The non-profit Hope Chest Thrift Boutique, located at 20 School House Rd. in Pine Island, opened their new Fashion Floor in March, specializing in gently used prom, formal wear, party dresses and men’s suits just in time for prom season.
Two Warwick High School juniors, Olivia O’Connor and Morgan Sirota, introduced the idea of the community working together to recycle the gently used gowns. The girls, along with the expertise of New York City designer and stylist, Janice Brigante, of the Janice Brigante Design Studio and Boutique, who is volunteering her services to Hope Chest, are offering special event clothing at a fraction of their original cost and offering the community a unique opportunity to repurpose these garments.
In addition to prom-wear, the Fashion Floor offers formal wear for women of all ages and size categories, shoes, accessories, and men’s suits. The Fashion Floor will be open every Tues., 4 to 7 p.m. and on Thurs. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prices range from $10 – $30 and will benefit the Clothing Closet, Warwick’s free clothing bank.
The Hope Chest is asking the community for donations of gently used clothing and party-wear on hangers as well as shoes, purses, and wraps. Donations can be dropped off at the Clothing Closet or at the Warwick Valley High School, located at 89 Sanfordville Rd. in Warwick.