SHE INSPIRES ME (WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL)
On a designated Saturday in May all roads lead to the Brewer Street Car Park, Soho for one of the little-known fashion events. I am referring to the She Inspires Me – Women for Women International Car Boot Sale. Now if I’m honest when I first heard about this event I wasn’t too enthusiastic about going. When I think about car boot sales it conjures up images of old tatt that the sellers no longer want, and the buyers don’t want to purchase.
However, what piqued my interest is the ethos behind this event. Still in its infancy this car boot sale is not like your average Sunday morning rummage in the back of a Nissan Micra. For starters the proceeds from the sales go towards helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. So far the boot sales have raised over £300,000 and they have helped more than 479,000 marginalised women in 8 countries affected by war and conflict.
I missed the first year – 2016, but I have attended both the second and third years, and I have not been disappointed. On the 12thMay 2018 it was raining and gloomy, but you know I didn’t let that stop me. The event is very well organised, and the atmosphere is one of sisterhood and camaraderie. It has also gone from strength to strength in the 2yrs that I have attended. There is a DJ and even a bar serving cocktails. You can find everything from fashion to food and drinks & beauty.
This event is the ultimate definition of guilt free shopping. There are designer bargains galore from Charlotte Olympia, Alice Temperley, Matches Fashion, Refinery 29 and The Outnet just to name a few. Shoppers are able to pick up brand new sample sale pieces with tags and there are also items that are pre-loved and/or upcycled. All in all, it is a fun day out where the savvy fashionista can indulge her love of all things fabulous while also supporting women who have been affected by violence, war and poverty.
I am already planning to attend in 2019 and will be purchasing my ticket as soon as I receive the notification email with the proposed date!!. I need to make sure that I arrive early because as the popularity is growing items are selling out faster which is a good thing. I missed out on purchasing items from brand W11 Studios this year. They have some gorgeous and unusual pieces. The shirt I wore in the brand collab post is from this brand.
Did you attend the event this year? Have you attended in the past? Or do you plan to attend next year? Let me know in the comments.