Fancy buying high street clothes half price? Shoppers can buy a mystery box full of brand new clothes that will help factory workers left without jobs
- Lost Stock is offering £70 worth of clothes for just £35 in mystery boxes
- The clothes are saved from factories where retailers have cancelled orders
- Money raised from the boxes will go to factory workers abroad left without work
Fashionistas can get their hands on brand new clothes said to be worth £70 for half price – while helping those in need at the same time.
A new initiative, Lost Stock, is offering customers the chance to buy clothes that high street retailers will no longer accept due to the coronavirus.
The items have already been made by factory workers in underdeveloped countries for major fashion chains including Topshop and Gap.
Unfortunately, due to all non-essential retailers being shut, many shops have cancelled orders from factories abroad, as they will no longer be able to shift the stock.
Box: Fashion fans can now get their hands on £70 worth of brand new clothes for just £35
This has left thousands of factory workers, mostly in Bangladesh and already on low pay, without any work and with mountains of clothes they are unable to sell.
More than a million workers are already estimated to have lost their jobs due to these unprecedented cancellations and, as a result, there could be a humanitarian crisis with tens of thousands of people losing all income.
Lock Stock, the new enterprise backed by Mallzee, a shopping app, is now selling these leftover products in mystery boxes.
The boxes sell for £35 but have roughly £70 worth of clothing inside, which will be picked for your size and style preference.
Although the clothes won’t have price tags, as the high street chains cancelled their orders before they were attached, they are said to be the exact same items as would be sold in the retailers.
So far, more than 65,000 boxes have been sold but not yet been dispatched as a certain number of boxes need to be ordered to get the items shipped from Bangladesh.
If they continue to sell as well as they have, customers can expect to receive their orders in roughly six weeks.
Some of the clothes that customers will receive were due to be sold in Topshop later this year
Those who order will be asked their gender, how old they are, what size they wear and what sort of style they prefer – whether that be patterned or plain designs.
Women’s clothes go up to a size 20, while men’s go up to a 44 to 46 inch chest size.
In return, they’ll receive at least three items, most of which will be tops and shirts rather than bottoms as Lost Stock said it is easier for them to get a better fit.
Purchasing a box helps those in need as each box sold provides a food and hygiene package delivered via the SAJIDA Foundation that will support a family of four in Bangladesh for a week. Lost Stock also pay the factories for the stock separately.
A large proportion of the cost of a customers box is contained in the donation so if they need to return it, Lost Stock will only accept returns of the whole box back and customers will need to pay for shipping.
Customers will also not receive any donation or shipping components of their order cost back.
Cally Russell, Mallzee chief executive, said: ‘With no safety net available for some of the poorest workers in the fashion supply chain we couldn’t sit back and do nothing – leaving families to starve and new clothing heading to landfill.
‘People in the UK have really come together to support each other in the fight against coronavirus and it’s been really heartwarming to see so many fashion influencers get behind this initiative and help those in the industry who are really suffering as a result of the pandemic.
‘Covid-19 is a health and economic crisis in the UK but it’s going to be a humanitarian crisis in countries like Bangladesh unless support is provided.
‘With the Lost Stock approach consumers get a great deal and are also helping at the same time.’
Cancelled orders have affected over 1,000 factories and the lives of 2.27million workers and their families with a recent study finding that 47 per cent of these workers now have no income.
Lost Stock’s ultimate aim is to support 10,000 workers and their families in the coming weeks and 50,000 by the end of the year.