Thursday 17 March 2016

Fix Up Look Sharp

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about CLIC Sargent's writing fundraiser Get In Character, which gave you the chance to become a part of your favourite author's next book. That campaign has ended for this year, but the charity has plenty of other smart ideas to earn much needed funds.

Take Fix Up Look Sharp. CLIC Sergent's own fashion range, it does things in a very different way. Staff and volunteers at the CLIC Sargent shop on Bristol’s trendy Gloucester Road came up with the idea in 2012. The talented team began stitching stylish, unique garments from donated fabrics and turned them into one-of-a-kind garments. The look, as the name implies, is sharp and modern. Playful too, as bright and often chintzy fabrics are reshaped with edgy tailoring. This is not your standard charity shop fare, and for once you don't need to be sharp with a needle and thread to make the most out of what's on offer.

The team at Fix Up Look Sharp are currently working hard on a Spring/Summer collection which will be launched next month. It's exciting times, but let's not forget the main purpose of the range. Every penny raised by Fix Up Look Sharp goes towards helping young people with cancer. People like FULS model Charlotte, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged just seventeen. She tells her story on her own YouTube channel, and is the star of Fix Up Look Sharp's latest video. Check it out!

Our View: this is a great example of a charity giving its own staff and volunteers the chance to think creatively and make a difference to the people it was set up to help. With a clear identity, look and purpose, Fix Up Look Sharp mix fashion and charity with a big handful of sass and style. I'm doubly pleased, though, because the whole subject gives me the chance to play THIS.

Sweet as a nut.

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