Today I met….Nicola of Once Worn Twice Loved
Life is full of strange coincidences, making you realise two things – the world is a small place and industries are small worlds. Last week, I experienced one of these strange coincidences when I got chatting with Nicola, by chance, at the bar of our local pub. It turned out we had alot in common, primarily that she has worked in fashion for most of her career and we realised that perhaps we could support each other.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Dress – Size 12 – Price To Be Confirmed (New In)
Nicola runs, along with her friend Lisa, a secret boutique called Once Worn Twice Loved. Its primarily a dress agency, but not one like I’ve ever encountered. Nicola and Lisa organise pop-up shops for their boutique as well as having their boutique in Aspley Guise, Buckinghamshire. I’m not one for giving away any clothes. There have been one too many occasions when I have regretted my charity shop donations or eBay sales, so I’m going to hang on to everything I have. This will be much to Nicola’s disappointment (or not as she may not like any of my clothes!) However, I will definitely be a customer buying from Once Worn Twice Loved.
Stella McCartney Shoes – Size 3 (Never Worn) – £160 ; ASOS Overcoat – Size 10 – £45 ; Nicole Farhi Wedges – Size 4 – £82
The clothes Nicola and Lisa sell on for others are of exceptional quality. They’re almost what we dream of finding in charity shops but never do. Brand new Stella McCartney shoes, Nicole Farhi wedges, a Dolce & Gabbana trench coat, Hoss Intropia, Missoni, McQueen…the list of high-end designer pieces is endless. They also sell high street clothes, ones of high quality, hence the name Once Worn Twice Loved so cater for a wide range of prices.
On this occasion, I didn’t get to meet Lisa due to a busy schedule, however I did get time to catch up with Nicola, who previously was a buyer for a designer womens fashion boutique and since having a child, has tailored her career needs using her fashion experience to open up this shop, which is like a little slice of heaven. Rails and rails of beautiful clothes, all at very reasonable prices made me realise I no longer need eBay, where prices can be over-inflated unnecessarily due to pre-end-of-auction-heart-race emotions running riot. Why put yourself through that stress whilst shopping online, when you can visit these ladies, who will chat calmly with you, bring you coffee, making you feel like you’ve been friends for years whilst browsing through racks of high-end designer pieces at reasonable prices. Shopping here is definitely a wiser choice.
D&G Trench Coat – Size 14 – £150 ; Vero Modo Embellished Top – Size 12 (Brand New) – £32 ; Common Thread Bolero/Top Size 12 – Price To Be Confirmed (New In)
Hoss Intropia Jacket – Size 14 – £42 ; Malene Birger Dress – Size 12 – £58