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Step into Designer Paradise...

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

Thinking about a sartorial clear out? Need to make some room in your overcrowded closet? But hey, hang on- my precious possessions tell stories, they evoke memories of times, of places, of everything. The Vivienne Westwood corset that outed my inner

Madonna or my Dior saddle bag that stayed at my side throughout the nineties.

"Oh the bittersweet decisions of whether to let go or keep as a gilded shrine to my youth."

Nobody could love my clothes, my shoes, my bags in the way I do - or so I thought.

Preloved and vintage shops are popping up all over the Surrey Hills. Well-stocked and carefully curated these shops are an eco-friendly goldmine and a designer

paradise for the savvy fashionista.

The ‘Make Fashion Circular’ (MFC) movement was launched in 2017 at the Copenhagan Fashion Summit.

The MFC drives collaboration between fashion industry leaders and other key stakeholders to create a textiles economy fit for the 21st century. Designing for

endurance; making clothes that last longer and remain in use are the principles behind the circular economy.

Preloved and vintage shops are meeting this environmental challenge whilst providing us with the chance to stand out from the crowd and develop our own unique style.

"For me, it's also the story behind every cherished item - why, where, how.........."

The Loft in Walton-on-the-Hill is a brilliant pre-loved boutique, ran by the ever-stylish sisters Bonnie and Kiki. On the day I visited I found a pair of timeless Gucci loafers with the labels signature horse-bit hardware as good as new and at a fraction of the original price.

Be dazzled by the glitz and glamour of bygone years at Michele's Dress Agency in Dorking.

Here you'll find treasures in every corner to explore and a ceiling devoted to hats from boater to bucket, Panama to pillbox.

I recently snapped up a Dolce and Gabbana bustier top in white cotton-blend tulle, embellished with black embroidery highlighting the sweetheart neckline. It's exquisitely perfect and as cheap as chips!

New to Reigate is charity boutique, Re.Work.It; beautifully curated with a welcoming ambience, this charity boutique offers mid range to luxury designer garments and accessories all in aid of Active Prospects. Active Prospects empowers local people with learning disabilities, physical and mental health needs to live aspiring lives.

Start shopping all the fabulous pre-loved outlets across the Surrey Hills.

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