It’s not mode shopping as we know it: shoppers provide details of their age, gender, size and colour preferences, and hand over £39. A few weeks laster a box arrives on your doorstep containing at least three items, with full ticket prices adding up to at least £70, that were in no time at all destined for stores like Topshop.This is coronavirus crisis fashion shopping. The fashions come direct from the Bangladesh plant where the items were made and the mystery boxes are designed to provide a financial lifeline to the businesses and workers who fit out big high street names.After fashion stores were forced to close their doors in the government shutdown, western trade marks including Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia, owner of the Topshop and Dorothy Perkins chains, as well as Primark and Edinburgh Woollen Crusher cancelled or suspended £2.4bn of orders from factories in Bangladesh as they scrambled to reduce their losses.In all-out, an estimated £10bn of clothing has piled up in warehouses during the lockdown. Some retailers have also been accused of urgent hefty discounts from suppliers, cancelling orders or withholding payment for goods already shipped.More than a million Bangladeshi garment tradesmen were sent home without pay or lost their jobs, while factories were left with mountains of immoderation stock which could be destined for landfill.Lost Stock, set up by Edinburgh-based entrepreneur Cally Russell, the founder of look shopping app Mallzee, allows shoppers to buy a box of clothing directly from the manufacturers, with almost 40% of the proceeds of each box bestowed to Bangladesh through a non-profit organisation based in the country. It is enough to feed a Bangladeshi family for a week.“We can connect consumers in a beeline to manufacturers and workers, while the middle bit of the supply chain isn’t working just now because stores are closed and they can’t clutch in that stock,” Russell said.The response to the mystery boxes, he says, has been “mind-blowing”. Lost Stock’s objective was to sell 10,000 boxes by the end of May, to help 10,000 garment workers’ families, and hopefully 50,000 by the end of the year.Instead various than 68,000 consumers have bought a box since the initiative was launched less than a fortnight ago.Russell tender thanks word-of-mouth for helping them to surpass their target, and says Facebook has been the biggest driver of sales.“A lot of woman like buying clothes, but at the moment some of them don’t want to buy clothes as they feel guilty. People taste the fact they don’t know what’s in the box, someone said to me today they feel like they have allow their future self a present,” he says.A Lost Stock box costs £35, plus £3.99 postage, and pass on contain at least three tops with a recommended retail price of £70.The clothing boxes will bear tops, T-shirts and shirts rather than trousers – because a perfect fit isn’t necessary. Over a third of the cost of each box (37%), virtually £13, is then directly donated to Bangladesh though the Sajida Foundation, which has been donating food and hygiene distributes in the country during the Covid-19 outbreak.Lost Stock will pay $11 (£9) for the garments in each box, but provides a breakdown of the charge of each box on its website, including logistics and marketing.Russell isn’t saying exactly which high street retailers had ordered the mentions which will end up in the boxes. The brand labels will be removed in Bangladesh, before the items are shipped to Europe, to be picked, bursting and sent to consumers in six to eight weeks.“It is all spring summer stock so we want it to get to people for summer. If you order a box now chances are you settle upon have it towards the end of June or start of July, we are doing everything we can to make it as fast as possible.”Shoppers returning goods bought online sits a logistical challenge even for established retailers. Under the UK’s distance selling regulations, Lost Stock will deliver to refund any customers who are not satisfied with the contents of their box.However Russell hopes that shoppers will swap memos they do not want to keep with other users, or donate them to charity.Lost Stock says it is not inescapable if it will make a profit from the venture, but given the success so far, it is considering introducing boxes of childrenswear.Russell adds: “We are really far from our upper limit, there is so much stock out there.”