The sun is shining and flowers are finally blooming in New York, and that means Spring cleaning is in full swing. But wait - don’t toss the contents of your closet just yet! Instead, grab a ticket to the EWC’s Spring Swap and get ready for some fashion & fun.
Ladies & Gents, we invite you to come and swap your pre-loved Spring items with those of your fellow, super-stylish New Yorkers. Secondhand treasures are just waiting to be found, and best of all, by swapping before shopping, you help reduce the impact of textile waste as well as the demand for new materials, all without sacrificing an ounce of style! Thanks to our partners at Fashion Hope, all unclaimed items at the end of the swap will be donated to a safe-house in Brooklyn for women in need of interview-appropriate clothing.
Ethical shopping destinations, A. Bernadette and IMBY will be selling goods at the event while we sip on cocktails made with Owl's Brew organic tea mixers. The first 30 guests to purchase tickets will take home a goody bag stuffed full of discounts from ethical brands like StyleLend, Orange Harp, and Zady.
On Saturday, May 14th, drop off your gently-used items at 1pm, grab an organic cocktail, socialize and shop with us before the swapping officially begins at 2pm!
This volunteer-run organization serves as a catalyst to build awareness and empower women through sustainable fashion and media projects. They aim to educate and inform about human trafficking and labour issues within the fashion industry.
Founded in 2013 after a wildly successful swap in Copenhagen, Global Fashion Exchange is perhaps the largest scale clothing swap in the world. This organization travels around the world to host swaps in the name of empowering consumers to take actions for a better environment while they renew their wardrobes. Their mission is to promote sustainable consumption patterns, such as reusing and recycling, around the globe.
Owls Brew was founded by Jennie Ripps and Maria Littlefield, two tea-drinking boozers (always in moderation) on a quest for a sipper that was lighter, fresher, and funner than the regular bar-fare. Owl’s Brew is fresh brewed in Vermont from all-natural whole tea leaves, fruits, spices and herbs with no added or artificial flavors.
Set to launch early next year, Givrr will be a groundbreaking peer-to-peer donation marketplace to revolutionize shopping. The app will match secondhand clothing donors - aka you at spring cleaning - with thrifters who share a common size and style. Givrr is the monthly style box that goes easy on your wallet while keeping secondhand clothing out of the landfill.
Founded by sister duo, Amberle and Andrea, A. Bernadette works with fair-trade groups in Uganda to create products from recycled materials and traditional techniques. The sisters travel to Uganda to work one-on-one with the women producing their goods, teaching them new designs and figuring out sourcing issues together. The line combines African techniques with American style and aims to promote ethical business as a way of creating more prosperity, connectivity, and happiness in the world.
Founded by necessary troublemaker, Sara Weinreb, IMBY sells clothing for the minimalist, conscious consumer. IMBY focuses on three main things - American-made clothing, a curated capsule wardrobe, and accessible prices. Every item at IMBY is under $200, made ethically and locally to the USA, versatile enough for a woman on the go, and meets a standard of high quality.