During February and March 2017, 350 north London residents attended our Swish and Style events which were held in each of the seven north London boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest).
What is a Swish and Style?
Swish and Style events are free events open to people who live, work or study in north London. They provide the opportunity for residents to save money through clothes repair, upcycling, or reuse. This also helps reduce textiles waste, which reduces our environmental impact because we aren’t buying and throwing away so many clothes. In particular, the events include:
- A clothing-swap (swishing): residents can bring along unused, good quality clothes and accessories to swap for other items, brought by other residents
- Repair and upcycling workshops: attendees can learn how to mend, or enhance their clothes to give them a new lease of life
What did we achieve?
A total of 352 people attended our 2017 events, bringing 2,303 items of clothing with them. These clothes weighed 687kg, which is the same weight as six fridge freezers! 1,664 items of clothing were taken away by attendees and 37 items were fixed or altered by the seamstress.
Any items left over from the events were donated to charities. Although we try to make sure all donated clothes are of good quality, if any unwearable items have been donated, we make sure they are recycled, so that they can be turned into something else, like car seat stuffing.
We’ll be holding more of these free events at the start of 2018; just keep an eye on this page, or our Events page, for more details.