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Swish and Style

Tired of your t-shirts? Wish you had some different dresses? People who live, work or study in north London (boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest) are invited to save money by bringing along unwanted (but wearable) clothes to our Swish and Style event and go home with a new-to-you outfit, all for free!

It’s simple. Have a clear out and bring good quality clothes to one of our seven events. For each item you bring, you get a token that you can exchange for another garment (maximum 10 items). Everything is free, everything is clean and everything will be re-worn and re-loved.

How it works

For the first hour, everyone is invited to drop off their clothes, shoes and accessories that they want to donate. Whilst we busily sort them into style and hang them on hangers, you’ll be free to check out the workshops – learning how to do simple fixes to your clothes and how to upcycle them into something completely different – a jumper becomes a hot water bottle cover, a treasured Babygro becomes a patchwork memory blanket and an old t-shirt becomes a bag.

During the final hour, you get to look through all the clothes and choose what you want. If you love it, take it. It’s first come, first served – but please only take items you’re sure you will wear.

What can you bring?

Please bring along:

  • Clean and wearable clothes, shoes and accessories
  • No damage, holes and stains
  • You can bring women’s, men’s, children’s and baby clothes
  • No underwear please, unless in sealed, unworn condition

Anything that we deem unacceptable will be given back to you and you will not be given a token. We have the right to turn away any item.

Please note only adults will be allowed at events. Parents with children under the age of 12 can bring them but they must remain under the parents' supervision at all times.

Where is my nearest Swish?

Please note that these events are open only to people who live, work or study in north London.

Saturday 25th February 12.30 – 3pm Parish Centre, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George Church, 45 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS
Sunday 26th February 11.30 – 2pm Main Hall, Kingsgate Community Centre, 107 Kingsgate Road, Camden, NW6 2JH
Sunday 5th March 12.30 – 3pm Creation Space, Artdepot, 5 Nether Street, North Finchley, Barnet, N12 0GA
Saturday 11th March 12.30 – 3pm Leytonstone United Free Church, 55 Wallwood Road, Waltham Forest, E11 1AY 
Sunday 12th March 12.30 – 3pm Johnston Hall, St Marys, Upper Street, Islington, N1 2TX 
Saturday 25th March 12.30 – 3pm The Brewhouse, 369-370 Helmsley Place, Hackney, E8 3SB 
Sunday 26th March 12.30 - 3pm Studio 5, Jackson Lane, 269A Archway Road, Haringey, N6 5AA

What happens to the items left over at the end?

We will be running seven of these events across North London. Any items left over from one Swish and Style will be taken to the next. At the end of the last event, we will donate these items to the Salvation Army to sell in their charity shops. Any unwearable items that have somehow snuck in will be recycled and turned into things like car seat stuffing.