The Mini Jamaica showroom was transformed into a thrift store for New Wave’s Celebrity Closet on Saturday, bringing new life to clothes and shoes in a bid to raise money for charity.
Conceptual Lindsey Lodenquai said the event has taken place every year since 2017, except for last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s absolutely amazing. We’re really, really happy to be back and doing this for charity, ”she said with a smile.
Some of the celebrities and artists who donated items from their closets included Protoje, Kandi King, Jesse Royal, Bootleg Rockstar, Kaci Fennell and Denyque.
Lodenquai explained that Celebrity Closet continues to be a viable avenue for fundraising as it fuses fashion, savings and music.
“It’s just a fun event to come and save money, see your friends and hang out, plus there’s a bar,” she said.
In addition to second-hand items, customers also had the option of buying from vendors who had baskets, swimwear, jewelry, and treats.
Lodenquai said she expects around 300 clients throughout the day while adhering to COVID-19 protocols.
Angelic Ladies Society, the benefactor of this staging by Celebrity Closet, is a non-profit organization focused on making a difference in the lives of girls in care facilities across the state of Jamaica.
“We just thought it fit in perfectly with our philosophy and what we love to do, which is really to provide a safe space and a haven for creative energy,” Lodenquai said.
Profits will flow into their six-week 2022 summer program, which will aim to provide art, dance and music therapy.
“I am truly grateful to the donors, the guests who attended and all of our sponsors. We have 876Volunteer, CoWorkJa, Pepsi, Very Culture, Blue Print, PR Rowe and, of course, Mini, ”explained the conceptualizer.
Toni-Ann Martin returned to the charity thrift store for a second year because her previous experience was excellent.
“Not only is it a good cause, but I like the initiative. It’s a great way for people to come explore their style and try new things while giving back, ”said Martin.
Stéphanie Cowan said The gleaner that she would definitely come back if the charity event was held again next year.
“I have always believed in savings. This is one way to reduce waste at the landfill. If it can be worn again, why not? I had a fun experience today. It was civilized. I thought people would run over the bombs to grab stuff, but it was civilized, ”Cowan explained.
Cheraine Marshall looks forward to the return of the event.
“It’s a very good cause. I had been waiting for this event to return for two years. I went in and got over the knee boots and a denim jacket, and only spent $ 1,000, ”Marshall said.