Truth be told, the idea of our #BuroGivesBack Fashion Charity Market started when I returned from fashion week in February and realised that — after yet another shopping spree in Milan and Paris — I couldn't even fit a T-shirt into my wardrobe. I swear. And even the metal clothes rack that I bought to handle the fashion spill over from my wardrobe was jam-packed. To the max. It was time for a massive edit. It was time for a #BuroGivesBack Fashion Charity Market!
From the outset, I wanted to ensure that this closet clear-out wasn't just going to benefit me, but would also support the good work done by CYF Nepal (our partner since the first #BuroGivesBack project early last year) to educate and empower underprivileged kids in Kathmandu. There and then, it was decided that 30 percent of proceeds would be donated to CYF Nepal.
Three piles were created from my wardrobe edit: 1. Love it, keep it; 2. Love it, and I can't believe it's still unworn; and 3. Love it, haven't worn it for a year, but reminds me of good times.
Okay, so after the first edit, I didn't really identify anything to actually sell. I wanted to keep everything! I love them all! I have a photographic memory when it comes to my fashion purchases — including where, when, and how much — so each piece has nostalgic value. But then, reality: How are you going to store your Vetements denim jacket or Gucci sweater if you don't make space? I had to bite the bullet. If I hadn't worn it in the last year, then it was going to be sold at the Fashion Charity Market. Goodbye Prada jackets purchased during Milan fashion week; farewell Burberry trench coats cherished and worn during any hint of rain in Singapore; and hope you find a good home you sexy hunter green Valextra briefcase.
Once the culling started, it was addictive: ACNE Studios leather jacket? Sell it, already have three leather jackets. Ksubi sunglasses? Norman, you have like 30 shades, put it in the sale pile. Ermenegildo Zegna Couture coat? Not the couture coat! But how many times are you seriously going to wear this again. Let it go. Three hours later and I had filled three Rimowa suitcases, one Tumi carry-on luggage, three IKEA totes (that is, the original Balenciaga blue bag), and five suit bags with pre-loved designer clothes and accessories for sale.
When I shared my idea with people at work to host a one-day fashion charity market — the designer sale to trump all designer sales — the idea rapidly gathered steam and, before I knew it, took on a life force of its own. What can only be attributed to good old fashioned "friends helping freinds", the #BuroGivesBack Fashion Charity Market grew to include #FriendsOfBuro contributing their pre-loved goods; The Fifth Collection supplying legit vintage finds; Mmerci Encore selling her cult-favourite beauty products; Project Acai serving their delicious superfood bowls; 8Twenty8 Nails providing manicures and hand massages; Matter Prints offering their gorgeous print apparel; Juice Junkie keeping people hydrated with their cold-pressed juices; and The Paper Bunny contributing their latest iPhone cases — all held in the light-filled co-working space at The Co. on Duxton Hill. Much love, friends.
Also, just because they're a bunch of great guys, MavRx Coffee Apothecary donated all the proceeds from their coffee sales (on the day of their second anniversary) to our #BuroGivesBack cause. Say what? IKR. May their coffee always runneth over.
SO HOW MUCH DID WE RAISE?
#BuroGivesBack Fashion Charity Market (held for just four hours on Saturday 22 April): $18,476 MavRx Coffee Apothecary one-day sales donation: $1,130.70 TOTAL: $19,606.70 TOTAL donated to CYF Nepal: $6,886.60
Huge thanks to everyone that was involved in this #BuroGivesBack Fashion Charity Market — from the people and companies who donated pieces; the sloggers that helped set up the event; Buro 24/7 Singapore colleagues that doubled as sales assistants; friends who spread the word online and in-person; and, of course, the shoppers who bought something on the day (including the dozen or so guys who arrived before 2pm in order to get first dibs on my merch; respect).
See the slideshow below for an inside look at our #BuroGivesBack Fashion Charity Market:
WHAT WILL CYF NEPAL USE THE FUNDS FOR?
First, Haushala Zimba, founder of CYF Nepal sends her heart-felt thanks and appreciation. Second, we are happy to reveal that the funds raised will be used to outfit the kids' bedrooms at CYF Nepal; including building much needed wardrobes. How poignant: I cleared my wardobe so that others could fill their wardrobes, with proceeds from the sale donated to help build wardrobes for underprivileged kids in Kathmandu. High fives all round! What a great win-win.
See the illustrations below for what CYF Nepal aims to build with the funds donated through #BuroGivesBack: