Laurie Elyse was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis on October 11th, 2007. Despite being afflicted with the disease she continues to work. As part of the Spring 2009 Collection she is offering three unique swimsuit styles with profits to be donated for Multiple Sclerosis research. Laurie has made the following statement reguarding these pieces:
"After being diagnosed I came to realize that there is not as much hype or even knowledge of the disease and therefore a serious lack of funding. Not everything should be going to breast cancer. Enough! I feel it is time to focus on other illnesses that are still far from treatable or even close to cure-able. MS is still known as the mystery disease with no scientifically known causes or truly 100% effective treatment. Most of the treatments available are still considered experimental. The world is still completely in the dark and though it remains more rare than other illnesses it is in desperate need of help.
As a MS patient myself I created these looks as a reflection of hope while carrying the image of a brighter tomorrow, a world without MS. They are bright and shimmer with holographic durable material that has a long life and radiates positivity, while still remaining original and cutting edge. These looks are true fashion for a cause!"
The collection features select looks as part of a collaboration with Halo Guitars, of Houston, TX. The pieces all focus on co-founder Waylon Ford's favorite guitar The Reaper. Elyse released the following statement:
"I came to work with Halo Guitars after meeting co-founder Waylon Ford at the NAMM show a couple years back. I loved their style and their attitude towards music and the industry. My inspiration for the line was to give the fashion world some true rock and roll clothes that are unlike anything on the market that carry the claim of rock and roll wear. The feel of the pieces are dark and sexy, while still fun and youthful. They are for the girl that doesn't want to have the same swimsuit or dress as everyone else in the crowd. This is no collection for wallflowers!"
We are excited to announce that the Laurie Elyse Spring 2009 women's ready to wear collection can now be viewed on the collection site.