Wardrobe wanted: young woman opening a vintage fashion store in Castle Donington

A young visually impaired woman’s dream of opening a vintage fashion boutique has now come true. Tilly Dowler has been steadily losing her sight since the age of 16 when she was first diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a rare genetic eye disease that causes loss of central vision.

But she refused to allow his disability become a barrier. The brave 24-year-old will open Wanted Wardrobe, a pre-loved clothes and accessories store, in Castle Donington, at midday today (Saturday July 22).

The new store will primarily sell women’s clothing, with some men’s items available. It will feature many designer brands, including Ted Baker, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and Paul Smith, with all items selling for between £4 and £100.

The Clapgun Street store will donate 10% of its profits to charity who support people with vision problems. Tilly will run her new boutique alongside family friend Victoria Whittington-Parry.

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Tilly, who was born and raised in Castle Donington, said: “Victoria and I are delighted to finally open our shop. It really is a dream come true. And I’m thrilled to be able to make a small positive impact by giving back to the community.

“There really is nothing else in Castle Donington quite like Wanted Wardrobe. Hopefully it will generate a lot of interest. I will add that I could not have done it without the support of Victoria.

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