STOCKBRIDGE -- BerkChique! the Berkshires' premiere pop-up shop and gently-used clothing sale kicks off its third year with a preview party 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, May 2, at the Stockbridge Town Hall.
The weekend event will continue with public sale hours on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. BerkChique! has quickly become the go-to event for fashion finds from some of the best closets in the Berkshires. The event was established by Berkshire Creative Chair Emeritus Nancy Fitzpatrick in 2012 as a fun way to support Berkshire Creative, an organization that provides resources, services and programs that grow and sustain Berkshire County's creative industries and economy.
"It is a great way for both those donating and purchasing to refresh their closets for the spring," says BerkChique! Committee Chair Sarah Eustis. "In this event, we celebrate and support some of the best aspects of our community: creativity, style and up-cycling."
BerkChique! features clothing and accouterments for both men and women including women's casual and formal tops, dresses, lingerie, cashmere sweaters, jackets, coats, slacks and jeans as well as men's pants, shirts and jackets -- all donated by the area's chique-est boutiques and individuals. In addition to these contemporary offerings, BerkChique! features an exclusive selection of vintage pieces by hard-to-find European designers such as Rifat Özbek and Dries Van Noten.
Fashionistas, trendsetters, stylists and tag sale shoppers can get preferential access to the sale at the BerkChique! Friday Night Preview Party. Tickets are $25 or $20 for Berkshire Creative members. Preview party attendees will enjoy first dibs at this year's BerkChique! racks, a fashion show with music mixed by DJ RothFitz, tasty nibbles from The Red Lion Inn, a cash bar and more.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online at berkchique2014.eventbrite.com, or at the door.
Everything at BerkChique! is one-of-a-kind, high quality and new or gently used; as a result, the sizes vary. The majority of items are affordably priced between $5 and $40. Most T-shirts, sweaters, handbags and shoes will be tagged at low-price brackets, and all jeans will be sold at $5 a pair. BerkChique! is proud to provide unique yet comfortable fashions and everyday wear for any Berkshire resident.
Some special, higher priced items can also be found throughout the sale. These designer garments feature brands such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Versace, Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Jenny Packham, Ann Demeulemeester, Yohji Yamamoto, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Moschino, Vivienne Westwood, Fendi, Ungaro and Temperley London.
Women's and girl's purses, clutches, scarves, costume jewelry and shoes including new and vintage flats, tennis shoes, patent leather, and platform heels are just some of the stylish accessories that can be found at BerkChique!.
At the close of the weekend sale, many items are donated to local non-profit organizations and agencies including the Berkshire Botanical Garden, Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires, Inc. and Suit YourSelf -- a program of Goodwill Berkshires that provides free workplace attire to promote and support residents of Berkshire County and the surrounding area who are entering the workforce.