Tabi and Liz Claiborne join hands to clothe women in desperate need

    TORONTO, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - Tabi is delighted to announce they have partnered
with Levy Canada Fashion Company to help bring a smile to 15,000 abused women
living in shelters this holiday season.
    In commemoration of "National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence
Against Women," (Thursday December 6, 2007) tabi has committed to donating
15,000 sweaters and Liz Claiborne $112,000 worth of coats to women in shelters
in 20 cities across Canada.
    Inspired by Shelternet, a national not-for-profit charitable organization
committed to working towards the prevention of violence against women and
their children, Tabi and Levy Canada Fashion Company will be providing brand
new merchandise to help make their lives a little brighter.
    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can
change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has" said Linda
Legault, VP Sales and Marketing for Levy Canada, quoting Margaret Mead's
famous passage. "We have made it our corporate mission to donate warm coats
and jackets to every women's shelter in Canada. We are well on our way!"
    Patti Simigran, tabi's EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer, says: "Tabi
has always been inspired by courageous women. These women leave abusive homes
often in the middle of the night with only the clothes on their back, we hope
by providing them with new clothing it will give them the dignity and strength
to find a new start for a safe and happy life."
    UPS Canada will be donating the transportation of the coats and sweaters.
Spokesperson Greg Kane says: "UPS has a strong legacy of supporting the
communities where our employees live and work. We're proud to be participating
in this initiative which will benefit so many Canadian families in need." "Violence against women is a serious human rights
violation that affects women worldwide. It has been estimated that one in four
Canadian women will be assaulted in their lifetime (assaults where criminal
charges are warranted). Growing evidence confirms that women are reaching out
for help through the internet from their workplace, homes, public libraries
and schools. Linking women to their local shelter is an essential part of a
community-based response to violence against women."

    Tabi offers classic fashions designed and coordinated to simplify the
lifestyles of women 40+. This includes a full range of sportswear and
accessories and collections for tabi Golf, tabi Traveller and Special Edition
by Shelly Walsh. Tabi operates 107 specialty stores in leading shopping
centres across Canada. For further information, visit:

    Levy Canada Fashion Company is the exclusive Licensee of Liz Claiborne,
Esprit, Laundry by Design, Dana Buchman, Betsey Johnson, Claiborne Men's,
Perry Ellis and Joseph Abboud men's and ladies coats and outerwear in Canada.
For further information contact Linda Legault:

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