Do you have a few quality replica bags collecting dust in your closet? They might just help a student get to college. The Style Loop, an upscale consignment boutique in Rocky River, is holding a replica handbag collection event on Saturday, Aug. 12. The donated bags will become auction items at the Bag Lady Luncheon held by College Now Greater Cleveland on Oct. 6.
The Bag Lady Luncheon began in 2013 and raised over $160,000 that year. Since then, the biannual event has doubled in all aspects, from the amount of auction items, attendance and proceeds. In 2015, the luncheon raised $360,000. The proceeds benefit College Now’s scholarship and retention services, including the College Now Mentoring Program, which began in 2011 as an effort to increase college completion rates among College Now scholarship recipients from 60 to 80 percent.
Organizers are hoping for 500 items for the October event, and they’ve been collecting them since the last event in 2015. They seek excellent quality designer replica handbags and accessories, including wallets, small leather goods and men’s items — and if you have items like a Hermes scarf, a Gucci belt or a Chanel necklace, they will accept those as well. They cannot accept knockoff items.
As for designers, they’re looking for pieces from brands such as, but not limited to, Alexander McQueen, Aimee Kastenberg, 3.1 Philip Lim, Akris, MZ Wallace, AllSaints, Brahmin, Burberry, Chanel, Coach, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Dooney & Bourke, Jerome Dreyfuss, Hermes, Kate Spade, Longchamp outlet, Loewe, Stella McCartney, Tod’s, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Versace, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Givenchy, Frye, Milly, Ferragamo, Skagen, Rag & Bone, Fendi and more.
The Bag Lady Luncheon is the major fundraising event for College Now Greater Cleveland, formerly called Cleveland Scholarship Programs, which was founded in 1966 to empower and assist students seeking further education.
The luncheon is nearly sold out, with only about 30 tickets remaining. Tickets are $250 each. The Oct. 6 event will be held at the Cleveland Convention Center from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The guest speaker is Dee Haslam an owner of the Cleveland Browns. Bags are sold via silent auction at the event.
As for this Saturdays’ event at The Style Loop, festivities go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 19348 Detroit Road (Beachcliff Market Square) in Rocky River. Donate items or come to shop, snack on treats and enter the raffle for beautiful gifts. The Style Loop is full of designer items from brands like Gucci and Chanel, fine jewelry and great boutique chic clothing and shoes. They will be donating 20 percent of the day’s sales to College Now Greater Cleveland.
If you can’t get to The Style Loop, you can donate your high-quality bags and accessories at the next Bag lady Luncheon collection event, at the Eileen Fisher store at Eton Chagrin Boulevard on Aug. 18. They will also be donating 10 percent of the day’s proceeds to College Now.