Swishing arrives in Dalston

SwishingSwishing: add it to your lexicon immediately. Not simply applicable to the rustle of skirts – you can also ‘rustle’ your friends’ clothes with your own. The formula is simple, bring unwanted clothes to a swishing party and take your pick from others’ cast-offs: after all, one person’s old t-shirt is another’s vintage stunner. Organise parties with friends, or raise money for charity.

It’s revolutionised founder Lucy Shea’s wardrobe to the extent that she’s vowed only to acquire clothes by swishing for a whole year. Her prediction for the future? ‘Twishing’, where swishers use the power of Twitter to exchange their wares. Yes, swishing is trending.

The next London event, No Sweat Shop, is taking place this Sunday (15th April) at Dalston’s Shacklewell Arms from 1pm. As well as swapping clothes, attendees will be invited to listen to a discussion on ‘clothing with a conscience’ by panel members Lyla Patel of TRAID, Nadia Idle of War on Want, and Anne Hesse of Here Today, Here Tomorrow. There will also be workshops on embroidering and knitting for those planning to make do and mend. For details of future swishing events or to book tickets (£3 per person) for the Dalston swap shop, visit swishing.com.

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