Kings Cross charity Wayside Chapel has opened an online op shop, bringing its range of new and vintage designer and high street clothes and accessories onto the web for the first time. The move has come after the charity was forced to temporarily close its physical stores in Bondi and Kings Cross due to coronavirus.
“Moving online meant fashion lovers could still browse good quality, designer fashion at affordable prices, but now all from the comfort of their own home,” Wayside Chapel’s op shop coordinator tells Broadsheet. “The online shop also allows Wayside to reach a wider audience, offering more people access to our eclectic fashion as well as sharing the good work that Wayside Chapel does with the community.”
Customers will be able to pick up affordable clothing and accessories from high-end designers such as Chloé, Acne Studios, Zimmermann, Gucci and Dion Lee, as well as pieces from high street brands such as Zara, Saba, Witchery and Uniqlo. At the moment, prices range from $20 (for an embroidered anglaise top from streetwear label Nolita, for example) to $350 (for a pair of Fendi stretch-knit sneakers), but most pieces sit below the $100 mark. Other bargains include a pair of Gucci riding pants ($150), a pink Ganni statement coat ($80) and a pair of Alexander Wang denim shorts ($45).
If you’re stuck for what to buy, Wayside ambassador, model and stylist Christian Wilkins has curated an edit of his favourite picks for both men and women.
Not only will buying from the store mean you’re helping keep textiles out of landfill, but all proceeds from the op shop go towards Wayside’s social enterprise programs, which support people experiencing homelessness. The funds give vulnerable people access to showers, clothing, meals, housing, medical care and legal and Centrelink referrals.