From here to over there, from now into April, you can get high-end super-stylish clothes for super prices.
Jessie Carlson Wardrobe Resale— When you’re a top Vancouver wardrobe consultant like Jessie Carlson and you’ve been shopping with and for local clientele for nine years and counting, your own closet is bound to be super-jammed with frocks and ensembles. It’s not unlikely that the closets of your chic-and-fashion-focussed friends would be equally full-to-bursting.
Imagine the cache of cool clothes that would result if Carlson and her pals purged their high-fashion wardrobes and then pooled all of the items for a big-bang blowout sale. That’s precisely what’s happening this Saturday when she, her associate, Michelle Addison, and at least eight other fashion professionals (including designers and chi-chi boutique owners) dig deep into the recesses of their own closets to pull out stylish little-or-never-worn items to offer up for resale.
On Carlson’s website, Jessie Carlson Wardrobe, she describes the event as “amazing clothes from amazing closets.” Although we haven’t seen any of the pieces firsthand, we can only imagine that given Carlson’s dedication to fashion and her own personal style, a peruse through the offerings (size 2 through 12) would be worth it.
Jessie Carlson Wardrobe’s “High End Resale” takes place tomorrow, March 19th, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., at The Center For Peace on the corner of 16th Avenue and Burrard Street, Vancouver. Cash or cheques only, with 10 percent of Carlson and Addison’s sales going to Avalon Women’s Centres, where Carlson sits on the board. Visit www.jessiecarlson.com
Arc’teryx Spring Warehouse Blowout— According to a fashion-biz friend who lives in NYC, Ralph Lauren—a man who can dress in whatever label he pleases—has been spotted wearing Arc’teryx. Stands to reason. He’s a sporty guy who’s into quality, and Arc’teryx isn’t called the Armani of outdoor wear for nothing.
Discerning athletic types I know trek to the manufacturer’s outlet store on Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver to indulge in the company’s high-quality seconds, samples and discontinued activity-specific products. Twice a year, Arc’teryx has a warehouse sale, and folks in the know line up early to have first pick through sale products like the Beta Jacket pictured here, which is regularly priced at $300 and on sale for $139.
Arc’teryx factory store March sale starts tonight at 6 p.m. and continues through the weekend (CLICK HERE for more details). Arc’teryx Equipment, 2155 Dollarton Hwy., North Vancouver, 604-960-3001. Visit www.arcteryx.com
The Oxfam Curiosity Shop— Okay, so it doesn’t start until the beginning of April and it takes place at Selfridges in London, England, but it’s too cool not to mention. If you’ll be in London April 1st through 10th, or have someone there who can quarterback the purchase of something you’ve spied online (Selfridges doesn’t ship), you’ll want to check out The Oxfam Curiosity Shop.
For the second year, it will feature celebrity fashion donations, sought-after samples and vintage clothing hand-picked from Oxfam’s 700 shops worldwide.
The Oxfam Curiosity pop-up shop was created and is stocked by Annie Lennox and a host of other A-list celebrities that include Colin Firth, Scarlett Johansson, Helen Mirren, Pixie Lott, Dannii Minogue, Kate Moss and more. Prices are reasonable considering the stock, and all proceeds go to Oxfam. CHECK OUT the video Annie Lennox made last year to introduce the concept. Her enthusiasm is infectious.—AL
The Oxfam Curiosity Shop will be open at Selfridges Ultralounge, Oxford Street, London, April 1st through 10th. Visit www.oxfam.org/uk
Photos, top to bottom: Jenna Shouldice, Arc’teryx, Oxfam