Leonard Slatkin, benefitting WHOO Upscale Resale for a Cause
Since 2006, WHOO U R Upscale Resale for a Cause has been re-selling high end furniture, clothing, jewelry, and home décor from the Detroit region and donating net profits to qualified charities, particularly those that help meet the needs of individuals suffering from life threatening illness.
When Leonard Slatkin, former Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra — a prominent leader of the city’s cultural community — was looking to sell the contents of his home, WHOO emerged as a natural partner. “ He did a lot to build the Detroit Symphony Orchestra into a world class organization,” says WHOO president and founder Lonna Harlow, of Slatkin, who is moving to St. Louis. “And he took the orchestra into so many communities within the city.”
Proceeds from this collection, the first of its kind in partnership with EBTH, will benefit one of the 5 charities with which WHOO typically works. “We donate to wherever we think we can do the most good,” Harlow explains. Not only does the WHOO boutique recycle goods and put money into worthy causes, but Harlow notes that the organization also plays an important educational role in the community. “When we started working with the Michigan Abolitionists, for example — a group that deals with human trafficking — customers would come in and say ‘Oh, that’s just an urban legend, that doesn’t happen here. Through our work, we raise awareness about real needs in the community."
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Signed Full-Sized Viola
Excelsior Designs Rosewood and Steel Credenza
Mackie CR-1604 16 Channel Mic Line and Lexicon MPX 1 Multiple Processor
Natuzzi Black Leather Three-Seat Sleeper Sofa
Rare Issey Miyake Vintage Star Egg Crate Women's Coat, Made in Japan
Z. Otero Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Mont Blanc Black Leather Briefcase with Gold Bar, Made in Germany
Vintage Tom Ford And Jean Paul Gaultier Eyeglasses
Issey Miyake Egg Crate Purple Women's Jacket
Tiziana Redavid La Mollla Stainless Steel "Sparkling" Architect Necklace
Coach Hampton Black Signature Canvas Handbag
Hermès Paris Red Hot Air Balloon Silk Pocket Square
Issey Miyake Men's Navy Linen Blazer, Made in Japan
Bally of Switzerland Black Leather Briefcase
Hermès Leaf Silk Necktie, Pattern 7724 OA, Made in France
Ferragamo Studio Men's Brown Leather Loafers
Repogle Globes, Inc. Globe with Wood Stand
Excelsior Designs Steel-Mounted Rosewood Writing Table with Beech Side Chair
1917 Columbia Records Advent Poster
Custom Bouclé Upholstered Sofa by Sherwood Studios
Polo Ralph Lauren Men's Black Leather Jacket
Men's Giorgio Armani Tuxedo Shirts with Bow Tie and Suspenders
Tom Hawk Navajo Sterling Silver Cuff
Prada Slip On Walking Shoes
Carlos Nariño Watercolor on Paper "CN° 13 02 12H 30"
Excelsior Designs Rosewood and Steel Dining Table with Eight Beech Chairs
Nambe Teak Wood Bowls on Chrome Stand
Rhythm "Fiddler" Musical Wall Clock
Rebecca Collins "Bless Our Earth" Sterling Silver Carved Copal Necklace
Modernist Style Chrome Serving Bowl with Red Interior
Dale Dressin Black Wool Full-Length Wool Coat With Fox Fur Trimmed Hood
Boxy Calvin Klein Black Snakeskin Handbag
"The Sporting News" Volume 166, No. 14, October 19, 1968
Oliver Peoples Aviator Sunglasses With Case
King Cobra Golf Irons and Woods with Titleist Case
Polo by Ralph Lauren "Faxon" Low Sneakers
What are some of the highlights of the sale?
The furniture is just magnificent. I think the excelsior set is incredible, as is the black leather couch. There’s also some beautiful leather goods — Bally, Coach, Montblanc and Calvin Klein bags.
Are there any pieces from Slatkin’s career?
Yes! A full size viola, signed by members of the St. Louis Symphony orchestra, where Slatkin was the Music Director and Conductor Laureate from 1979-1996.
What kind of community has developed around WHOO?
We offer opportunities for service; our volunteers have put in hundreds of hours. The WHOO store has a homey feel: we always have music playing, and people come with their coffee to unwind and look at pretty things. It gives me great pleasure to see people find donated treasures and give them new life.