Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to attend the Fashion Bloodhound seasonal showcase. I've been invited to this event twice before and each time, Graziella, owner and founder of the business, puts on a more spectacular show than the time before. Previously, FBH has put on a Summer and a Winter showcase, (see my posts here and here) to such success that it was prudent to put on a Spring one as well!
Fashion Bloodhound sells pre-owned and authenticated designer items through their website (check it out here.) However, at these perennial events they collate unsold items and specially sourced pieces to display in a 'sample sale' type setting. Held at the beautiful and trendy Francis Hotel in Bath, I was greeted with a goodie bag and a glass of champagne, and proceeded to jump in to a bargainistas' paradise!
I had a VIP press invite which allowed access from 4pm. There was open access from 5.30pm, but you could also buy tickets that allowed you entry from 4pm (and a goodie bag) in limited number. I arrived at around twenty past four after having to come from work, and the sale was in full swing! At past events I've had the luxury of being able to slowly look around the rails and take some photographs at my leisure, but as word of mouth spreads about how exciting these events are, and the bargains that can be unearthed, so the demand is ever increasing. Apparently there were ladies waiting anxiously outside prior to the start of the sale, keen to get stuck in!
When you survey the scene and take a moment to look at the prices of some of the pieces, you can understand why the hype for these showcases has gained momentum. The iconic '£50 and under' section had been extended to fill two rails, and a quick browse turned out T by Alexander Wang tops for £35 and a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress for £25. There was even a Sonia Rykiel blouse for £5! It really is up to 80% off some items, and if you wanted to spend a little more, you could do so, safe in the knowledge that you are buying an authentic designer bargain. I mean, where else would you be able to pick up a Mulberry bag for £175?
Each event I attend seems to hold more product than the last, and the FBH team had really excelled on the accessory front this time. Trestle tables groaned under the weight of rows upon rows of designer footwear, there were more sunglasses than a branch of Specsavers and everything in between-including passport covers, mobile phone cases, jewellery, watches and scarves-jostled for position between handbags, belts and Chanel hairclips. Yes, really!
I did make a purchase which I will show in a separate post; I bought some amazing Penelope Chilvers 'dandy' slippers which I've already posted on my Instagram! They were £50 instead of £285...I love Fashion Bloodhound...!
Not only were shoppers treated to champagne while they picked out some new season pieces, but the Melanie Giles salon was also offering complimentary beauty treatments, too. I got a lovely manicure, had my brows threaded and had some waves put in my hair! The salon staff were all really lovely and offered tips and beauty advice whilst offering the treatments to shoppers, which was such a nice touch. Basically, it was my idea of a perfect afternoon out!
If you missed out on this event, don't worry as I'm sure there will be another one coming up soon. In the meanwhile, you can still snap up some real bargains on the Fashion Bloodhound website; click here to have a look!
Huge thanks to all the Fashion Bloodhound team and also to the Melanie Giles Salon team for making the afternoon such an enjoyable one!