On Sunday 30th January, The Clothing Exchange combined forces with the eclectic Rose Street Market in the iconic Fitzroy district.
With the sun shining strong, we had a group of lovely ladies come down and swap to their hearts content! The market made for a colorful background whilst swapping anything from frocks, cardigans, nice knits to a colourful array of accessories. Whilst the market displayed the work of up to 40 artists and designers.
Kate Luckins the founder of The Clothing Exchange reflected on the first event at the Rose St summer series in December, “the garment donations were incredible, with more vintage treasures and a fantastic jumpsuit that was happily claimed by local designer Gwendolynne Burkin”.
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With National Swap Day around the corner we are seeking Volunteers for all the states (Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and most importantly Brisbane). If you love clothes, being sustainable and are happy to spare a few hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We recently held a swapping event with a difference down in Melbourne. Held at the iconic BMW Edge, Federation Square. The theme of the night was “Swap your frock.” We also had Leeyong hosting a crafter table With great coverage thanks to Triple J and City Weekly, we had a great turn out. Some lovely dresses were swapped, check out the photos below:
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With Spring upon us and the days becoming warmer, it’s time to clear out our wardrobes of all those closeted frocks! With the theme being “Swap you frock” inspired by the Spring Racing Season.
Accessories workshop: We are having designer Leeyong Soo come down to host an accessories workshop for you during check-in. There you will be able to make brooches and all sorts of fun accessories whilst the swap is being setup. Please also check out her blog to learn about her lovely crafting skills!
Where: BMW Edge, Federation Square
When: Friday Sep 10th- 6.30pm Check-in
Bring: 6 garments or accessories that are of value but you no longer wear.
Tickets: Entry is $25 which includes the accessories workship. Please visit our website to book your ticket.
Look forward to seeing you down there!
The lovely Leeyong will be hosting an accessories workshop for us at our September 10th swap in Melbourne. Here is her story:
I’m not sure where I got my passion for fashion as neither of my parents are particularly interested in what they wear, but one thing I did get from them is a love of thriftiness and making things out of stuff that other people would throw out. As a child I often stitched scraps of material and bits of ribbon into clothes for my toys, and I still hoard things because I know I’ll use them some day – recently I revamped a jacket that I made as a trial piece for my year 12 formal … which was 18 years ago!
I never studied fashion formally, but a year after graduating uni I went to live in Japan and started working at Japanese Vogue. Living and working in one of the epicentres of the fashion industry, I often lusted after looks from luxury labels, but my thrifty nature reigned me in and I started cruising flea markets and op shops to buy second hand kimono and obi which I transform into dresses for my label Fourth Daughter. Every piece is unique and requires a lot of work, as the garments have to be taken apart, washed and checked for holes and stains, but I love making a contemporary garment from something that otherwise would be difficult to wear – if you’ve ever tried on a kimono and all its accoutrements, you’ll know that they are far from practical in everyday life!
Now living in Melbourne again, I try to wear and promote “green” fashion in all its guises – I ran a fashion show for Fair Trade Fortnight in 2008 and have another one on the way for this December’s Fair@Square festival http://www.moralfairground.com.au/fairsquare.html , I buy most of my clothes and shoes from op shops or make/remake them myself (you can check some of them out on my blog http://stylewilderness.blogspot.com/, I create and write for Peppermint magazine http://www.peppermintmag.com/ and of course I also take part in events for The Clothing Exchange!