A few weeks ago, the Ethical Writers Coalition and Zady hosted a Fall Style Swap, and it was a blast! The event was organized by yours truly and, despite some nervousness, it turned out to be quite a success. We hosted around 40 ladies (the perfect number) at Glasshouse Gallery in Williamsburg for some lively swapping, sustainable shopping and organic cocktails. The photos speak for themselves; it was an afternoon of style, great company and tons of fun!
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The swap was full of smiling faces and cool, secondhand clothing, just waiting to be taken to a new home. My favorite moment of the afternoon was when Sass Brown of Eco Fashion Talk picked up a great pair of boots, only to find that the woman who has previously owned them was taking home one of Sass' tops! Isn't it great when you find your style match? Personally, I scored a cozy sweater and a few sharp button-down tops at the swap. Friends left the event with bags stuffed full of great new finds, like leather skirts, plaid scarves and work-appropriate dresses. If you attended the swap, I'd love to see you wearing your finds!
In addition to the thrill of the actual swapping, attendees and EWC members got the chance to mingle and chat over organic cocktails made from Owl's Brew mixers and Stellar Organics sparkling wine. A little wine on a Saturday makes for great conversation and new friends! We enjoyed having Andrea of A. Bernadette sell her up-cycled, fair trade wares during cocktail hour, for both her awesome products and her engaging conversation. When done right, fashion can really bring people together, and this event proved it. We loved hosting you all and can't wait to see you again at our next event!
The EWC has hosted swaps in the past, and plans to host more events in the future, so be sure to get on our mailing list so that you can be the first to know. The Fall Style Swap was our first officially sponsored event, and we were happy to have ethical fashion e-tailer, Zady, as our major sponsor! This dedicated company is re-envisioning the future of fashion by creating apparel with the highest of standards and a completely transparent supply chain. Similar to what the slow food movement did to the food industry, Zady is doing this for the clothing industry. You won't regret learning more about how Zady is putting action to their words and setting a New Standard for the fashion industry.
As we wanted to promote brands that fully align with the EWC mission, we chose our swap sponsors specifically for their contributions to the sustainable fashion movement. In addition to Zady, we were supported by The True Cost, The Base Project, Susty Party and Owl's Brew. If you haven't yet seen The True Cost, I urge you to download this groundbreaking documentary that exposes the truth behind the fast fashion industry. We were happy to have The Base Project provide three bracelets for the winners of our Instagram contest post-swap as this company is dedicated to up-cycling and fair trade, in addition to stylish, stackable jewelry.
Everyone loves cocktails, so Owl's Brew and Susty Party were a must for our swap, as they should be for any of your future boozy get-togethers! Susty Party provided cute cups, straws and napkins that are made in Brooklyn by the deaf, and are compostable. Owl's Brew supplied organic, hand-brewed tea mixers that are perfect with sparkling wine or your favorite liquor. I know what I'm ordering for my next party!
I organized the Fall Style Swap as a member of the Ethical Writers Coalition, a group of journalists, writers, and bloggers who seek to support and further ethical and sustainable living online and in print. With members across the world, we support, share information with, give advice to, and collaborate on projects with each other and with brands and companies who share our vision in the fields of fashion, beauty, lifestyle, wellness, food, home, and music. We recognize that ethical and sustainable living is a journey, not a destination, and believe in collaboration, community, and making conscious choices. We are accepting new members; skilled creatives who share this vision please apply! I can personally attest to the wonderful support of this creative, passionate and incredibly caring community.
All photos courtesy of Alden Wicker and Elizabeth Stilwell.
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