Comic-Con Fostering Fashion Auction Returns

July 11, 2019

Comic-Con Fostering Fashion Auction Returns

A time honored tradition of San Diego Comic-Con are the official 'Swag Bags' provided by Warner Bros Entertainment. Years ago, what started out as one tote bag to carry your swag has turned into two dozen different back pack designs! Featuring your favorite WB TV series, animation and movies, these vinyl bags are admired, collected and traded at the show. They are synonymous with SDCC and one of the aspects that make the show unique.

Starting in 2013, our founder Tony Kim, decided to do something different and turn these bags into apparel items. Receiving the bags just days before the show, his first design was a blazer inspired by the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who. The following year, he returned as Luke from Return of the Jedi! Converting these awesome bags has been a fun and creative hobby for him in the past but now, we get a chance to take it to the next level. 

We are excited to announce that this year's Fostering Fashion Auction returns! Last year we partnered with designer Leetal Platt and she created an amazing piece in about 48 hours time! This year, we are collaborating with designer Samantha Salazar and she will we be designing an original piece to be unveiled at Comic-Con (pictured above). The Fostering Fashion proceeds will go towards a fantastic organization called Teen Leadership Foundation whose mission is to empower youth from the foster care system to become leaders. Last year, in support of the cause, the Swag Bag Jacket was signed by Grant Gustin, Brandon Routh, Colton Haynes, Candice Patton and more!

A year ago, Tony and Samantha had struck up a friendship through Comic-Con. They both share a love for nerd culture and pop culture fashion. She has generously accepted this opportunity to not only help women aging out of the foster care system but provide a unique Comic-Con memorabilia for the 50th Anniversary. Samantha will feverishly work around the clock to get this piece ready by Preview Night. This jacket will not only represent the 2019 show but will be a rare works of art that can be appreciated for years to come.

Fostering Fashion Auction details:

  • This year's theme is 'Super Women of Comic-Con'. The design will feature ladies from the DC Comics universe.
  • 100% of proceeds will go to Teen Leadership Foundation. The TLF Executive Director will be there to answer any questions.
  • Item will be displayed and silent auction will be held in the Hero Within booth (2047). Must be present at Comic-Con to bid. Bid in increments of $25 will be accepted. Can not accept online bids.
  • One jacket will be made in Men's XL. No custom size or alterations will be offered. 
  • Autographs! The jackets will be signed by the designer Samantha, Tony and maybe some surprise celebrities!
  • Auction will end at noon on Sunday (July 21). Winner can take item immediately or it will be shipped. Winner does not need to be present.
  • Auction updates will be provided on Twitter and Facebook

We hope you will choose to support the Fostering Fashion Auction. Regardless of your financial bids, you can also support by sharing this cause on social media. Your tweets and shares goes a long way! Read more about Teen Leadership Foundation. If your company at Comic-Con would like to make a bid or host the pieces at your event, please contact

About the Designer
Samantha S. Salazar has a passion for comics and fashion. She has always been inspired by superheroes to be a role model in her community. At a very young age she began designing her own clothes and learning about constructing garments from her seamstress grandmother. Everyday she wears her geek on her sleeve and inspires everyone around her to do the same. 



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