Saturday, September 14, 2013

Get Redressed

On Thursday evening, I had the opportunity to attend a lovely Redress HK event, hosted by it's founder Christina Dean.  I have long followed her 365 Challenge on Instagram (@getredressed) and been inspired by what her NGO aims to do to raise awareness for sustainability in fashion.  

In a city like Hong Kong, it's easy to get swept up in the wave of consumerism, high fashion and fast fashion without much thought to the impact our consumption has on our environment.  

Anyone who knows me, knows that sustainability and the environment are both issues that are close to my heart.  It's one real reason I feel good about wearing vintage.  Recycling, upcycling, reconstructing and repurposing. I love it all.

I was thrilled when Christina sent me an email to invite me to the VIP opening of her Get Redressed Pop Up shop event.  Not only was it a chance to browse through some amazing secondhand clothing, but it was finally an opportunity to meet her and find out more about this organization.  I learned that Christina started in journalism, writing about the environment in China and the toll the fashion industry takes on our environment (remember the river dyed indigo-blue near the denim factory?)  I had a great time chatting with her about Redress, the 365 Challenge, motherhood, etc.

The event did not disappoint.  I found it hard to believe that the gorgeous clothes, shoes and accessories that were on display in this boutique like setting were actually either donated or found in the recycling bins.  I felt like I was browsing though a chic NYC thrift shop.

There was a wide selection of items to choose from, both brand name designer and high street to vintage and local.  Gorgeous knits and leather jackets were available to style up in the coming months.

Hi-end shoes from Miu Miu, Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs as well as these candy colored novelty heels from a local boutique in Causeway Bay.

I came away with some lovely pieces including a few blouses that Christina had featured on her Instagram account.  I couldn't wait to style them for myself.  

Christina referred to this olive colored floral blouse as a granny blouse.  So funny.  It definitely has that quality about it, especially with the floral print.

As I was hanging my new-to-me clothes in my closet when I got home, my Vic & Lily vintage skirt caught my eye and I knew they would work well together. (I wore it on the blog before, here).  Where I struggled was to think of a necklace to finish off the look.  I remembered this one from A Common Thread, which I won in a giveaway, and it did the trick.

The hubby took these outfit pics...hence the smile, and a glimpse at our bedroom (the tidy part...believe me, we moved stuff out of the shot).

Do check out the Get Redressed Pop Up Shop in Soho at Pizza Express (21 Lyndhurst Terrace).
Monday, September 16th from 11:30 am to 9 pm 
Tuesday, September 17th from 11:30 am to 4 pm

For more details, visit Redress HK's webpage, or the Redress Facebook page.

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