Ecover Shoreditch Swish

Swishing at Shoreditch House

I was lucky enough to be invited to the exclusive Ecover Shoreditch Swish at Shoreditch House on Monday. Hosted by ethical fashion designer Ada Zanditon and GMTV stylist Mark Heyes, the event involved three of my favourite things – shopping, champagne and chatting to like minded people. If you aren’t aware of the phenomenon of swishing, it is simply a clothes swapping party. I went along with a bag full of pre-loved clothes and accessories to donate and in return received tokens to ‘spend’ on other people’s pre-loved clothes. As a bonus at this particular swish very generous brands had donated new clothes to the event, so along with some nearly new Office heels and a vintage jacket, I left with some brand new Monkee Genes and gorgeous bodycon black ASOS dress. What’s more, celebrities including the likes of Lorraine Kelly and Caggie Dunlop donated clothing from their own wardrobes to the event.

Swishing is fun and free, it allows you to swap clothes you don’t wear for clothes you will wear. Why not organise your own swishing event?

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Exchange and Shop for Pre-Loved Fashion at Bang Bang Clothing Exchange

Bang Bang Clothing Exchange in London has a simple but effective model. They buy clothing and accessories from people who no longer want them and sell them on to people who do. They have been trading for more than 12 years and have two shops – one on Goodge Street and one on Berwick Street. I discovered them on Goodge Street by chance a few years ago whilst hunting down a Nandos, and immediately fell in love with the place.

Bang Bang is like the best bits of a vintage store and charity shop combined. Because they deal with any good quality second-hand clothing they have everything from Topshop to vintage Chanel. I’ve bought a handful of items from them in the past, my favourite being a pair of navy velvet Twenty8Twelve knickerbockers!

The shop is crammed full of beautiful things at sensible prices. Every time I look in a place like this I wonder why I ever bother buying new at all, with so many lovely things waiting to be re-homed. If you have some pieces that you no longer wear, Bang Bang makes it super easy to sell them on. Just take your pre-loved clothes into one of their shops and the staff will decide there and then what they want to buy off you. Their cash offer is typically 25-30% of their selling price; otherwise you could take the exchange offer (typically 45-50% of the selling price). For more information check out their website

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