Theme: MAKE DO AND MEND
Very happy to announce that our theme this month is all about making and repairng. In line with our theme of sustainability, reducing waste, and great quality, we have two fabulous speakers to join us. As we kick off the swap at 14:00, we invite entrepreneurs, small biz owners or influencers who share our swap values and have great stories as well as services we want to spread to talk about what they do and how they contribute to our community and how we can contribute to them.
Two very special guests at our next swap- More details on FB event above! Come join us, just click going. Not on Facebook? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list.
FIRST – Tokyo’s premier international tailor (who made my stunning green silk ball gown, made to measure cushion covers and my friend’s wedding dress) Melanie Uematsu, a German fashion designer living in Tokyo. She not only tailors, repairs and alters, she also runs sewing classes to share with people, people the dying art of sewing and tailoring.
“Hi everyone, this is Melanie Uematsu. I opened my atelier in 2011 and have welcomed a wonderful international clientele of women and men from over 50 countries until now. We worked together on their individual ideas for garments, evening wear, bridal dresses, costumes and accessories. Please get in touch if you are interested to join my classes or would like your clothes tailor-made”.
Melanie has spoken at FEW on dressing for your body, on the fashion panel and also on small biz. Be sure to talk to her about what she can offer you.
SECOND we welcome all the way from Australia, Sara Koller! Sara is like a magical wizard of on-the-spot mending. For a small payment (watch this space – will be competitive with you local repair shop) you can get your stuff fixed on the spot at the swap – so to be sure to bring any little bits and pieces you just haven’t been bothered to take around to the reform place yet!
SMS – SARA’S MENDING SERVICE
Sara’s Mending Service – roving with a cheerful and environmentally conscious approach to mending tears, sewing on buttons, and running garment repairs.
Sara will be at the next Mega Clothes Swap to provide clothing repairs to those items you are bringing to swap, or taking away as part of your new wardrobe!
Dressed in an interactive Boro coat (BORO = Japanese for rags, patched clothing, highly regarded in field of textile art) constructed of patched vintage kimono textiles, and drawing on multicultural folk traditions of handcrafts and quilting, Sara carries/wears all the items necessary to maintain, care, salvage, repurpose and repair items of clothing on the spot. For a small fee of 500 yen, she will replace and sew on buttons, mend small tears, patch holes and give advice about future repairs to any garment you want to bring to her during the upcoming Mega Clothes Swap in Tokyo.
Travelling from Australia especially for this event, Sara represents the opposite side of today’s prevailing consumer society and offers the optimistic experience of intimacy, giving and to make repairs to garments that might otherwise be discarded.
HOW COOL IS THAT!?! I have goosebumps all over my body as I write this.
SMS – ****Sara’s Mending Service promotes positive social change through human connection and the values of sustainability****. Every person who interacts with SMS will walk away repaired!
In March 2018 we had our 8th swap, finishing up 2 years of swaps helping the women of Tokyo with sustainable shopping, raising money for charities and hearing from some lovely women of Tokyo and surrounds.
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We were featured in the Tokyo Weekender’s People, Places and Parties Society Guide back in May 2017:
A year into the swaps I wrote about them here and what we had learnt, what we had done and where we were going. A year later they have grown even more and with the proceeds we have managed to send over 100,000yen to Resilience (A NPO that supports women who have left violent relationships and have nowhere to go. They often have no work clothes for interviews so Resilience runs a free shop for professional clothes and some of our clothes from the swaps go there).
But also, another charitable cause close to my heart – we recently raised 95,000 for Matthew Dons, a father trying to raise money for cancer treatment so that he can spend more time with his family. He writes more about his experience here.
We have been luck to have some fabulous ladies speak to us at the events- each of them volunteering their time and expertise to share with swappers.
Sachi of Resilience,Tokyo Stylist Corin , Tokyo Musician Sorcha Chisholm, Style Curator Mary Fidler, Resilience supporter & coach Jennifer Shinkai, Maud Janssen from House of Colour, Sheila Cliffe Kimono lover, Abi from Abi’s Journal, Angela Ortiz from H&M, and NGO Consultant Sarajean Rossitto.
Clothes swaps are immense fun. They are social, good for the environment, sustainable events and I have received some of my favorite pieces from clothing swaps.
Over the years I have refined my process:
Never take anything you don’t love.
Try before you buy.
Get a second opinion.
From someone honest. Really honest. Brutally honest.
Allow yourself one impulse purchase.
Have an idea of one thing you would love to find before you get there.
When you’re there, recommend things to other people that you think would suit them.
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