COPE Galway Charity Shop to host Fashion Revolution Event

COPE Galway Charity Shop is to hold an exhibition of upcycled clothes during Fashion Revolution Week (23-29th April) at its boutique on St Augustine Street, Galway. The display, featuring reconstructed clothes by local creative Eimer Greaney, is hoped to encourage Galwegians to recycle, upcycle and choose ‘slow fashion’ when it comes to styling their look.

Eimer Greaney, who trained as a pattern cutter, made a conscious choice to be a charity shop customer and uses her purchases to create a wardrobe of upcycled clothes. She also blogs on alternative fashion and offers free patterns on craft-sharing website Craftsy. She has donated a collection of her ‘Upsew’ label items to the COPE Galway Charity Shop to sell and her work features in the exhibition.

Shop manager Allison Currah says “We are very grateful to Eimer for coming up with the concept for the exhibition and donating items from her label. Recycling clothes is at the heart of what we do at the Shop and I am delighted to host this event as part of the international Fashion Revolution Week.”

Fashion Revolution Week developed as a global movement in the wake of the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh when 1138 people died and 2500 were injured as a result of a fire in an unsafe garment factory.  It led to questions around the whole ethos of the fashion industry from exploitation of workers to environmental pollution.

The bright & spacious COPE Galway Charity Shop is becoming a popular source of re-usable original material for discerning wearers of fashion. “What we wear and how we wear it is our own decision”, explains Eimer Greaney. “Your own signature way to dress should be fun and it should be ‘yours’. If you choose to sew your own clothes, it can be quite empowering. There is a supportive online sewing community out there. A lot of women will comment that when buying clothes off the rack it is about you having to fit the clothes; they blame their own shape or size when they don’t fit, whereas in fact it’s really the clothes that are wrong. Once you make your own clothes they will feel a much better fit than any store-bought ones.”

So how does one become a fashion revolutionary? Pick up a resource sheet and have a look at the beautiful remade clothes on display and for sale at the COPE Galway Charity Shop on St. Augustine Street during Fashion Revolution Week (23-29th April).

Visit the shop’s facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/copegalwaycharityshop/ for daily advice and tips or email shop manager Allison Curragh: acurrah@copegalway.ie.

The COPE Galway Charity Shop is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5.30pm. Tel: 091 569715.

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Contact: Allison Currah, Manager, COPE Galway Charity Shop.

Tel 091 569715 / Email acurrah@copegalway.ie

The COPE Galway Charity Shop is located on St. Augustine Street and sells women’s and men’s clothes and accessories, along with cds, books & bric-a-brac. COPE Galway is a local organisation providing supports & services for people affected by Homelessness, women and children experiencing Domestic Violence, and Older People.  COPE Galway helps to improve quality of life in a home of your own by Supporting Home, Promoting Community and Reducing Isolation.

 

All profits go to COPE Galway Services for Homeless, Domestic Violence and services for Older People in Galway.

 

Photo Captions:

COPE Galway Charity Shop Fashion Revolution Event (Flavia Simas in dress made with Jeans by Eimer Greaney)

COPE Galway Charity Shop is to hold an exhibition of upcycled clothes during Fashion Revolution Week (23-29th April) at its boutique on St Augustine Street, Galway. The display, featuring reconstructed clothes like this dress remade using jeans by local creative Eimer Greaney, is hoped to encourage Galwegians to recycle, upcycle and choose ‘slow fashion’ when it comes to styling their look.  For latest collections, updates and more information visit www.facebook.com/copegalwaycharityshop/.

 

COPE Galway Charity Shop Fashion Revolution Event (Flavia Simas in sun top made from man’s shirt and skirt made with Jeans by Eimer Greaney)

COPE Galway Charity Shop is to hold an exhibition of upcycled clothes during Fashion Revolution Week (23-29th April) at its boutique on St Augustine Street, Galway. The display, featuring reconstructed clothes like this outfit remade from a man’s shirt and jeans by local creative Eimer Greaney, is hoped to encourage Galwegians to recycle, upcycle and choose ‘slow fashion’ when it comes to styling their look.  For latest collections, updates and more information visit www.facebook.com/copegalwaycharityshop/.

 

COPE Galway Charity Shop Fashion Revolution Event (Flavia Simas in upcycled blouse made from man’s shirt and skirt made with Jeans by Eimer Greaney)

COPE Galway Charity Shop is to hold an exhibition of upcycled clothes during Fashion Revolution Week (23-29th April) at its boutique on St Augustine Street, Galway. The display, featuring reconstructed clothes like this outfit remade from a man’s shirt and jeans by local creative Eimer Greaney, is hoped to encourage Galwegians to recycle, upcycle and choose ‘slow fashion’ when it comes to styling their look.  For latest collections, updates and more information visit www.facebook.com/copegalwaycharityshop/.

Further information:

 

Six ways to become a Fashion Revolutionary

  1. Buy Well. Choose natural fibres; touch and really feel the fabric for weight and substance. Many cheaper fabrics seem to be of a higher quality as they have had finishes put on them- but they wear out faster. Sometimes you pay more for a certain label, yet big names can make lower quality items to sell in cheaper shops.
  2. Choose well. Ask yourself, ‘Do I need it?’ We have become victims of over- consumption – most people only wear about 20% of their wardrobe! Curate your closet, edit your wardrobe and find your own style.
  3. Wear it again – buy second hand. Some regular Charity Shoppers view their purchases as clothes rental, as they buy and later re-donate. Charity shops have a great selection of clothes, where you can actually see how they have worn and proven their worth.
  4. Be exclusive. It’s worth seeking out good quality vintage in specialist and charity shops for a special occasion item.
  5. Wash and dry smarter. Over-laundering clothes wears them out faster and is not always necessary. A lot of ‘special’ garments can be cleaned and cared for by handwashing. Learn a few handwashing tricks for silk and wool clothes. Line drying is also great for clothes. It freshens them up and the sun’s ultra violet rays disinfect, so it is worth hanging a woollen coat, blankets and duvet out.
  6. Make it better. Get sewing, visit COPE Galway Charity Shop for resources such as Eimer’s pattern to remake a skirt from old denims and other information for resewing and recycling initiatives.
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