May 11, 2012
Morning all, you may have seen on Twitter yesterday that I (sort of )announced a very special project, one that I feel truly honoured to host. Some of the tweets were a bit cryptic and there are quite a few parties involved, so let me explain a little bit more.
On the 31st of May, from 6pm till 9pm (put in your diaries please) I will be hosting a very special evening of all things vintage and shopping at Mary Portas’ Living and Giving Shop in Primrose hill. I visited them recently and its a gorgeous warm space that sums up the aim and ethos of these shops.
‘With the local community at its heart, Living & Giving is not just a shop, but a place to inspire, share, create, meet and discover’
I’m going to do a book talk on how to buy and date vintage, and a Q&A, but more excitingly part of the evening will be a vintage shopping extravaganza where I will be on hand to help you pick the best items of clothing to purchase. 100% of the profits will go to Save the Children, which I am delighted to be supporting.
This is where I need a little help. Mary’s three shops are currently saving the best donations for the evening itself (that alone is exciting enough) and I almost fell off the sofa yesterday when I found out Zandra Rhodes has donated, but we could do with a bit more. In fact lots more please. The more we have, the more we raise. So, if you love vintage and have some good quality items to spare, I promise I will re-house them with someone who can wear them and will love and look after them. I know this is equally important to a lot of you. So instead of leaving them languishing in the eBay bag, dig ‘em out and do something good with them. I will also, of course be donating some very special items from my wardrobe.
There are three ways you can do this: this Sunday Mary’s team are collecting donations at the Pop-up Vintage Fair at Hampstead Town Hall (11 -4). Otherwise you can drop off your donations at the shop, just please let them know it’s for the event. Lastly there will be a goodie bag for the first 25 guests who donate any pre-loved designer or vintage pieces on the night.
Lastly this event is open to all and It’s going to be a really lovely evening, so please do come along. There will be some amazing items on sale. My gorgeous cover girl Jennifer Siggs of the Yesterday Girl blog fame will be there to help style and answer questions (if the 50’s is your thing then she is your girl) and also of course cocktails and canapés. I hope to see you there.