It’s high time some of us got our heads out of the sand and dispelled any misguided prejudices we may have about charity shopping. If I said you could get designer looks from Chanel, Balenciaga, Burberry, Prada, Versace, and dozens of other brands at up to 70 percent off in weekly online drops, would I catch your eye?
The big news on the charity fashion front in Ireland is that thousands of luxury items – more than 6,000 to be precise – have been donated to the sight loss charity NCBI via Thriftify, and a new cache of designer gems is being unleashed frugal.ie Website every Thursday night at 6pm for the foreseeable future.
Last week I went to go behind the scenes of this new collaboration, which ranges in items from €50 for a belt or designer phone case to €4,830 for an Alexandre Vauthier SS19 dress.
Since launching in 2018, Thriftify has sold used, designer, vintage and bargain-basement products on its website, which now features merchandise from 98 percent of Irish charities. The rationale for designer hauls like this is that charity shops often purchase high quality luxury items and these drops are part of the fashion world’s responsible way of keeping unsold stock out of landfills and supporting the very important and sustainable concept of circular fashion.
The show, sold on Thriftify, includes cool Yeezy and Gucci sneakers, designer bags, Jimmy Choo heels, sunglasses and lots of exciting menswear and cute kidswear.
The designer pieces have been meticulously curated, photographed and priced over the past few weeks, so what’s next online?
The designer drop, set to go live this week, includes the Alessandro Enriquez cartoon-print shirt (€376 to €150.40) and the Never Fully Dressed Casa Stripe maxi (€101 to €50).
If flashy heels are on your radar, keep an eye out for The Attico’s orange/pink heels (€350-€140), Retrofête’s green ‘Vivien’ gown (€555-€222) and a Badgley Mischka one-shoulder , red draped dress (€1,673 to €502), chosen as favorites by second-hand style queen Roz Purcell.
Proceeds from sales go to NCBI which runs 130 charity shops across Ireland selling clothing, homeware and furniture. Beverley Scallan, NCBI Retail Manager, tells me they have introduced vintage and retro clothing to their Capel Street store and plan to offer similar items on Camden Street and also in Maynooth, which should resonate with students. frugal.ie
video of the day
Clodagh is a new 50-minute documentary about local fashion and interiors talent Clodagh O’Kennedy, and is well worth watching when it airs on RTÉ One on Thursday at 10.15pm.
The show gives an insight into the Cong, Co. Mayo teenager who had her own fashion studio on Dublin’s South Anne Street when she was just 17. Showing her collection at the Hibernian Hotel in 1956, she was the youngest member of the Irish Haute Couture group.
After the failure of her marriage, Clodagh changed careers, relocating to the United States and becoming one of the top 100 interior designers in the world. A force of nature, Clodagh’s international projects include apartments, hotels and spas.
Clodagh spoke to me over Zoom from her New York studio last week and was full of advice for young creatives. She strongly recommends gaining work experience with people you admire.
“Be a sponge and ask questions.” And when it comes to dressing up and sprucing up your home, Clodagh says, “Everyone has good taste; Don’t be afraid to use yours.”
This trailblazer designed Robert Redford’s New York penthouse, and her pieces are sold at the really cool Restoration Hardware. Her story is compelling, especially her take on wellness in design. It is worth checking out her interior design books for ideas and you will find details of her work in Ireland and abroad clodagh.com and on her Instagram @clodaghdesign.
Paula is back
Loewe’s new Paula’s Ibiza basket collection, made from braided straw and raffia, is sure to get you in the mood for this incredibly stylish island in the sun. The new season pieces arrived at Brown Thomas last week. Espadrilles start at €390, basket bags at €420, and for beach lovers looking for wow pieces, there are sequin bustier tops and luxe palm tree pareos.
Add silk shirts, lurex vests and sequined dresses and tops to the sunshine mix. New arrivals from Loewe Creative Director Jonathan Anderson include intricate crochet tops made from handmade fabrics made in Japan. braunthomas.com
I see Kilkenny has an interim sale which runs over the bank holiday weekend and ends on Monday. It has up to 30 pieces off clothing and accessories in stores across the country and online. Top brands like InWear, White Stuff, Seasalt, Eva Kayan, Orla Kiely, Fee G and Guess. kilkennyshop.com
https://www.independent.ie/style/fashion/style-notes-charity-begins-online-as-thriftify-drops-6000-luxury-gems-a-designer-documentary-and-kilkennys-mid-season-sale-41596775.html Style Notes: The charity kicks off online when Thriftify drops 6,000 luxury jewels, a designer documentary and Kilkenny’s mid-season sale