Ever thought you could buy yourself a designer bag, save Rs 1 lakh and help a charity, all at the same time? Treasure Trove, a charitable auction to be held on September 29 at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba, allows you to do just that.
Held to raise funds for the Jaivakeel School in Mumbai, for children with special needs, the auction will put up designer handbags from luxury brands like Hermes, Dior and Fendi, along with splurge-worthy options like a week-long stay in the Maldives and a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes, handpicked by the designer himself.
"We collected around Rs 30 lakh at the last fundraiser a couple of years ago," says Sapna Kar, Burgundy Consultancy, the event conceptualiser. "This year, we need to raise a minimum of Rs 1 crore. One of the school buildings needs to be razed to the ground and rebuilt."
Kar decided that a traditional art auction would alienate those not interested in spending lakhs of rupees on art, and chose to include something for everybody. "We received a great response from the brands. Christian Louboutin wrote a letter to me himself, explaning why he picked those shoes. Salvatore Ferragamo sent us a beautiful red leather bag, which we couldn’t include because we had already completed our brochure."
Up for grabs is a white Fendi, which is not even available in India yet, a Cerruti dress from the brand’s 2011 collection and the iconic Lady Dior bag in its new purple avatar.
“The Dior bag’s market rate is Rs 1.4 lakh, but we’re opening bids at Rs 75,000. We’ve also been given a Judith Leiber clutch from Suneet Verma’s latest collection, which retails at Rs 2.6 lakh but will open at Rs 1.5 lakh,” informs Kar.
Although open to invitees only, serious bidders can email her at email@example.com expressing which products they’re interested in, and an e-catalogue will be sent to them. Absentee bids will only be allowed until 12 pm on September 29. If the products are sold, shipping charges will be extra. Says Kar, “Not only is it a worthy cause, but you might also get a designer deal for a steal.”