Alternatives to Black Friday
At Antiform we stand up against joining the Black Friday mayhem because we believe this type of mindless consumption is not part of the future we want. All of the products we consume, whether that is a mobile phone or a party dress, represent a significant amount of materials resources and embodied water and energy. This is perhaps not what we think about as our new things are rung through the checkout, and it is certainly not something at the forefront of discussion on Black Friday.
We are not saying that no-one should enjoy clothes or fashion, never have something ‘new’ – but there are alternative ways to achieved this that don’t rely on buying more and more new items each and every time. This might include loving what we already own more, and reinventing or repurposing that which we don’t; Restyling clothes from last year or last decade (as well as reinventing heritage skills) to make them relevant today; Swapping and sharing pieces so we can enjoy a collective wardrobe.
So here are our top recommendations for an alternative to Black Friday… have fun and let us know what we’ve missed!
Swishing: ‘To rustle clothes from friends’. It’s easy to see how Black Friday is so tempting, especially in the fashion world – the feeling of having new clothes is fabulous. So imagine having great new stuff and parting with only a tiny amount of money (or even no money) whilst also avoiding any new resources being used?
Swishing or clothes-swapping is shopping without the hangovers. Everyone brings their unwanted clothes in good nick – and others fall in love with them and give them a good home!
Leeds Community Clothes Exchange
This weekend you can head down to the last Leeds Community Clothes Exchange of the year – they are even specialising in party dresses this month!
28 Nov 2015 //12pm // Oblong Leeds
Or if you’re in London check out:
Hounslow Library Swish
28 Nov 2015 // 11am // Hounslow Library, Treaty Centre TW3 1ES
East London Fashion Exchange
28 Nov 2015 // 1pm // The Red Lion, 640 High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 3AA
You could even arrange your own swapping party over a glass of wine and exchange unloved clothes with friends or colleagues. For more info on how to organise one, visit swishing.com
Mending & Restyling
Perhaps some of the pieces in your wardrobe just need a bit of a nip and tuck to fit and look right. Or maybe even a more ambitious restyle?
Kate and I have just made a series of restyling videos for Love Your Clothes, who have got a great platform for ideas – check out their guides to altering, dyeing and personalising clothes.
What about the amazing knitwear you bought last year – is it looking a bit tired, bobbly and even maybe suffering from a few moth holes? Before you rush out and buy a replacement how about learning how to bring it back to its former glory? These events will show you how;
Buy Secondhand First
If you do really need something how about looking for it second hand things before sourcing them new? This week Traid have been running a national campaign #SecondHandFirst to get us thinking about how much we would commit to buying second hand. Fashion blogger Susie Bubble has jumped in at the deep end and pledged to buy second hand if she can! So take Susie’s lead and have a look at all the amazing offerings of vintage and second hand clothes in stores around the country (for our list of the best second hand shops in Bristol check out our recent post!)
We would also recommend Traid’s stores across London for well-edited collections of second hand clothes.
We hope this post will inspire you to think differently about how you can still enjoy ‘new clothes’ without consuming more! Happy Secondhand First Week!