Star curate exclusive fashion collections for Oxfam
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Fashion icons Neneh Cherry, Georgia May Jagger, Mica Paris, and Chloe Sevigny, team up with Oxfam to curate their own exclusive fashion collections for the Oxfam x Bay Garnett pop-up shop in Selfridges.
Each star has created a special collection expressing their unique style in sustainable second-hand fashion. The collections, on sale today, feature seasonal must-have pieces, vintage treasures, and wardrobe staples – all handpicked from Oxfam.
Key pieces in the collections include a 2005 varsity jacket from DeLONG, selected by Neneh Cherry and on retail for a price of £120. Georgia May Jagger picked out a vintage 1987 Bon Jovi T-shirt which is on sale for £50, Micah Paris picked out a vintage midi dress from Simon Ellis priced at £80 and Chloe Sevigny picked out pieces in tartan and camel.
Shopping second hand with Oxfam and donating to Oxfam shops gives clothes a longer life and helps slow down the harmful environmental effects of fast fashion as well as raising money to fight poverty around the world.
Model and style icon Georgia May Jagger said: “Getting dressed up at Christmas is one of my favourite things, but I do feel the cold so I tend to layer up, teaming a mini-dress with a jacket and tights. I’ve selected similar things for my Selfridges collection, which I’m hoping will raise lots of money for Oxfam, a charity I love and admire. And if you buy second-hand it’s better for the environment because you’re not using the planet’s precious resources.”
Lifelong thrifter, actress and fashion designer, Chloe Sevigny said: “I’m supporting Oxfam with this rail of amazing pieces. The money it raises will be used by Oxfam to help fight the climate emergency and create a fairer future for people, particularly women, who need to know we’re on their side.”
Singer-songwriter, rapper and producer Neneh Cherry said: “Clothes are a very personal part of our expression, so let it be DIY. It’s also great to know that the money is going to a good cause and slowing down fast fashion.”
Singer, presenter, broadcaster and actor Mica Paris said: “When I was a teenager, I’d save my money up and go to the market or charity shops and just throw outfits together. I still love second-hand shopping, especially in well-heeled areas because that's where you can find some real bargains.”
Offering some of her own charity shopping tips, Paris added: “You don’t need to have a fortune to look good. Just look out for what you know suits you, and for me that’s everything fitted and tailored to show off my shape. And I love shoulder pads because they complement my posture and I'm always on the look-out for a good bag. I support Oxfam because it's an absolute disgrace that people are living in poverty in 2021 when there are so many resources to go round.”
Approximately £29m is raised each year from selling clothing in Oxfam shops. The profit raised from this is enough to provide clean water for more than two million people during a drought.
Lorna Fallon, Retail Director for Oxfam said: “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with such amazing fashion icons. It really showcases the remarkable finds that can be discovered in your local Oxfam shop. But not only that, Oxfam fashion raises crucial funds for our work helping the world’s poorest communities. Our poverty-fighting clothes become clean water and sanitation, they fight hunger, the climate crisis, coronavirus, and provide education for girls. They really do have the power to make the world greener, fairer future for us all.”
Bay Garnett said: "From mini dresses and pencil skirts to tuxedoes and bomber jackets, the collections reflect the extraordinary style of these incredible women and proves that looking stylish doesn’t have to cost the earth. It really is brilliant, sustainable fashion, for a brilliant cause."
The specially curated rails are on sale in the Oxfam x Bay Garnett pop-up shop in Selfridges’ London store and online at www.selfridges.com from Monday 13 December and the money raised goes to support Oxfam’s work fighting poverty around the world.
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About the Oxfam/Selfridges pop-up shop
The Oxfam/Selfridges pop-up shop is styled by Oxfam’s independent fashion advisor Bay Garnett and celebrates all the vintage treasures that can be unearthed in Oxfam shops, such as heritage tweed or sheepskin coats. Garments which evoke nostalgia for the 1980s, such as punk inspired clothes with zips and studs and velvet dresses, also feature.
Oxfam has more than 70 years’ experience championing second-hand. The first shop was opened in Broad Street, Oxford, in 1948 to raise money from the donations of second-hand items for the Greek famine.
Oxfam is a global movement of people all working towards the same goal – an end to the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters, help people earn a living, and speak out on the big issues, like inequality and climate change, that keep people poor.
Oxfam has 561 shops in the UK. By buying and donating your clothes through Oxfam shops, you can help to protect our planet, while helping the poorest people around the world to escape the injustice of poverty. To find your local Oxfam shop go to https://www.oxfam.org.uk/shops/ or shop online at https://onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk/. To make a clothing donation via the post, order a free bag here: https://onlineshop.oxfam.org.uk/donate-clothes
In August 2020, Selfridges launched its sustainability strategy, Project Earth, with a bold commitment to change the way we shop and the way it does business by 2025. Selfridges’ Project Earth is built on three themes - driving a transition to more sustainable materials, exploring new business models, and challenging the mindsets of its partners, customers and teams – and is underpinned by science-based targets as it looks to a net-zero future. As part of its models’ commitment, in September 2020 Selfridges collaborated with Oxfam and Bay Garnett to create a successful resale pop-up at Selfridges Oxford Street. Now, Selfridges is marking the first anniversary of the Project Earth launch by publishing its progress update, focusing on the highlights and hurdles one year on.