Charlotte Olympia and Friends Join Stylish Garage Sale in London

“The mood has been excellent,” said Charlotte Olympia Dellal, the founder and owner of footwear firm Charlotte Olympia, referring to the designer car-boot sale in London’s Soho on Saturday. “It’s a fun day out, and we love seeing all the women getting excited for shoes, as women do. I love that this is all going to charity,” added Dellal, who is an ambassador for Women for Women International U.K. The nonprofit humanitarian organization aims to provide financial and educational support to women survivors of conflict and poverty.

Charlotte Olympia, Edeline Lee and Temperley London were among a number of British and international labels that sold clothing, beauty items and artwork at the second Women for Women charity car-boot sale (similar to a garage sale). The event has raised more than 150,000 pounds, or $194,009, so far, with the rest of the items to be listed on eBay May 15. The proceeds from every sale go toward the charity organization’s work.

Hosted by Alex Eagle’s The Store and The Vinyl Factory’s Brewer Street Car Park, the latest edition of the sale spanned two floors. Cars were parked in the lot with trunks filled with donated wares, while stalls featured racks or bins with designer finds. More than 1,000 shoppers attended the event throughout the day, looking for bargains or to take selfies with designers.

“The energy has been so hyperactive,” Eagle said. “Everyone has given so much stuff. I really learned last year that it felt so good clearing your wardrobe and getting rid of stuff. Nicholas Kirkwood gave us some shoes, which is fabulous. Charlotte Olympia is incredible. Noor Fares gave us a Chanel bag. I saw bits of Céline, Chanel and Balenciaga. It’s really a bargain. Old bits of Levi’s denim, Converse trainers are going to these women, who are actually working to help women to rebuild their lives.

Meanwhile, Edeline Lee said she has been working with the charity for a number of years. The designer was poised at her stall dressed in a 60-pounds, or $70, T-shirt that she designed for the cause. It featured her signature bubble jacquard fabric fashioned as a bow. “I was here for last year’s car-boot sale. This year we’ve designed an exclusive T-shirt. I did a scarf collection for them last year. I just find that it’s a way to give something back to causes dear to my heart.”

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