Fancy a Stella McCartney tuxedo jacket? An Erdem frock? The Red Cross is here to help. The charity is opening a pop-up designer boutique with some very impressive wares. Flo Wales Bonner finds out what’s in store.
This week, the British Red Cross celebrates 100 years of charity shopping. The organisation’s first ‘Gift Shops’, as they were known, were pop-ups which saw the generous folk of London give their unwanted items to raise money for the needy during WWI. The wares on sale then were slightly different to what you’d get today, with anything from Egyptian tapestries to Persian kittens among the bric-á-brac. By the Second World War even the Queen was joining in, donating a book of stamps. (Don’t scoff – stamps were hot property in those days.)
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To commemorate the charity’s century of work, a host of top designers and famous faces have donated items for a pop-up charity shop in Covent Garden, set to open this Friday (November 7). Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Ancient Greek Sandals are all on board, as well as more affordable brands such as Boden. We’re assured that pieces – including clothing, jewellery and homewares – will go on sale at ‘proper charity shop prices’, starting from £10. No, there won’t be kittens. But there will be bargains.
The British Red Cross Gift House Unit 19 (Basement), Market Building, WC2E 8RE. Covent Garden. 11am-7pm daily. Until Nov 17.