As I stood in the hallway shouting thank yous and instructions to thirty women, I could feel the tension in the air. We were at vintage e-tailer Mode Marteau's Studio for the Ethical Writers Coalition's first fashion swap. Fashion and sustainability industry leaders and enthusiasts, as well as friends had been invited. Each of them had brought quality clothing, shoes, and accessories they no longer wanted and were motivated to get something amazing to take home. They had seen the goods and were ready to get in there. Promptly at 4pm, we let them in and the melee began!
I loved seeing all of the women help, advise, and photograph their friends and new acquaintances. I loved hearing shouts like, "Have you seen this? It would look great on you!" It was a a humid, messy bonding experience and I'm so glad we orchestrated it. Part of the day included an Instagram contest for a gorgeous pair of earrings from Barbara Michele Jacobs and a gift bag of sustainable items from Magpie New York. Eco-party supplier, Susty Party, provided cups, napkins, and straws for our Stellar Organics Fair Trade Wine.
There were so many fabulous women in attendance and their enthusiasm and happiness spread throughout the room. It's uplifting to get rid of possessions that no longer add value to your life, and it's always thrilling to get something for free. Attendees also got a swag bag full of sustainable goodies that were handpicked by the Ethical Writers Co. members. I want to give a big thank you to the brands who not only create clean and healthy products, but are so generous to us: ABC Home provided the bag for the goods from Dr. Hauschka, Forager Botanicals, Juice Beauty, John Masters Organics, Kahina Giving Beauty, Lurk Beauty, Meow Meow Tweet, Osmia Organics, and Weleda. In addition attendees receive a coupon to try Impact Hub, a green co-working space in TriBeCa, free for a week.
If you find your jealousy kicking in, you can check out the products for yourself by clicking on the images below.
We collected $5 from attendees to go to the Clean Clothes Campaign, an organization that educates consumers, lobbies companies, and offers support to garment workers as they fight for their rights and demand better working conditions. All of the excess textiles (not that there was much left!) were donated to Modavanti's Modacycle Program and the shoes and accessories went to Housing Works.
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