By Arwa Lodhi
Londoners are pretty much spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping experiences – but now there’s something on offer that will impress even them.
Iconic department store Harrods has opened up a pop-up shop for a month, and guess what? It features second hand clothing! It will be one of the most upscale charity shops on the planet, and will also be the retailer’s first standalone charity store in its almost two-century history.
The store will feature stock donations from Harrods’ own rails, as well as from from clients who have donated high-end designer items that have been worn only a few times and which are in excellent condition.
The pop up concept follows Harrods earlier work with Vetements to raise awareness of fashion waste by having the cult designer label pile up unused and unwanted clothes in Harrods’ windows.
The new charity initiative is a collaboration with the NSPCC and has been dubbed Fashion Re-told. Labels donated by Harrods itself will include Paul Smith, Mulberry and Peter Pilotto with the offer set to span multiple categories including womenswear, menswear, kidswear, and accessories.
This is a great chance to not only support the NSPCC and the concept of thrifting, but also to bag some incredible bargains: you’ll be able to find a Missoni skirt for around £100 (one fifth of the usual retail price), a Max Mara dress for around £200, and designer handbags could sell for up to a tenth of their regular price.
Not sure you’ll be in the UK next month? No worries. Harrods MD Michael Ward, who came up with the original idea, says it could happen more frequently if it’s a success.
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