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Tyler Ellis, the daughter of the late designer Perry Ellis, has teamed up with her father’s namesake company in raising money this Sunday for the Elton John AIDS Foundation at their Academy Awards Viewing Party in Los Angeles.

“My father passed away from AIDS in 1986,” the 33-year-old designer said. She is impressed with how much foundations like Elton’s have done, to help those suffering and to ease the stigma of being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

 On Sunday evening, a custom-made version of the “Perry” bag will be auctioned to benefit the EJAF and will be accompanied by an equally unique black and red silk bow tie by Perry’s team, led by creative director Michael Maccari.

The clutch, which is made of clear crystal over a red lining, boasts Ellis’ logo, written in her late father’s own handwriting. “He passed away when I was 18 months old and I have an envelope that was addressed to me,” she explains. “We took my name from that envelope and on the gold AIDS ribbon plaque in this bag it reads ‘Tyler Ellis for Elton John AIDS Foundation.’ My father is a part of every piece I create, which is super special.”

Maccari hopes this collaboration is the first of many with both Tyler and the EJAF.

For this weekend’s fund-raiser Maccari felt a one-of-a-kind bow tie was the perfect accompanying accessory to Ellis’ clutch, saying the two-tone tie could be “worn in conjunction with whomever is carrying the bag.”
Other items being auctioned off include white gold and diamond Bulgari necklace;  a 1987 print of Herb Ritts’ titled ‘Backflip’; and 350 bottles of Hatt et Söner Private Antique Champagne.
And as previously reported, Elton’s charity and Lalique will debut their new Purple Heart Cire Perdue. It will be  auctioned off, with all proceeds benefitting the EJAF.