The waistcoat will be signed by a number of celebrities including Tony Bennett, who’s receiving a lifetime achievement award, and Jennifer Hudson
LONDON – MARCH 2013. The waistcoat with an image of Amy Winehouse on the back, which was worn by Mitch Winehouse to the BRIT Awards last month, will be auctioned in New York on Thursday 21st March 2013 at the Amy Winehouse Foundation Inspiration Awards and Gala. The waistcoat will be signed by a number of celebrities including Tony Bennett, who’s receiving a lifetime achievement award, and Jennifer Hudson who is performing at the Gala.
The waistcoat was designed and created by British celebrity tailor Stephen Williams of tailoring house Bespoke HQ, who also made the suit Mitch wore to the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball held in London last November. Stephen has dressed and created suits for the likes of David Beckham, Stephen Dorff, Jermaine Jackson, and Jacobi Calthorpe, and he previously worked for Giorgio Armani before working as a tailor at William Hunt on Savile Row.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation are raising money for various charities in the USA, including the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) to assist in supporting after school music programs for children in those districts still struggling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The foundation hope the Inspiration Awards and Gala will become an annual event to raise awareness and resources for the Amy Winehouse Foundation in the US. All monies raised in the US, including from this event will go to US programs.
Talking about the commemorative waistcoat for Amy, tailor Stephen Williams said; “The uniqueness and extra detail we have put into the garment celebrates the impact Amy had on the music industry. We had great feedback from the press and Amy’s fans when Mitch wore it to the BRITs, so hopefully it will raise a lot of money at the auction!”
Mitch adds; “The suit Stephen created is beautiful, I proudly wore it to the BRIT Awards when Amy was nominated for a posthumous award and everyone loved it. Amy was half American so I’m really hoping it raises a lot of money for the foundation on the night of the Gala so we can help more kids in the US.”
The Inspiration Awards and Gala will take place at the famous Waldorf Astoria in New York City, on Thursday 21st March 2013, and will honour Tony Bennett, NAS, SaLaAM ReMi and Elhadj “Moe” Kane. Jennifer Hudson will be a featured guest performer.
About The Amy Winehouse Foundation - The Amy Winehouse Foundation US is supporting and empowering children and young adults in need through music therapy and music education and works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. The Foundation aims to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.
About Bespoke HQ - Bespoke HQ is an innovative new brand by the lauded master tailor behind Terence Trout, Stephen Williams. A unique tailoring experience providing you with both classic and contemporary designs, Bespoke HQ is bringing vision and creativity into the traditional tailoring service.
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