Lily Allen’s failed vintage boutique
She’s made a loud comeback on the music scene, but Lily can’t hide the sound of failure from her former fashion business Lucy In Disguise LLP.
The sartorial endeavour conceptualised by Lily and her sister Sarah Owen has been forced to close doors amid reports of it going into administration, and, still owing thousands of pounds to a leading manufacturer.
A spokesperson for Lucy In Disguise said: ‘We have made the decision to focus on our online business which is showing greater profit and obviously has wider reach and greater potential for growth.
Details for the new location are to be released adidas gazelle in a few weeks time, but bags of
rubbish, empty rails and a vanis adidas gazelle < adidas gazelle /strong>hed shop sign still decorate the current premises.
A shop worker can be seen taking bin bags out to the front of the store, awaiting pick up from the City of Westminster rubbish collection team.
No longer a hub for vintage clothing from the 1920s onwards, Aurora Fashions, whose brands include
high street favourites Coast, Oasis and Warehouse, was granted a
compulsory winding up order against the company in the High Court last year.
In November 2013, Richard Glanville, Aurora’s chief
financial officer, told The Mail on Sunday that his company was still
owed 12,000 and said it had been impossible to settle the matter
without taking legal action. The original bill of 100,000 was only paid
‘in dribs and drabs’ over 18 months.
‘We had to make numerous phone calls and
send several letters to chase up payments,’ said Mr Gla adidas gazelle nville. ‘It has
been a very drawn out affair and we gave them every opportunity to pay
the money back before applying to put it into administration.
Lily gave up music in 2010, in order to focus on this business venture with her sister, and even enlisted the help of Mary Portas to help them set up the shop with their efforts documented in a three part Channel 4 series called From Riches To Rags.
The sisters’ concept was to sell and rent out vintage designer clothing, with items from Moschino to Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent on offer to buy, rent or both.
In the original Kingly Street location, and the current Lexington Street premises, a beauty salon and VIP area was constructed, as a way to offer retro hair and makeovers to go with the vintage party dress a customer might have bought or hired.
Still hopeful: Despite Lily leaving the business, her sister Sarah Owen hopes to keep the online shop running and find a new location.