Fancy rummaging through Kate Moss’s cast offs? Fine tune your search to the charity shops of North London, where the South London supermodel slash undisputed style icon makes regular donations from her presumably fit-to-burst wardrobe.
In a new interview with photographer David Bailey, published in The Guardian to mark 75 years of Oxfam, the 44-year-old revealed that after a clothing clear-out, she’ll drop some bags off at her local charity shop. ‘I do Oxfam and the Sue Ryder in Highgate,’ she said, giving us a new vintage shopping hotspot in the process. ‘I do my clean outs – an archive pile, a back-in-the-wardrobe pile, and we take a pile to charity.’ Race you up the Northern line…
The model, who has a well-documented eye for a vintage find, has long been a fan of charity shopping, explaining to Bailey: ‘From the age of 14 to 18 or 19, I got all my clothes from Oxfam. And then I started making myself go vintage so I didn’t have to trawl. You couldn’t buy 70s clothes in shops in the early 90s, it was all late-80s clothes.'
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‘I wanted to dress like a hippy – those ribbed jumpers, that was the only place to get them. Bin liners full of clothes for £5. I remember seeing Yves Saint Laurent suits from the 70s for £50 or something ridiculous,’ she added.
Indeed, it seems that Kate has cultivated something of a sixth sense when it comes to honing in on a charity shop bargain, developed in her teens. ‘I used to walk around a lot when I was younger, get the tube, and every time I passed a charity shop I’d go in. I can sense if somewhere has a good one,’ she said, going on to reveal how she once stumbled upon a piece of Hollywood fashion history. ‘I bought a dress that belonged to Errol Flynn’s wife. It was in Key West and the shop had a picture of her wearing it, tulle with white pearl and glass beads hanging off it,’ she said.