Tori

In an amnesty on purchasing too many designer clothes, shoes, accessories and interior bits and pieces, a group of friends has decided to release items for sale from their well-honed collections at a fraction of their original cost.

The event, Urban Jumble, is an opportunity to have a good rummage through nice stuff, (including Mulberry, YSL, Isabel Marant, Céline, Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Bo Concept), to invest in the vintage of the future – and current vintage – and go home as a proud new custodian of design.

Having spent years nosing out beautiful things, which pile high, all but forgotten, in attics and wardrobes, the friends now want to re-home them so they can be appreciated anew.

“It’s a kind of life-laundry,” says Tori Hywel-Davies, Urban Jumble’s curator. “We’re not the only ones doing it; there’s a real movement for a certain generation which enjoyed years of economic buoyancy and invested in things they love but now feel they have too much. What do these things do but sit pointlessly in an attic? It’s a waste of good design!

“For me, it’s about removing life’s excesses so I can enjoy just ‘enough’, not in an ascetic way – it’s not about abstinence or self-denial! The Swedes call it ‘lagom’, which translates as ‘in-balance’ or ‘just the right amount’. We need to create a word for this in English. I see it very much as a lifestyle choice that’s filtering into the everyday.

“Urban Jumble is a much cooler way of selling the stuff you care about than Vestiaire or eBay – not just because people can come and have a proper look and have a chat, but because there’s no faff with post!”

The stall holders include former London stylist and Urban Jumble co-organiser, Benna Harry, who now runs online jewellery store benna.co.uk, Mary Lamb, a lecturer in costume design at LIPA and supporting the event with sales items from current and previous seasons’ collections is successful local designer, Clare McCullock. There is also a menswear stall and beauty products such as Elemis.

As an extra feelgood factor, stall holders are donating 10% to a charity of their choice and as curator, Tori is donating hers to Pancreatic Cancer Action. This is also where the money raised from the raffle and tombola will go. The prizes are pretty nifty: tables for two at 60 Hope Street, Malmaison, Lunya; two tickets to an Everton Premier League match; a spa treatment at The House Beauty Spa; tickets for LEAF’s award-winning afternoon tea and pudding club and a piece of jewellery from benna.co.uk.

The hunt for new custodians opens at 11am upstairs in LEAF on Bold Street on Sunday 6 July. Free entry.

Previews of a small selection of sales items are on Facebook and Twitter via ‘Urban Jumble’.

Pic: Mark McNulty