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Renew: A conversation on Sustainable fashion + swap

  • The Spoke Club 600 King Street West Toronto, ON, M5V 1M3 Canada (map)

Join us December 4th for a conversation on the growing sustainable fashion industry, and what these changes mean for the industry as a whole. We will be hosting several leading local sustainable Toronto brands and organizations for a panel discussion about their work and how we as a collective community can reduce our environmental impact when it comes to our closets.

Following the panel, Fashion Takes Action will be hosting a clothing swap where attendees will have the opportunity to exchange their own gently used clothes for other pieces brought into the swap. We will also be adding some new pieces from sustainable clothing brands into the swap as well (contributing brands to be announced shortly).

Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Model Alliance, a US charity working to advance labour rights for all vulnerable workers in the fashion industry.

Panel to start at 6pm & swap at 7pm.

How Does It Work?

Find quality and stylish items in your closet that you’re ready to part with. Be sure to check they are in good condition (not stained or torn), washed (no pet hair or odours) and presentable (creases ok, but not completely wrinkled).

Bring the pieces to the event. If you are attending the panel, you will be able to drop off the clothing before the panel begins. If you are only attending the swap, you can drop off your pieces when you check in at the event.

Purchase your ticket here on eventbrite ($15 - $20 in advance), No need to print your ticket as we will have a guest list with your name on it.

Come to 600 King Street West (fourth floor) on Tuesday December 4th anytime between 6pm - 7pm to attend the panel discussion and drop off your clothing. Swap will begin at 7pm.

Swap Rules

Limit of 20 items max. All un-swapped items will be donated to a charity recycler.

Each item of clothing accepted into the swap gets you 1 token to use toward a new-to-you item.
Please stick only to quality pieces, including: clothing, bags, hats, scarves, belts and shoes. We will NOT accept jewellery or hair accessories. Swimwear, yoga/workout wear and lingerie are also NOT accepted into the swap.

No kids clothing. Only adult sizing. Menswear is welcome!

We have the right to refuse any item.

All tokens are non refundable! Try and use them all, but you can feel good knowing all leftover items are being recycled.

If you run out of tokens you can purchase tokens for $2 each or 3 for $5

Other Details
Drinks (wine & beer) will be available for purchase.

Change room and mirror will be provided to try on items.

About Fashion Takes Action:

Fashion Takes Action is Canada's premier not for profit organization that is devoted to the social and environmental impacts of the fashion industry. Our mission is to advance sustainability throughout the entire fashion system (both industry and consumers) through education, awareness and collaboration.

For the past 10 years FTA has worked with more than 400 apparel businesses and entrepreneurs, collaborated with global sustainable fashion organizations and worked with fashion schools and academics. We are a members based organization, servicing small independent designers through to multi-national brands. We believe perfection doesn't exist but that it will one day be achievable. In the meantime, we celebrate all the changes - big and small - that are helping our industry become more innovative and progressive, and more respectful of the planet and people who make our clothes!

About the Model Alliance:

The Model Alliance promotes fair treatment, equal opportunity, and sustainable practices in the fashion industry, from the runway to the factory floor. By assisting models and other stakeholders in understanding the laws applicable to them, and by encouraging them to have a voice in their work, the Model Alliance identifies common areas of concern in the fashion industry, conducts strategic research with leading research institutions to inform policy initiatives, and educates the industry and the public about our core issues. Recently, the Model Alliance introduced the RESPECT Program, a global, industry-wide initiative to create a safe, inclusive and accountable work environment for models and their colleagues.