Pre-owned Designer Dress Shop Supports Local Charity

High-end dress agency Dress Cheshire, based in Prestbury, has announced that Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, will remain its charity partner for 2020.

The agency, which opened its doors to the public in November 2018, chose to extend its Charity of the Year partnership with Caudwell Children because of the invaluable work that it does in providing practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.

“This is fantastic news,” said Mark Bushell, from Caudwell Children, “The partnership will continue to raise vital funds for the charity as well as increasing brand awareness.”

Dress Cheshire is unique in that customers simply bring their unwanted items into the agency, located in St James House, New Road, Prestbury, where a sales price is agreed with the proprietor Christine Colbert.

Following the sale of the item the seller takes home half of the profit but is encouraged to put any loose change into Caudwell Children’s collection tin.

Not only that, but for any buyer that returns a branded Dress Cheshire carrier bag, to be recycled, Christine will make a 20p donation to the charity.

The boutique is a treasure trove of continually re-stocked designer one-offs selling top quality second-hand haute couture clothing and accessories, including Chanel, Mulberry and Louis Vuitton, as well as high street fashions from the likes of Ted Baker and Amarni Exchange, all on offer for a fraction of the price.

Christine, who lives in Prestbury, was determined to exploit the niche in the market for sustainable shopping when she opened the business. As she explained: “It’s all about putting the community and charity at the heart of Dress Cheshire.

“Customers feel good when they buy from us and feel great when they sell too, especially as most of them are prepared to pop their loose change into the charity pot.

“And with over 650 ‘Dress Members’ we’re attracting shoppers from across the North West and beyond, as we are a luxury branded shopping experience.”  

Mark is fully behind the concept. “It’s good for everyone and the planet,” he enthused. “With recycling, re-using, sustainability and charity at the heart of Dress Cheshire, what’s not to like about it?”

The money raised so far, along with a private donation to the charity’s founder from one seller, will fund a £3,000 specialist tricycle for a local child. Therapy tricycles are designed to assist children with their physical development and rehabilitation and help them overcome mobility issues.  

“My customers are getting real bargains whilst supporting a fantastic charity at the same time, which is a wonderful business model that I’m extremely proud of,” concluded Christine.

To find out more about Dress Cheshire visit: www.dresscheshire.com

To find out more about Caudwell Children visit: www.caudwellchildren.com

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