

Ciudad Juarez, regarded as Mexico’s murder capital, was the scene of more than 3,100 homicides in 2010 and nearly 2,000 more last year, or 148 murders for every 100,000 residents.

Authorities attribute most of the violence in the hardscrabble metropolis to a territorial conflict between the Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels.