Local ladies from Winchester organised a fashion show during Winchester Fashion Week, featuring a collection of fabulous outfits put together from charity shops, including our Winchester shop. The event raised over £1,500 for local charities, including £550 for Naomi House & Jacksplace.
Staff from our Winchester shop were present on the day, supporting the fashion show and raising awareness for the hospices.
The event was hosted by personal stylist Sarah Sullivan, who wanted to encourage people to shop pre-loved and support local charities.
Sarah Sullivan, event organiser, said:
This year's theme for Winchester Fashion Week was sustainability and it was my first time organising an event like this, which was really exciting! I couldn't have done it without the help of friends, colleagues and students from University of Winchester. I was very nervous on the night but the warmth and support in the room was incredible.
All of the models did a fantastic job showcasing the outfits and the audience really showed their appreciation. We sold many of the outfits featured during the show after the catwalk at our pre-loved sale. The event raised over £1500 from ticket and clothing sales, with over £550 donated to Naomi House & Jacksplace.
The stunning green dress is from the Naomi House & Jacksplace Winchester shop and is modelled by Vanessa. It was handmade and sold after the show!
The feedback I received was amazing, with everyone loving their purchases and being inspired to shop secondhand. Charity shopping is such an enjoyable experience and you can find some really special pieces.
Naomi House & Jacksplace Winchester retail team were present during the evening with a pop-up stall featuring accessories and clothing.
Susi Lemon, Assistant Shop Manager at Naomi House & Jacksplace Winchester shop, said:
The evening proved to be a great example of how shopping at charity shops can be stylish and sustainable. The feedback we received was incredible, as many people said they were inspired to shop second hand.
It's been wonderful to get to know the teams behind Winchester's charity shops and how hard they work, including the Naomi House & Jacksplace retail team. I'm really thankful for their support in putting this event together and I'd love to do it again next year!
Thank you to Lisa Virgo, Kirsty Sinden, Guiseppe Manco, and Gloria Fairhurst for your efforts in making the show come together. Thank you to Emma Riddell (Hotel du Vin) for donating the venue and Sarah Davis (Winchester BID) and students from University of Winchester for your efforts in organising the show.