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As a company centered on careers in fashion and luxury, it comes as no surprise that we're keen to hear about anything which promotes talent. Selfridges is doing just that, in their latest endeavour.
For four years now, Selfridges has heralded young creatives with the project “Bright Young Things”. This January, however, sees London’s luxury department store shake things up a little. Taking the focus away from young talent, the project called Bright Old Things shines the light on more mature individuals who have known how to start a new profession later on in life.
 
Selfridges has selected 14 people, all in their late 40s or above, who have started over to pursue a new career path. The list includes an array of talent: from topiarist Tim Bushe and fashion retailer Nick Wooster to Punk musician Bruno Wizard. At 82 years old painter and novelist Molly Parkin stands as the eldest of the group. 
 
The initiative kicks off on the 8th of Jan, to coincide with London Collections: Men, which takes place this weekend. It consists of a series of interviews and portraits by photographer Todd Selby, famous for his website The Selby, as well as a program of curated events. Each of the selected 14 entrepreneurs will take over a window at the luxury department store, as well as each creating a product which will go on sale across the different branches and online.
 
Selfridges thereby highlights that it’s important to not just focus on the young generations, as is so often the case in the fashion and luxury industries. Bright Old Things is the opportunity to celebrate the success and talent which blossoms at a later stage in  life.  
 
Moral of the story? It’s never too late to start afresh with a brand new career