ReFashion: Glasgow’s Fashion Swap Shop

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I LOVE a clothes swap and I’ve made absolutely no secret of that here on the Log. What on earth could be better than taking clothes you’ve just about forgotten you owned and exchanging them for something more exciting for no money at all? Nothing. QUITE.

In light of this, you will not be surprised that the discovery of this latest Glasgow initiative nearly made me spill my tea I was so excited.

Refashion Glasgow is a new collective of Glasgow based ethical and sustainable fashion businesses who will be hosting a monthly clothes exchange. They launch the whole shinanigan THIS WEEKEND with a family orientated line-up of fun events on 27th and 28th July 2013 as part of this years Merchant City Festival.

Designers Aimee Kent and Niki Taylor (The Top Project) have joined forces with online ethical fashion retailer Victoria McQuillan of Think Boutique (you’ll have heard all about it HERE on the Log) to bring the fashion swap phenomenon to Glasgow and raise awareness of style-led ethical and sustainable clothing and shopping practices. Sounds EPIC.

To get involved simply take along three or more high quality items of clothing or accessories that are in great condition and refresh your wardrobe by swapping them with others. There will be swapping categories for female, male and children’s clothes and swappers will receive tokens dependent on the items they bring – high street, designer, children’s etc – which can then be put towards taking home items that they discover in the swap. Savvy shopping without putting a dent in your wallet or the environment!

Combined with the swapping event will be fun ethical and sustainable fashion activities for all the family. As if it wasn’t already sounding fabulous enough, there will be a kids corner to keep children entertained with fun hand-printing and crafting activities while the grown ups browse the swap. To celebrate the ‘One Year to Go’ milestone Aimee Kent has designed a one off ‘Commonwealth’ print inspired by her Kenyan heritage, the Commonwealth colours and her signature style. Aimee will demonstrate the printing process and give both adults and children a chance to get involved in printing their own items with this unique design.

The exclusive Commonwealth print will also be printed on a range of children’s and adult’s t-shirts, dresses and scarves that will be available to purchase on the day, profits from these sales will go back to Refashion Glasgow to help make the swap a regular event. Plus there will be a chance to browse the Think Boutique, Aimee Kent and Top Project Collections.

Sounds pretty great to me! Find them at Studio Arch 5, 5 Osborne Street, G1 5RB Glasgow, 27th-28th July 11-5pm and for more info check out their facebook page. See you there!