Pulitzer shopping event to benefit A Positive Step

In this 1960s print ad, models showcase fashions by Lilly Pulitzer, who used the talents of the late Key West artist Suzie dePoo. PHOTO BY FEDERICO RODRIGUEZ CALDENTEY

In this 1960s print ad, models showcase fashions by Lilly Pulitzer, who used the talents of the late Key West artist Suzie dePoo. PHOTO BY FEDERICO RODRIGUEZ CALDENTEY

Colorful shopping will benefit a good cause in Key West.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 27, the Lilly Pulitzer shop at 600 Front St. in Key West will donate 10% of all sales to A Positive Step of Monroe County to help fund the organization’s 2021 Idle Hands Summer Youth Employment program.

The Southernmost island and the Lilly Pulitzer brand share a special historic relationship, as the late Key West artist and sculptor Suzie Zuzek dePoo was head designer for Key West Hand Print Fabrics and created many of the original fabric art designs that were used by Lilly Pulitzer.

These Zuzek classics, now privately owned, and the history can be read about in the recently published “Suzie Zuzek for Lilly Pulitzer: The Artist Behind an Iconic American Fashion Brand, 1962–1985” (Rizzoli Electa, 2020).

A Positive Step of Monroe County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has served Monroe County’s highest risk kids and their families since 1999.

Since 2010, the organization has partnered with the city of Key West to provide summer jobs for Key West High School students through its Idle Hands Summer Youth Employment Program.

For information about the Lilly Pulitzer fundraiser for APSMC, contact Mark Rotella at mrotella@lillypulitzer.com.

For information about APSMC, contact Billy Davis at apsmccrp@aol.com or visit www.apsmc.org. ¦

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