The Enliven Fashion Project sees emerging designers team up with Eastleigh charity shops to spruce up their stock with a touch of upcycling magic. CLIC Sargent’s Eastleigh shop has been paired with college student and aspiring fashion designer Emma Batchelor, who has been loving the experience.
Emma said: “I think these upcycled items will be really eye-catching. We will hopefully open people’s eyes what they can do with their old clothing and the great stuff they can find in their local shops.” Store Manager Tiffany Kelly said: “This project is a fabulous idea. It’s a privilege to be helping up-and-coming new designers while also promoting and raising awareness of CLIC Sargent.”
CLIC Sargent also has its own upcycled fashion brand Fix Up Look Sharp, which sells unique pieces to raise money for children and young people with cancer. Items are sold in CLIC Sargent’s online shop.
Jeremy Lune, Head of Trading at CLIC Sargent, said: “CLIC Sargent is dedicated to upcycling unwanted clothes through its Fix Up Look Sharp brand, so naturally we’re thrilled that the charity’s Eastleigh shop is part of another exciting up-cycling project. This process is a great way of breathing new life into clothes which have been generously donated, and raising vital funds at the same time. I’m sure that these creations will be snapped up when they go on sale at the Point.”
The Enliven Project has grown every year, with 2014 being no exception. Thanks to the EU-funded Recreate initiative, this year’s fashion show will be accompanied by a thriving designer-maker market, allowing organisers Eastleigh Borough Council to support even more developing creative talent.