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Partnering for GLAAD

Partnering for GLAAD

At Nordstrom, we look for opportunities to work with our vendor partners to support organizations we believe in. That is why we partnered with JA Apparel® in October 2010 to support GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

During the month of October, JA Apparel donated 10 percent of net sales generated from the sale of all Joseph Abboud tailored clothing purchased at any of our Nordstrom stores nationwide, including Nordstrom Rack and online at Nordstrom.com, to GLAAD. GLAAD is a nonprofit focused on providing education programs that promote understanding, increase acceptance and advance equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Raising customer awareness

To engage our customers in our efforts to support GLAAD, we hosted two Joseph Abboud fashion events—at The Grove in Los Angeles and at our Cherry Creek store in Denver. Guests enjoyed an informal modeling presentation featuring the latest Joseph Abboud clothing along with style tips and trend information presented by celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch. Phillip, whose celebrity clients have included Halle Berry (Phillip dressed her for her historic Oscar win), was also on hand to provide top Nordstrom customers with an exclusive style consultation.

"Events such as these are fun and engaging for our customers, and they also create opportunities for us to raise awareness about important issues—all in a style well-suited to our culture," said David Witman, executive vice president and general merchandising manager for the Men's division at Nordstrom.

Developing long-term partnerships
"The fashion world has to take a lead role in promoting understanding, acceptance and empowerment to create equality, and Joseph Abboud is very proud to collaborate with Nordstrom on this initiative," said Anthony Sapienza, chief executive officer and president of JA Apparel Corporation.

"GLAAD's focus on the LGBT community was important for us," said David. "We are always pleased to work with organizations whose mission to support diversity so closely matches our own."

Nordstrom and Joseph Abboud have worked as partners on other important initiatives, such as joining together to raise money for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010. It is through these partnerships that Nordstrom is able to leverage our resources and work with others in the fashion world to address important social issues, raise funds to help those in need, and give back to our communities.

Glaad, Joseph Abboud

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