After a very successful campaign last year The Empty Shop 2015 launches again today at Manchester Arndale. The Empty Shop is a charity fashion project, and together Manchester Arndale and Manchester-based homeless charity, The Mustard Tree, will be creating awareness of homelessness as well as generating funds for the charity.
The idea is that there will be a pop-up empty shop space in Exchange Court in the Arndale until 1st February, and every day this space will be filled with donations of preloved clothing from the public, which will go on to be distributed to help those in need.
Members of the public and businesses will be donating clothing each day, plus some Manchester celebs too, including Phil and Julie Neville, and Brooke Vincent (Sophie from Corrie). Last year 2 tonnes of clothing was donated from brands, business and individuals!!
Every day stylists and fashion bloggers will be styling up the donated garments in the shop space, which takes pride of place in Manchester Arndale.
Then every night the shop will be emptied and everything donated to The Mustard Tree, who will be distributing clothing across Manchester to help those struggling with the plight of homelessness.
It’s a great initiative for a good cause, and I’ll be getting involved by donating some items of clothing, and I’ll also be styling the mannequins in The Empty Shop next Thursday! If you’re based around the Manchester why not get involved too by donating your preloved, unwanted clothing?!