Swish for Charity

January 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

Jenna Gregory (right) and Rechenda Smith founders of the Mrs Swishing Clothes Swap

Fashion lovers in Colchester will be able to recycle treasured items of clothing whilst contributing to a good cause after two entrepreneurs pledged to donate profits from a new sustainable clothes swapping event to local homeless charity Emmaus.

Jenna Gregory, 25 from New Town in Colchester and Rechenda Smith, 28 from Ipswich, will be running the first clothes-swapping or ‘swishing’ event for their fledging fashion business, Mrs Swishing at Wivenhoe Cricket Club on Sunday 15 January 2012.

Swishing, which involves people bringing along good-quality items of clothing and exchanging them, has become one of the most popular ways of shopping; even being taken up by the likes of Twiggy who ran a frock exchange on the BBC.

Jenna said: “Swishing is one of the best ways of getting a whole new wardrobe at a recession-busting low cost. The event will be a great way of spending your Sunday afternoon getting a new wardrobe, whilst enjoying a drink at the bar, a nice cup of brew and a cake. A manicurist and hair stylist will also be available for drop-in appointments.”

Fashionistas can bring up to ten items of your high street branded, vintage or high-end labelled clothes, shoes and accessories and take up to ten items home with them at the swap.

Rechenda added: “The Mrs Swishing Clothes Swap will also be donating 20 per cent of the proceeds to Emmaus, so it has a strong charitable ethos too. We wanted to support Emmaus because I have recently helped launch an Emmaus project in Ipswich so it is very close to my heart. Emmaus have also been working in Colchester for many years supporting homeless people back into independent living and we are pleased to be able to support this worthy cause.”

The Mrs Swishing Clothes Swap will be held at Wivenhoe Cricket Club, Rectory Road on Sunday 15th January, between 1-4 pm. Attendees must drop their clothes off between 9am until 12.30pm. Tickets are priced at £7 in advance or £10 on the door. For tickets and enquiries please contact Jenna on 07986 786343, tweet them at @MrsSwishing or visit their Facebook page.

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