TELEVISION star Gaynor Faye proved she was top of the shops as she helped launch a special new charity store in Leeds city centre.
The Emmerdale actress officially opened the shop at the corner of Queens Arcade and Lands Lane yesterday.
The Cancer Research UK’s new-look shop aims to offer high quality clothes and has even bagged a sales manager from Louis Vuitton to manage the site.
Unlike the existing Cancer Research UK shops in Armley, Moortown and Horsforth, the new store has an upmarket, contemporary look and aims to sell high quality items.
Gaynor said: “I’m delighted to officially open this new Cancer Research UK shop – a charity I’ve supported for a very long time and which is very close to my heart.
“Their new shop is in such a fantastic location and they’ve made it look uber stylish inside.
“Being a keen shopper and a passionate supporter of Cancer Research UK, this new shop will definitely be on my retail therapy list.”
Shop manager Luke Barker has over six years experience in fashion retail in Leeds and joins Cancer Research UK from his role as sales manager at Louis Vuitton in the nearby Victoria Quarter.
Luke, 26, said: “I love that Cancer Research UK has the bravery and daring to open up in the city centre.
“I’m going from one fashion extreme to the other, from high-end luxury to charity shop chic, but I want to show our customers that they really aren’t that far apart in terms of style.
“We’re not going to be all about vintage, shoppers will be able to pick up items that are bang on trend too.
“We’ve got lots of windows to show off what’s on offer to the thousands of people who will pass each day.
“We hope it will bring the charity’s shopping experience to lots of new customers in Leeds and hope it will soon become a must on the fashion map of the city.”
Donations of good-quality clothes, shoes and bags are being taken by the store.
Volunteers are also being sought to help and work at the shop.
To find out more about Cancer Research UK, visit the website at www.cancerresearchuk.org.