Chloe Dichter of Livingston, New Jersey, designed a unique pair of leggings for her Bat Mitzvah Project with New York City fashion designer Zara Terez.
The leggings were such a big hit they sold out in one day!
Sales from the leggings will go to Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
We couldn’t wait to hear how Chloe started this Project.
MM: Please tell us about your Mitzvah Project?
CD: For my Bat Mitzvah project, I designed a unique pair of leggings with fashion designer Zara Terez. The leggings were sold at Precious Cargo a store in Livingston, New Jersey. Ten percent of the sales will go to Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The pattern, which we created together, is filled with all of my favorite things like flip flops, palm trees, Converse high tops, yogurt, coffee, ear buds, bunk, a bicycle and s’mores. Many of my friends like these things too, so I thought they’d be a hit in the stores.
MM: Why did you decide to take on this particular project?
CD: My sleepaway camp, Camp Mataponi, works with Camp Sunshine every summer and I wanted to help out. It’s a great group that helps sick children and their families. I love summer camp and I wish all kids could have a similar experience like I do filled with friendship, bonding, spirit and camaraderie. So I worked with Zara Terez to create a one-of-a-kind legging and 10% of the proceeds of each sale was donated to Camp Sunshine. I teamed up with Terez’s printed leggings which are made in New York City. They are very popular among girls of all ages. The original patterned poly spandex leggings (think prints of unicorns, cheeseburgers, newspaper print or macaroni and cheese!), which have become a staple in many closets throughout the United States.
MM: In your own words, what does it mean to you to do a Mitzvah Project for your Bat Mitzvah?
CD: It means so much to me to help children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
MM: How did you spread the word?
CD: Precious Cargo, a kids store in my town, hosted a launch party for me and the launch of the leggings. They posted flyers around town, there was a feature in the West Essex Tribune and online at the Livingston Patch. It was also posted to Facebook and Instagram. Also, my camp featured the project in their newsletter.
MM: How long can someone donate?
CD: Anyone can donate to Camp Sunshine at any time.
MM: Anything else we need to know?
CD: We sold over 130 pairs of leggings in one day! We are so excited!
We thank Chloe and her family for sharing her great Bat Mitzvah project with Mitzvah Market.