Finding creative ways to make clothes last longer.

On 26th November 2014 we hosted our first Refashion Day at Makerversity, Somerset House, in collaboration with The Northbank Business Improvement District (BID). 

Why? We think its crazy that the UK throws out almost 1 million tonnes of textiles every year. Refashion Day encourages people to rescue the wallflowers from their wardrobes and give their clothes a second chance.

On the day we were joined by 80 people to make, mend, be creative and meet new people.

The Good Wardrobe Sew it Forward sessions showed people how to give their garments a new lease of life; sharing sewing, knitting and mending skills.

‘Great atmosphere, great workshops, great food’.

Orsola de Castro, co-founder of Esthetica, From Somewhere and Fashion Revolution, took us on an inspiring whistle-stop tour of upcycling in the fashion industry. Orsola shared stunning designs created using waste material that she has rescued from factories for collections in Topshop and Speedo. We also got an insight into how she supports and mentors brilliant, young and aspiring designers, including Christopher Raeburn.

“Stories are woven into fabric and fashion needs references – upcycling provides these deep cultural references.” - Orsola.

In the evening, battered unwanted jumpers were lovingly transformed into cosy bobble hats in a workshop led by TRAID. A Alicia taught us how to make unique colourful necklaces from beautifully wrapping wooden beans with wool, all ethically-sourced. Delicious food was provided by notWasted, all from surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

‘Very enjoyable and great for Christmas gifts’.

Everyone went home from the evening with a goody bag with contributions from By Hand London, Divine Chocolate and People Tree, and all proceeds from the day went to The Connection Homeless Charity.

‘It would be great to have similar events in the future’... well fortunately there will be! We’re planning many more events like this in the future. Stay tuned, join us here. 

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