Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Readers of Take Me Out to the Runway, I have an important announcement to make! By great fortune, I was recently informed of the 823 Key Project. What is this project, you may ask? According to the site, 823KEYPROJECT is a way for musicians, writers, painters, photographers, and fashion designers to "showcase their unique interpretation of the world, while emphasizing authentic and community minded work."

Here's how it works: through the purchase of a vintage skeleton key necklace, each one unique and handmade, a fund is set up. After the 823rd key necklace is sold, this fund will become available to these artists in the form of a $25,000 grant. This grant will be awarded to one artist whose perspective changes the world around us. Anyone can apply for this grant, and each person has an equal chance of winning. It's the perfect way for you to get your work out there, and to make a difference.

21,398 keys: There will only be a grand total of 21,398 unique skeleton key necklaces available. So, where does the "823" concept come in? Each necklace will be adorned with a unique letter and number. There will be 823 keys with the letter "A", 823 keys with the letter "B", 823 keys with the letter "C", and so forth. After each "letter" is completely sold, a grant will be given out. In total, that's 26 $25,000 grants for 26 different artists! The money used to purchase your unique key goes directly to this cause. How amazing is that?

The first key ever was given by Trevor Hubbard, the creater of 823KEYPROJECT, to his friend who was going through a tough time. The logic behind this? The well-known saying "When one door closes, another opens." The number 823 was chosen because in the old pager days, it meant "thinking of you".

Not only are these skeleton key necklaces for a good cause, they look AMAZING. Seriously, I'm talking spot-on trend here. Each key is a one-of-a-kind found object ranging in date from 1830 to 1940. They range in length from 3 to 4 1/2 inches, and are hung from a brass chain with a strongly unique brass twist clast. Each key comes with a signature “823a” pewter tag that ties you to the 823 Community forever, 21,398 people who believed in making a difference and changing other people's lives.

I'm more excited about the 823KEYPROJECT than anything I've ever posted before. I think it's a creative way to change the world around us, to support the creation of art, and to support a cause. Me? I will definately be purchasing an 823 key necklace as soon as possible. I beg of you, my faithful readers, to do the same. Please tell all who you can, and please feel free to dedicate one of your own blog posts to this cause! Art is what makes the world we live in beautiful, and you all deserve to be a part of that beauty. For more information, please visit the site below. I'm extremely excited to hear from any of you who have purchased an 823 key necklace, and I hope we together can spread the knowledge of this cause worldwide.



  1. That's the most fabulous, inspirational thing I've heard of in a long time!
    Thank you so much for sharing - what a great project!


  2. Is that you? awesome, I love the key pendant, I may customize one of my own...! as for you previous post conserning those channel glasses I was posting the same thing some days ago relating the to Waldo-or Wally...!!!

  3. Wow, I totally want to be a part of this! Unfortunately, I don't have 75 bucks right now to drop on the necklace, but maybe I'll apply for the grant and I'll definitely keep considering purchasing a necklace.

  4. What a terrific idea! I'll definitely sign up for this. Such a unique and original concept. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  5. what an amazing concept.. thanks for sharing this babe.

    Meho xx

  6. love the blog and those pictures were fantastic. I have not bought anything from that designer nor am I familiar. I will certainly check out the link!
    thanks for introducing me!

  7. so so so cool. I love old keys, and the chance to get a 25000 dollar grant or help support a fellow artist is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this

    Finally... in a world where you have to look increasingly deeper to find positivity, this is a sigh of fresh air...
    Thank you for turning me onto this cause...
    I bought a key today and cant wait till it arrives!!!!
    I also found a facebook page which is a another great way to spread the word to your friends.
    Once you "become a fan" you can invite your friends to for those of you on Facebook.

  9. Russell: Thank you SO much for letting me know about the Facebook page! I became a fan right away.

  10. wow! this sounds amazing.. even tho i didnt get it all!
    thanks for the comment :)
    Ty Ty

  11. Thanks for your sweet comment... looking forward to hearing from you again shortly <3

  12. This is such a great idea! I love the look of the key necklaces


  13. This is good idea !! I love keys I don;t know why ? Maybe because they are look vintage and stylish

  14. Amazing!


  15. Oh thanks honey! that's so sweet of you!

    You are very very welcome back!

    Love Little Peaché

  16. wow, thank you so much for sharing this!

  17. The 823 Key project sounds incredible! What an amazing opportunity to merge fashion with a cause for something incredible, making the world a beter place. This project seems very inspiring and I will definitely be purchasing a key in the near future. Thanks for the info!

  18. sounds like an amazing project, I must check them out! I really enjoy your blog and thank you for stopping and commenting by mine!

  19. cute!



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