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On the whole, Liberty Fairs is a men’s contemporary trade event. One that has built its foundation in fashion and lifestyle markets by hosting industry leading brands, media and buyers across shows in New York City, Las Vegas and Florence, Italy.

The Liberty Fairs mantra? Freedom and space without boundaries. Especially fitting for Liberty’s latest initiative: Art for Africa. Parked at the intersection of fashion, art and charity, Art for Africa is a collaborative initiative between Liberty Fairs, 14+ Foundation, and Paddle8 in which 12 different artists were commissioned to bring their works to life using only a Schott NYC Police Motorcycle Leather Jacket or a Levi’s Denim Trucker Jacket as their canvas.

Each of the 12 artists approached the project from their own unique perspective and medium, making for truly one-off interpretations of the classic outerwear silhouettes—some even opting to transform their jacket into unwearable pieces of display art.

All 12 jackets are currently on display at Liberty Fairs New York at Pier 94 this week and at Liberty Fairs Las Vegas in February at the Sands Expo Center. Bidding auctions are available to Liberty Fairs attendees and the Paddle8 community beginning February 8 and lasting through February 22 (ending day of Liberty Las Vegas).

Proceeds from the auction will benefit 14+ Foundation—a nonprofit dedicated to building and operating schools and orphanages in rural areas of Africa. To get involved, visit the Paddle8 website, and be sure to check out the front-of-house Art for Africa display at Liberty Fairs New York through January 26, and in February from 20-22.

Liberty Fairs New York
625 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Words by Taj Reed