There were some glum people on our Instagram feed recently, as the Fenwick department store on New Bond Street closed after almost 133 years in business.
But already a new chapter is coming — a short one, at least. For two weeks from 9 February 2024, Fenwick will host a Charity Super.Mkt pop-up, with Shelter, Traid, Shaw Trust and Havens Hospices selling secondhand fashion on the shop floor, where, until very recently, some of the city's wealthiest folks were swiping their Mastercards.
A free launch party on 9 February will feature DJs and a chance to be among the first to have a rummage. Alongside pre-loved items from five charity shops, there'll be some leftover items donated by the designer brands moving out of the store — so maybe you'll score yourself some bargain Dior or Armani.
Alas, Fenwick won't be a charity shop for long; 'rejuvenation' plans are afoot from Foster & Partners architects, swelling the floorspace and hoping to attract new tenants to what'll be a mixed-use development.
Charity Super.Mkt pop-up at Fenwick, 9-24 February 2024