The Real Real, an online luxury consignment shop, is selling more than 800 garments from a private collection—including fashions from Valentino, Chanel, and Oscar de la Renta—that will benefit the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.
The couture collection, titled “The Collection of Chief Aduke O Fernandez,” is owned and curated by Abimbola ‘Bim’ Fernandez, whose mother, Chief Aduke O’ Fernandez, passed away from colon cancer in 2013.
The collection comprises one-of-a-kind vintage designer gowns and a ready-to-wear selection made for Abimbola Fernandez’s mother by top fashion houses. Garments were worn among world dignitaries, such as President Nelson Mandela, President Dos Santos of Angola, and Prince Rainier III.
Abimbola Fernandez is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the garments to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. Fashionistas interested in viewing items for sale from the collection can visit www.abimbolafernandez.com (click on the “shop” tab).
“The Alliance is deeply grateful for this act of charity by Bim, who is a true ally,” said Michael Sapienza, CEO. “As seen here, fashion can be a powerful force for good in the world that can also raise awareness and funds to benefit patients across the country.”
Abimbola Fernandez’s mother married her father, Ambassador Deinde Fernandez, in 1982. Her father was a diplomat and ambassador to the United Nations for the Central African Republic. He was also the country’s prime minister of foreign affairs. Together, Deinde Fernandez and Chief Aduke O’ Fernandez built a gem and precious metals empire. Deinde Fernandez passed away in 2015.
Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of death related to cancer in the U.S., but it is highly treatable if detected early. In 2017 alone, over 135,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
About the Colorectal Cancer Alliance
The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is a national nonprofit committed to ending colorectal cancer. Working with our nation of passionate allies, we diligently support the needs of patients and families, caregivers, and survivors, eagerly raise awareness of preventative screening, and continually strive to fund critical research. As allies in the struggle, we are fiercely determined to end colorectal cancer within our lifetime. For more information, visit nationofallies.org.