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Savvy Xmas Shoppers Hunt Eric Clapton & Beckhams’ Cast-offs

Eric Clapton holds the five Grammy awards he won at the 35th Grammy Awards show Feb. 24. Among his five Grammys were best album, "Unplugged," and best song, "Tears in Heaven - RTXF1WA
Eric Clapton holds the five Grammy awards he won at the 35th Grammy Awards show Feb. 24. Among his five Grammys were best album, "Unplugged," and best song, "Tears in Heaven - RTXF1WA

Rock star bargains: Eric Clapton juggles the five gongs he won at the 35th Grammy Awards for best album, “Unplugged” and “Tears in heaven”.

Forget Black Friday, savvy shoppers will be skipping the annual retail madness for thrifty Thursday on 1st of December at arguably London’s best-connected charity shop. The British Red Cross shop in Chelsea had long been west London’s best-kept secret for designer labels including one-off and bespoke cast-offs from the rich and famous.

This was where the Beckhams chose to send their wardrobes in 2013 in aid of victims of the Phillipines typhoon. Eagle-eyed fashionistas have also made it a destination for acquiring custom-made celebrity items like signed Eric Clapton leather penny loafers and exclusive designer labels from Loro Piana, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Missoni to Manolo Blahnik [his eponymous shop is next door] Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant, Dior, Celine and many more.

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Red Cross event: David and Victoria Beckham donated their entire wardrobes to the Chelsea shop in 2013.

The rock guitarist, 71, who lives nearby co-owns Cordings of Piccadilly famed for its traditional English tailoring comprising clothes for country pursuits. The singer bought 50% of the label when it faced closure and regularly donates entire collections to the charity shop. He said at the time of his acquisiton:”I am a big fan of English traditional tailoring and have always been intrigued by the balance between functionality and style in the development of men’s fashion.

“I wanted to help preserve Cordings for myself so I could continue to shop there.”

Designer Sale, British Red Cross Shop, Old Church Street, Chelsea SW3.

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