The trunk sale is part of an expansion of an innovative philanthropy program that Malkovich began in 2004 to support the work of theater companies. Currently affiliated companies include The Wooster Group and the Cherry Lane (NYC), the Geffen Playhouse (Los Angeles), the Royal Court Theater (London), and the Steppenwolf Theater (Chicago), where Malkovich will star in a production of Stephen Jeffreys' Lost Land from March 31 through June 5.
Those who attend the trunk show at The Performing Garage will have the opportunity to order Uncle Kimono designs at 20% off the retail price. "It's John's way of giving back to the arts," says Francesco Rulli, president of the design company mrs.mudd, which he co-founded with Malkovich in 2002. According to Malkovich, "Uncle Kimono is a men's wear collection that resonates with the late 1950s Californian beach boys, some Palm Springs Rat Pack, a touch of lounge lizard, and a recollection of a Swiss banker who's been let go."
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