The following article has been published in the Farnham Herald today, dated 27th February 2009:
“Just when you thought Transition Town Farnham was all about muddy wellies and garden sharing, it has launched its latest project — a clothes swapping party
In conjunction with eco-boutique Purity and Hindhead resident and celebrity stylist Chantelle Znideric, Transition Town Farnham will host a clothes swap party at Purity in Downing Street next Thursday (March 5) between 6pm 5:30pm and 8pm.
A recent BBC2 programme with 60s icon Twiggy highlighted that clothes swap parties are taking the country by storm.
It works like this: you take along one to three items of clothing that are in good condition and these are put on the rails. Everyone gets a chance to view and try on the clothes they like the look of and then the swap starts and home you go with some new clothes.
Elstead-based fashion designer Eloise Grey, who is part of Transition Town Farnham, said: “We’ve got people working on the garden share project and as a designer it was natural for me to look at clothing. I put out a few feelers and after meeting Paula and Chantelle we came up with this idea. Hopefully it will be the first of many and we are open to new ideas. I want to do things that are sustainable, but especially to make it a good laugh rather than some kind of sacrifice.
“People are getting uncomfortable of the current habit of buying lots of cheap clothes that then get thrown out every year, only to be replaced with another batch. This way people can get a new wardrobe for virtually nothing.”
“Clothes swapping is a new trend,” added stylist Chantelle. “People think styling is all about buying lots of new clothes. It’s not that at all, it’s about using what you’ve got and making it look good in a way that suits you. That’s why my wardrobe styling consultations are becoming increasingly popular.”
Chantelle will be at the clothes swap to give people some tips and help them decide what looks good.
Paula Beaumont, owner of Purity who will host the swap, said: “I just want to get people together so we can have a good time. I’ve got this great space on the first floor of my shop — it was perfect. We’re starting with general ladies wear but I’d like to do a kids’ clothes swap party next.”
Boutique charity shop Liberty’s in East Street is also involved and all entry proceeds will go to the Liberty Foundation in Farnham, which helps children in Belize.
Entry to the part is £5. Spaces are limited so do book with Eloise or Paula. To find out more contact Eloise at contact [at] eloisegrey [dot] com or Paula on 01252 820055. You can also read more at the Transition Town Farnham website transitionfarnham.wordpress.com.