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Limited edition Tory Burch T-shirt to beneift the Japanese Red Cross.

By Tali Jaffe

While the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan hit nearly four months ago, many retailers and luxury brands continue to show their support through the sale of specialty merchandise. From key chains to t-shirts, these limited edition items have played an important part in the relief efforts going on throughout Japan.

While many brands have made donations, held auctions and special events to raise money for relief efforts, here we take a look at some of the products still available for purchase at at Bal Harbour Shops.

Bottega Veneta
All profits from the sale of Bottega Veneta’s special key chain will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society. Designed by creative director Tomas Maier, the keychain is made of hand-woven intrecciato nappa leather and represents the Japanese flag.

Bottega’s charitabel efforts don’t end there, though. From March 11 through June 11, the company has donated all proceeds from sales made on to the Japan relief effort. “I am moved and inspired by the courage and determination of the Japanese people,” says Tomas Maier. “In designin this keychain I hoped to create not just a means of financial contribution but also a bold symbol of shared care and commitment. I hope the people of Japan will draw strength from this and other symbols of the world’s love and support as they work to rebuild their country.”

This limited edition t-shirt from Chloe says it all, and100% of all proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross earthquake appeal. Pair this t-shirt with your Gucci bracelet and don’t forget the Bottega keychain!

Popular in Japan, Escada created a specially designed limited edition silk foulard to raise funds for the disaster-torn areas, with proceeds benefiting the Japanese Red Cross. In true Escada fashion, the design is elegant and ladylike, with a red, white and black pattern that reads "Escada (hearts) Japan."

Gucci is doing its part by donating all of the proceeds from sales of its limited edition bracelet to benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society. Featuring a white-red-white web that recalls the colors of the Japanese flag, the bracelet carries a medal with a message that reads, “Gucci loves you.”  Detailing includes white Calf leather on the lining and trim as well as a buckle in the shape of the House’s iconic horsebit. Additionally, Gucci has contributed—along with its fellow brands from the PPR Luxury Group—to the collective €2 million donation to the Red Cross raised by PPR.

Ralph Lauren
Polo Ralph Lauren and the United Way worldwide network join forces to support the relief effort in Japan. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this limited edition polo will be donated to the humanitarian effort through the Central Community Chest of Japan, a part of the United Way worldwide network.

The polo is available in Skinny fit, big and tall and custom fit and classic fit cotton mesh, finished with the embroidered pony at the left chest, applied flag and embroidered "Japan Relief" at the right chest. Embroidered "Japan," "Ralph Lauren" and "United Way Worldwide" logo at the back. Japanese characters for "hope" are embroidered at the left chest and back.

Tory Burch
Tory Burch was quick to come up with this clever t-shirt to benefit the disaster relief efforts. 100% of the net proceeds of every Japan Relief T-shirt sold through September 15, 2011, will go to the American Red Cross.

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