Swapping with The Clothing Exchange can be done online on this website or at our signature events across Australia.
It’s really simple – you exchange items of clothing that you no longer want for those that you do, via a network of savvy and eco-minded swappers, that now has the capacity to become global!
It’s an enjoyable and sustainable action that reduces fashion waste, and celebrates style and individuality.
The Clothing Exchange was founded by Kate Luckins in Melbourne, Australia in 2004. Following a collaboration with the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2006, The Clothing Exchange has become a regular event for swappers in a host of wonderful venues across Australia.
At The Clothing Exchange, we believe that looking good shouldn’t ‘cost’ the earth – yet current manufacturing and fashion industry practices are responsible for a vast amount of damage to the environment and to the lives of clothing industry workers. We feel that every time you purchase something, you are making a choice about the way you want the world to be. Choosing swapping has the direct result of keeping garments out of landfill for longer and reducing the damaging effects of fast fashion and out-of-control consumerism, one garment at a time.
What’s more, swapping is a clever and thrifty way to update your wardrobe without hitting the shops and maxxing out your credit card. It saves you pennies AND makes the world a better place.
At The Clothing Exchange, you can swap online and at our professionally hosted events across Australia. Our innovative events have grown from a small community of devoted swappers to a national network of swapping, and the events are always friendly and fun!
Online swapping is the most recent (and exciting) incarnation of The Clothing Exchange. Swapping is a form of collaborative consumption – which in plain terms, is sharing. Sharing is social, and more and more of our social lives are spent online. The development of online swapping was viewed by Directors Kate Luckins and Hayley Morris as the best way to make swapping more accessible, and to expand the environmental, economic (and material) benefits of clothes swapping to all.
The online swapping service is inspired by the essence of our much-loved events, and now accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. We hope you enjoy online swapping as much as we have enjoyed creating it. To see how online swapping works, check our quick video tutorial...