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Mary Portas opens new Living & Giving shop in East Dulwich

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Mary Portas and Save the Children have done it again, and what’s more, it’s just in time for Christmas; the season of goodwill!  Following the success of the Mary’s Living & Giving Shops for Save the Children, the twelfth ‘Mary’s Living & Giving Shop’ will open its East Dulwich doors on Saturday 21 December 2013 at 12 midday (45 Lordship Lane). Shop manager Rebecca Parnell, together with 4-year-old Luke and 2 1/2 -year-old Francesca will cut the ribbon and announce the shop open. Guests will have a chance of winning prizes from the Christmas Tree Tombola – prizes include exercise classes from Push, Laurent Perrier champagne and beauty products from Chanel.  There will also be the obligatory mince pies and mulled wine on offer, as well as the dulcet tones of the local Green Goose Community Choir who will be on hand to share a few carols.

Already causing a buzz amongst the local community and fashion insiders, the inspiration behind the shop concept resonates with East Dulwich’s creative past and present, whilst at the same time remaining true to the Living & Giving ethos of reclamation and recycling.  A stunning piano generously donated by a member of the local community has been stripped back and forms the centrepiece of ‘faded grandeur’: the splendour and simplicity of Roman inspired architecture married with an opulent contemporary edge.  Renowned street artist, Will Vibes will be making his mark on the walls of number 45, whilst inside the shop, hand-painted murals, copper leaves, chandeliers and soft muted tones provide the perfect backdrop for the fabulous designer items which include stunning dresses from Emma Cook, great fitting denim from 7 For All Mankind, glamorous accessories and womenswear pieces from Jasper Conran, original and signed artworks from Rob Ryan, mens and children’s outerwear from Barbour, and stunning designer footwear from Kurt Geiger.  This gem of a lifestyle shop which is in the heart of East Dulwich also sells wonderful giftwares…perfect for the Christmas season.

Mary Portas says: 

“I am so excited to be setting up shop in East Dulwich – there is a brilliant community already and I want local artists, crafts people, designers, cake bakers and shoppers to come and be a part of Living & Giving, after all, it’s a space for you, the local community.”

Terence Lovell, Interim Head of Living & Giving said:

“We can’t wait to open our doors in East Dulwich; the local residents have already embraced us and made us so welcome.  Looking at some of the designer and vintage items that are up for grabs, we are sure all our visitors at the opening weekend and beyond will be pleased they stopped by, especially as the proceeds from anything that they buy will help save children’s lives.”

Save the Children is appealing for more donations from residents, fashion houses and local artisans, as well as for local volunteers to work in the shop to help the shop be a success. Everyone who brings a bag of donations on the opening weekend will receive a goody bag.

To donate stock or to enquire about volunteering visit our website at or call 020 7012 6400.  All profits raised from the Mary’s Living & Giving Shops goes to Save the Children’s life-saving work to help poor children and their families here in the UK and abroad.

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Mary’s Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children
45 Lordship Lane, London, SE22 8EP. Tel: 020 8693 1714

Twitter: @MarysLGShopSE22

About Save the Children: Save the Children works in more than 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential.

How your money helps:
Every donation counts. No matter how much or how little you give it makes a real difference to the children who need it most.

In the UK:
£25 raised could provide a selection of books or an educational toy for a child
£120 will provide a cot so that a newborn baby has a safe place to sleep

Around the world:
£3 will buy a mosquito net for a child in South Sudan
£12 could pay for a child to be vaccinated in Sierra Leone
£150 could pay for a nurse for a month in India
£600 can provide a safe area for children to play in Liberia