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Swish and Style

 

Come and take part in a giant clothes swap! You can also learn a variety of repair or upcycling skills to give new life to imperfect clothes.

 

Research shows you’re likely to have at least six items in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn for a year. So what are you waiting for? Dig them out and swap them for something you will wear!

Working with OLGA we are excited to be delivering a series of Swish and Style events so that you can bring items you no longer wear and swap them for clothes that are new to you.

As well as being able to find new wardrobe gems, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops covering upcycling and mending skills, such as boro and decorative darning.

What’s more, the events are free to attend.

By swapping clothes instead of buying new, we can avoid contributing to the negative cycle of fast fashion, have a positive impact on the environment, get a great deal, and maybe find something completely unique that you won’t see anybody else wearing.

 

 

 

What is Swishing?

 

A swishing party is like shopping - for free!

 

You bring clean, undamaged clothes that have been lurking at the back of your wardrobe and swap them for tokens. You can use your tokens to swap for other clothes from the selection available. Lots of other people will be doing the same, so you’ll have plenty to choose from. You might bring a jumper and a pair of shoes and you could leave with a coat and a hat.

 

 

 

So what’s the ‘style’ part about?  

 

At our Swish and Style events, you can take part in workshops centred around clothing repair and alteration. Depending on which event you attend, this could be upcycling, fundamental skills like hemming and buttons, Japanese approaches such as boro and sashiko (decorative darning techniques), screen printing and more.

 

Where and when can I find a Swish and Style event? 

 

14 Swish and Style events will take place from December 2019 to March 2020 in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest. Events are open to people living, working or studying in any of the north London boroughs mentioned above.

 

What will I do on the day?

 

1.    Exchange your clothes for tokens

2.    Browse the ‘swishing rails’ to find unique pieces

3.    Exchange your tokens to exchange for your selected pieces

4.    Take part in the workshop, if you wish to do so

 

Events will last for three hours – but you don’t need to stay for the duration. Do get there early as admission is on a first-come-first-served basis. You may be required to queue for a short time while clothing is exchanged for tokens.

 

Before attending an event, please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Participation, which includes what to expect on the day along with health and safety and data protection requirements.

 

We will accept the following items:

 

·       Clean and wearable women’s, men’s, children’s and baby clothes

·       Clean and undamaged shoes and accessories like hats, scarves and gloves

 

Please don’t bring any of the following:

 

·       Damaged clothes, with holes or stains

·       Jewellery

·       Underwear, bath towels, bedding (unless unworn/unused in original sealed packaging)

·       Swimwear

·       Stockings, tights and leggings

 

Date 

Borough

Venue 

Time of Event 

Venue Address 

Workshop 

Facebook events page

Eventbrite registration page

Dec 14, 2019 

Barnet 

Artsdepot

1pm - 4pm

5 Nether St, North Finchley, London N12 0GA

Fast Fashion Therapy - upcycling, basic mending and boro

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

Jan 8, 2020

Camden 

Dragon Hall

6pm - 9pm

Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust, 17, Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LT

Workshop TBC

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

Jan 11, 2020 

Hackney 

Round Chapel Schoolrooms

3pm - 6pm

1D Glenarm Rd, Clapton, London E5 0LY

Amber Joy - Natural Dyeing

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

 

Jan 18, 2020

Enfield 

St Mary Magdalene Church Hall

2pm - 5pm

Windmill Hill, Enfield, EN2 7AJ

Workshop TBC

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

 

Jan 23, 2020

Haringey 

Salisbury Hotel

6:30pm - 9:30pm

1, Grand Parade, Green Lanes, London N4 1JX

Workshop TBC

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

Feb 2, 2020

Islington 

St Mary's Community Partnership

2pm - 5pm

Upper St, The Angel, London N1 2TX

Fast Fashion Therapy - Upcycling, basic mending and boro

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

Feb 6, 2020

Waltham Forest 

Today Bread/Central Parade Co-working

6.30 pm -9.30pm

6-10 Central Parade, 137 Hoe Street, Walthamstow E17 4RT

Anna Alcock - Screen Printing

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

Feb 15, 2020

Barnet 

Artsdepot

1pm - 4pm

5 Nether St, North Finchley, London N12 0GA

Amber Joy - Natural Dyeing

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

 

Feb 22, 2020

Enfield 

St Mary Magdalene Church Hall

2pm - 5pm

Windmill Hill, Enfield, EN2 7AJ

Fast Fashion Therapy - upcycling, basic mending and boro

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

Feb 29, 2020 

Camden 

Lauderdale House

1pm - 4pm

Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG

Fast Fashion Therapy - upcycling, basic mending and boro

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

 

Mar 5, 2020

Haringey 

Salisbury Hotel

6:30pm - 9:30pm

1, Grand Parade, Green Lanes, London N4 1JX

Fast Fashion Therapy - upcycling, basic mending and boro

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

 

March 14, 2020 

Hackney 

Abney Public Hall

1pm - 4pm

73A Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AS

Fast Fashion Therapy - upcycling, basic mending and boro

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

 

Mar 21, 2020

Islington 

Lift

1pm - 4pm

Lift 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW

Moody Bright Designs - Upcycling with Embroidery

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

March 28, 2020 

Waltham Forest 

St. John's Music Hall 

2pm - 5pm

High Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 1HH

Fast Fashion Therapy - upcycling, basic mending and boro

Join Facebook event here

Register on Eventbrite here

 

What happens to the items left over at the end?

We will be running two events in each north London borough. Leftover items from events will either be taken to the next event, donated to a homeless charity, or donated to TRAID. If there are unwearable items that have been left, then these will be recycled end turned into things like car seat stuffing.

 

Want to take part? 

Get in touch if you are interested in your venue being used, working at one of the events, or running a workshop. Email: wastepreventionteam@nlwa.gov.uk