In Good Fashion: Me&Ro’s Robin Renzi Talks Bent on Learning
THE DO-GOODER: Designer (and former dancer) Robin Renzi of Me&Ro
THE CAUSE: Bent on Learning
THE MISSION: Bent on Learning is a nonprofit organization that teaches yoga to New York City public school children in the classroom.
Lauren: First, tell us how you got involved with Bent on Learning.
Robin: I was introduced to Anne Desmond, one of the co-founders of Bent on Learning, through a mutual friend about 10 years ago. I began studying yoga with her a few times a week in my apartment and we became friends. She now is my next-door neighbor in Brooklyn.
Lauren: What is it about this particular organization that speaks to you?
Robin: In the past, I taught children creative movement and other forms of dance, and I witnessed firsthand that having awareness of their bodies gave them confidence and a feeling of self-worth. I think we all need to learn at a young age to use our bodies through some form of physical activity. [See Bent on Learning in action: Watch the video]
Lauren: And what do you do for them?
Robin: I go to the events, buy tickets, donate jewelry, spread the word, and try to get others involved.
Lauren: How has your involvement inspired you, personally or professionally?
Robin: It’s fun and satisfying to bring people together and do good things for others, especially children. It is such a gift that they give to the children. I am so fortunate that I found yoga as a dancer and it helped me through difficult times by giving me the space to forget the outside world and allow me to connect to myself, my body, and the divine. It is an excellent tool to have in your pocket.
Lauren: How can others get involved?
Robin: There are many ways. If you’re a yoga teacher you can teach, if you’re in NYC come to the party at Indochine. You can give money, give your time, and spread the word!
Robin Renzi is on the committee for Bent on Learning’s annual Spring Fling Benefit, which takes place Sunday, April 29th at Indochine in New York and features an art auction with works by Bo Joseph, Joseph La Piana, Steve Miller and Mickalene Thomas. For more details or to purchase tickets, go here.
Lauren David Peden writes for Rue La La as a Contributing Editor.