By Raan & Shea Parton
Photos by Lindsay H. Parton
At Apolis, we have long been proud to be members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, so when we were asked to design a football for the NFL Foundation, we jumped at the chance. On July 17th, 2014 we were extremely grateful to hear the announcement that we were two of the new 30 designers to be added to the CFDA family, now totaling 478 members. For those not familiar with what exactly it is that the CFDA does, it is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping American designers flourish in the global fashion realm. The organization, based in New York City, also hosts an awards ceremony once a year to honor the best designers and rising talent.
The CFDA has been very supportive of Apolis since we joined in 2014, including support of our Global Citizen Exchange. This week, the CFDA has partnered with the NFL to auction off 50 custom designed footballs. All proceeds go to benefit the The NFL Foundation which works to support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities which support our game. Several of our favorite other Los Angeles designers, including Clare Vivier and Rebecca Minkoff, have also designed footballs that are available for auction.
A few weeks ago, we previewed the design of our football on Twitter and now we are excited to share the following photostory from the planning and creation of our football. We designed it to represent our ideals of Global Citizenry, with a tattoo needle for the initial outline of the map and then filled with black, white and gold acrylic paints. We are so pleased with the way it turned out and honored to be in the company of so many amazing designers supporting the NFL Foundation.
Shop Auction (Deadline: Feb. 14): Apolis + CFDA Football for NFL Foundation
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