A night of handbags and gladrags

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It’s been a busy time at the auction house. It was our first auction with ‘live’ bidding, giving people around the world the chance to bid live and watch the auction via a webcam pointed at me!

The auction lasted five-and-a-half hours and I only took one five-minute comfort break.

Without time to recover, it was off to London the next day for The Prince’s Trust Handbags & Gladrags Ball.

The venue was a disused church in the heart of Mayfair and many leading business people were in attendance to support the Trust.

The main feature of the night was designer handbags donated by Versace, Chanel, Burberry and other major fashion labels.

Interestingly, one handbag had been donated by a company specialising in ‘pre-loved’ handbags, which is the new buzzword for secondhand.

The host for the evening was fashionista Brix Smith- Start, known to millions for her part in the hit C4 series Gok’s Fashion Fix and daily appearances on Sky’s lunchtime chat show Angela.

The talented American -born actress was also singer songwriter with post-punk band The Fall before moving into fashion with her three Start boutiques in London’s trendy East End.

Brix doubled as my auction assistant for the evening and was fantastic in showing the items around the tables and ‘banging the hammer’ at the final bid.

She enjoyed the auction so much she’s volunteered her services for my 20th century design and fashion auction at Nesbits on August 20.

She also promised to purge her wardrobe of some vintage clothes and accessories, so stay tuned for more information.

The event raised around £75,000 to help youngsters gain employment, enrol in higher education and start their own businesses.

Famous faces who have benefitted from The Prince’s Trust include superstar street magician Dynamo, who I’ve been lucky enough to meet.