FLUSHING, N.Y., July 16, 2012 - The New York Mets today announced they are teaming up with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. on a unique Mets merchandise collection in celebration of both organizations' 50th anniversaries.
Items from this unprecedented design collaboration will be on sale starting next Tuesday, July 24 exclusively at Citi Field and on Edition01.com, the online concept store renowned for creating limited-edition collections with the world's top fashion and lifestyle brands. Net proceeds will be divided between the Mets Foundation and CFDA Foundation.
Fans can select from a variety of t-shirts, tank tops and sweatshirts designed by CFDA designers Billy Reid, Yigal Azrouël, Scott Haan and Rogan Gregory for Loomstate, Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos for Shipley & Halmos. The items will be able for purchase at the Mets Team Store and Majestic Store on the Field Level.
"The Mets are thrilled to celebrate our golden anniversary in a unique, fashion-forward partnership with the CFDA that will raise money for charity," said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Mets. "We would like to thank Major League Baseball and our partners at ARAMARK for making this unprecedented collaboration possible."
"We are excited to be working with the New York Mets on a CFDA member designed mini collection commemorating our 50th anniversaries." said Steven Kolb, Chief Executive of CFDA. "The creativity of our designers is a fresh approach to team merchandise while supporting charitable efforts of both organizations."
"Celebrating the Mets through the eyes of the CFDA designers is the perfect tribute to the team I have loved since a child," says Jessica Wilpon-Kamel, co-founder of Edition01. "I am enormously grateful to all those who have shared their talents to commemorate the anniversary."
To celebrate the launch of the anniversary collection, the Mets will host the entire CFDA membership at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 24 against the Washington Nationals. Designers will watch Mets batting practice on the field before the game.
"I'm a huge baseball fan," said Billy Reid. "I help coach my son's little league team, and coincidently, our team's name this year is the Mets. Any opportunity to work with baseball and supporting the CFDA really is an honor and we are proud to be a part of it."