Fashion & Design: Oxfam’s “Empty Shop”


Fashion: Oxfam’s ‘Empty Shop’ does an encore in Brussels.

From 17 October to 16 November, Oxfam-Solidarité will be opening an ‘Empty Shop’ in Brussels, a trendy shop where you can find designer clothes and objects from renowned and less-well-known designers, with all profits going to finance Oxfam projects worldwide.

“The principle of Oxfam’s Empty Shop is, as the name implies, to take an empty shop and fill it with designer clothes and designer objects,” explained Eva Vervecken of Oxfam- Solidarité’s second-hand department.

Oxfam is calling on all the big names in Belgium’s fashion world – designers, stylists, fashionistas – to donate clothes and designer objects, be they original creations, unique pieces, or ‘end of series’ items. However, anyone and everyone can donate clothes or designer objects, as long as they are of good quality.

So, do you have designer clothes in your closet or items on your shelves that you want to see go to a good cause? Then, why not donate them to the Empty Shop by Oxfam? “We are not necessarily looking for brands, as long as they are quality products. We want to show the public that it is possible to find nuggets in our stores without annihilating your budget,” says Vervecken. “Even though you’re in a second-hand shop, you can still come out with a Dries Van Noten creation.”

This is the second time that Oxfam has opened an Empty Shop in Brussels. In October 2017, the first store took up residence in the heart of Brussels, on Rue Antoine Dansaert. Thanks to the many donations from Jean-Paul Knott, Filippa K and Nathalie Vleeschouwer, the first store made €31,980. The profits were donated to fund Oxfam projects around the world – one in three people in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change this situation by mobilizing citizen power. Around the world, Oxfam is working to find solutions so that everyone can escape from poverty.

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