As the fashion industry continues to search for ways to cause less damage to the planet, this spring sees some exciting events celebrating sustainability and vintage fashion pop-ups in London. Whether it’s super stylist Bay Garnett’s fundraiser sale in Notting Hill or SlowCo’s two-week residency at Box Park Shoreditch, the fashion world is embracing the power of pre-loved like never before.
Bay Garnett’s Designer and Vintage Fundraiser Sale
Saturday 23 April
The maverick stylist is known for her love of all things vintage, which has seen her dress the likes of Kate Moss and Chloë Sevigny in pre-loved pieces for some of the world’s biggest fashion bibles. Now Bay Garnett is opening up her own wardrobe, and those of her very stylish friends, for a one-off designer and vintage sale.
Held in St Peter’s Church in Notting Hill, you can expect incredible vintage finds donated by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and Kate Moss, as well as raffle prizes straight from the closets of some of London’s most fashionable women. All of the proceeds from the sale will be going to the Oxfam Emergency Relief Fund – stay up to date with the latest news on Bay’s Instagram account.
Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2PN
Alex Eagle x Women for Women International Car Boot Sale at Selfridges
Saturday 14 May
For the first time since 2019, Alex Eagle’s hugely popular #SheInspiresMe fashion car boot sale is back with a bang, being hosted at the Selfridges Car Park and powered by their resale platform Resellfridges. Featuring a treasure trove of past season, vintage and pre-loved items donated by designers, brands and some of the capital’s most stylish tastemakers, including Laura Bailey, Simone Rocha and Skye McAlpine, come to browse boots crammed full of Balenciaga, Celine, Chanel and Gucci finds.
Held in aid of Women for Women International, 100% of the proceeds from the sale will go directly to supporting the charity’s work with women survivors of war – since launching in 2016, the Car Boot Sales have so far managed to raise over £700,000 for the cause. “We are thrilled to be bringing the #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale back in real-life this year and are excited to invite you to join forces with us to help women living in some of the world’s most dangerous places,” says Eagle. “This is your chance to take part in the fashion extravaganza and to be a life-changing force for the women we serve at a time when they need it the most.”
SlowCo Pop-up at Box Park Shoreditch
From Wednesday 20 April
Sustainable fashion platform SlowCo will be launching their first ever physical space with a two-week pop-up at Box Park Shoreditch from Wednesday 20 April, just in time for Fashion Revolution Week. There’ll be a panel discussion looking at Sustainability and Fashion in 2022, featuring writer Aja Barber, as well as the opportunity to browse their carefully curated collection of clothes in the flesh.
The platform aims to create a community of sustainable fashion brands, with a “less but better” attitude to clothes and an inclusive offering that does away with the traditional Womenswear/Menswear labels and instead takes a unique Femme/Masc/All approach. You can rest assured that you’re shopping from only the finest eco labels, which have all passed their rigorous filter based on ten core sustainability values.
2-10 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 6GY
Rites Relove Pop-up
Until 2 May
London-based luxury rental and resale platform Rites is hosting its first pop-up store, Rites Relove, on Broadway Market, designed to reduce clothing waste by keeping garments in circulation. The space will offer a hand-picked edit of preloved fashion, samples and accessories from labels including Faithfull the Brand, Rixo and Stine Goya, with prices slashed by up to 80%.
Alongside this you’ll also find vintage gems by the likes of Gucci, Balenciaga and Miu Miu, as well as a collaboration with fellow London brands Croco Studio for beautiful seasonal flowers and Sustainable Dept. Store for ethical beauty and homewares.
4 Broadway Market, London Fields, London E8 4QJ
Biggest Ever Vintage Pop-up at Westfield
Friday 22 April
We Are host some of the best second-hand fashion sales in London, with events popping up everywhere from Kensington and Chelsea to Notting Hill and Ealing. Now they’re hosting what they’re calling the biggest vintage sale ever, taking over a space in Westfield for one day only.
There’s a wide range of vintage designer pieces on offer, from dresses and T-shirts to streetwear and denim – recent finds have included pre-loved Missoni knits and Tommy Hilfiger rollnecks as well as rare vintage Nike tees. And if you can’t find the right fit or want to customise a piece, there are tailors on hand to help with bespoke alterations.
Ariel Way, White City, London W12 7GF
Supermarket at the Selfridges Corner Shop
Until 30 April
Always a step ahead when it comes to pioneering and sustainable new ways to shop, Selfridges’ latest pop-up has partnered with some of the world’s most innovative brands to create an experimental concept store that reimagines what shopping could look like in the future – complete with 3D printing robots creating recycled plastic furniture on demand and diamonds made from captured CO2.
On display, shoppers will find Parley for the Oceans sunglasses made from recycled fishing nets and ropes – their clever Parley Blueprint Model will also be using an industrial 3D printer to create objects from marine plastic debris on a made-to-order basis – alongside luxury handbags by London-based brand Marici handmade exclusively from Piñatex (a vegan leather crafted from the leaves of pineapple plants) and Copenhagen-based unisex fashion brand (Di)vision, known for their upcycled bomber jackets and two-tone tops.