The not-for-profit global movement Fashion Revolution has a presence in Luxembourg as well as in over 100 other countries. Ahead of Fashion Revolution Week, the Luxembourg group is organising a number of exciting events.

The organisation's Fashion Revolution Week takes place from 22 April to 28 April each year, revolving around 24 April, the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh.

The collapse in 2013 is known as the deadliest garment factory accident in history and raised questions of the impact and true cost of fast fashion. Fashion Revolution was born as a result of the tragedy and focuses on balancing a love for fashion with striving for more transparency and ethical practices in the fashion industry.

2019 marks the third year of Luxembourg's Fashion Revolution involvement and the upcoming Fashion Revolution week has an emphasis on the organisation's #whomademyclothes campaign.

The group's mission is to "unite people and organisations to work together towards radically changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed, so that our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way."

Fashion Revolution believes that the only way to transform the industry is to collaborate with everyone involved in producing, selling, and consuming fashion.

A particular issue that arises when it comes to attempting to act more sustainably and ethically in purchasing clothing is what to do with the clothes we already own. Granted, we may have purchased these clothes from fast fashion brands, but throwing those clothes away contributes to the fast fashion cycle.

As a result, clothes swapping events provide people with the opportunity to get rid of their own clothing and acquire new clothes without directly contributing to the vicious cycle of fast fashion. For those unfamiliar with clothes swaps, the idea is that you bring items you no longer want and in exchange for donating these pieces of clothing, you can then take the same amount of items that others have donated free of charge.

On 25 April, Fashion Revolution Luxembourg will host the Big Clothes Swap at De Gudde Wellen. Calling upon Marie Kondo's famous decluttering method, the organisation describes its clothes swap event as a perfect opportunity to let your neglected clothes spark joy in someone else's wardrobe (and vice versa).

© Fashion Revolution Luxembourg

When and where - the practical details

The actual Clothes Swap event kicks off at 6pm at De Gudde Wellen and ends at 10.30pm. However, for those planning on donating items, you should aim to drop by a bit earlier. To donate clothes, arrive at De Gudde Wellen between 12pm and 5pm in order to allow the organisers to arrange clothing ahead of the event.

Items should be in a good condition and the event will mainly focus on men and women's clothing. As all leftover clothes will be donated to the Red Cross Luxembourg the next day, anybody hoping to simply donate clothes instead of swap can bring a bag to put to the side for the Red Cross.

Finally, if you haven't got anything to swap, you can still go along to the event for the fun and to ask #whomademyclothes.

© Fashion Revolution Luxembourg

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