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Antonia seamstress extraordinaire at Take Off Your Clothes – Concordia Edition

At Take Off Your Clothes – Concordia Edition, we want to give you the best swapping experience!

This time, we have a special appearance from Antonia. She will be there at the swap to do your on-the-spot alterations for your newly swapped clothes.

Antonia seamstress extraordinaire and bookkeeper by trade who always found time to nurture her passion for clothes.  It all started while watching her mother, a professional seamstress sewing yards of fabric on their kitchen table.  She picked up sewing techniques that would allow her to make some extra money for her family.  At the ripe age of 12 she took on her first clients, making alterations for her friends’ mothers clothes!  After nearly 50 years of experience lovingly repairing clothes that needed TLC for her community, she will be offering her skills & passion for this Wednesday’s swappers. If you need a little repair or hem done she can do it on the spot, so you can bring home your newly acquired outfits to measure.

Simple alterations would be FREE and complex ones are offered at a very low student price!

Don’t miss out!

Take Off Your Clothes — Concordia University Edition

Hey guys!

The new semester is here! Why not celebrate back-to-school with new outfits? This time, instead of shopping, consider….SWAPPING!

Who says that you have to dig deep into your pocket for a new wardrobe? You just need to dig in deep into your closet! The SWAP Team, North America’s biggest swapping clothing swap is coming to Concordia, and this time, the entire event would be run by none other than Concordia students themselves. With our partners, David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise (DOCSE) and Career Management Services (CMS) in Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, we aim to create more awareness in sustainable clothing consumption among university students.

How the event works:

  • Clean out your closet, and set aside the nicest things that you aren’t wearing anymore and get them cleaned.
  • If you have more than 10 items to swap, then you’ll need to drop it off in advance before the swap starts. Otherwise, please bring no more than 10 items with you on the day of the swap.
  • Please download and print this label and place one on each bag of clothing you bring with you to the swap.
  • We will look over everything and decide what to accept — if it’s clean and, undamaged then chances are we’ll take it.
  • Every item we accept earns you 1 exchange coupon, valid for any other item at the swap.
  • Sorry, we do not sell clothing or exchange coupons. You MUST bring acceptable clothing to swap in order to participate.
  • All Clothing remaining after the event will be donated to Renaissance, a Montreal-based charity.

For student body from any university or college (please have your ID ready at the entrance): advance $5, regular $8

For non-student: advance $7, regular $10



Any day before September 19:
When: During regular business hours

Where: The David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise offices: 1450 Guy, office 6.325 or 6.323

What to do: Bring your clothes in a sealed bag and make sure to have label inside with your name and student ID (if applicable), and the total number of items in that bag. This is very important, because if we don’t have the label, we can’t know these clothes came from you!

Wednesday, September 19
When: 1PM – 5PM
Where: Molson Building Atrium (1450 Guy)


We also have special appearances from:

  • Snob Affair – a Montreal-based blog that doesn’t settle when it comes to fashion!
    Whether to put together a business attire, or to match up casual outwear, they will be there as your fashion consultant!
  • Thé Kiosque
    Aside from being a cozy hang-out place to study or chitchat near Concordia, Thé Kiosque will generously provide us with hot tea to refresh your energy. When you need a break from swapping, come try out the different flavours Thé Kiosque has to offer!
  • A special guest seamstress who will be doing alterations and fittings to the clothes you have swapped – on the spot! While the simple work will be free of charge, she will be also offering more complex alteration at a special student discount.

So what are you waiting for? Join us, have fun, and swap it up!

Lovin’ the SWAP idea and want to get involved in the process? Become a volunteer and experience it with us! Contact amanda@theswapteam.org or eddy@theswapteam.org for further information.


Meet Your New DIY Couture Coach!

Have you been reading our blog and marvelling at the do-it-yourself (DIY) projects we’ve shared, but don’t know where to start?

Or maybe you want to learn how to sew that dress you’ve been dreaming of?

Today, we have some great news for you: we’ve got a DIY Couture Coach ready to assist you with your handmade fashion projects!

Introducing Nicole Picard, official Couture Coach for The SWAP Team! An accomplished independent fashion designer with over 20 years of experience in stitching and sewing, Nicole can help you to realize your creative dreams. She is an excellent teacher, so don’t be shy if you’ve never stitched before — you’ll be surprised how easy sewing can be!

If you live in Montreal, you’re in for a treat at Take Off Your Clothes on July 28th. Nicole will be at the swap from 12PM – 5:30PM and her Tailor Made Studio will be armed and ready with measuring tapes and sewing machines to alter YOUR newly swapped clothes to perfection!

If you don’t live in Montreal, don’t despair! You can email Nicole for advice and tips at: fairyesque.studio@gmail.com
Don’t forget to check out her website and facebook page for more info!



30 Swaps in 30 Days

By Caroline Alexander

30 swaps in 30 days – For the next 30 days, leading up to the SWAP Team’s 2012 Take Off Your Clothes event July 28 &29 2012, I will swap one piece of clothing a day with you! Become part of a swap chain and refresh your wardrobe. Would you like to be the new proud owner of my Max Studio skirt/dress (see below)? Then show me what you would like to swap for it! Post the picture of what you want to swap on The SWAP Team Facebook wall to see if at the end of the day you are the lucky one. Keep the swap chain going! Tomorrow your piece of clothing could be the next item to be exchanged in the swap chain, so choose something cool and funky without stains or holes. Let’s get the swap on together.

For those of you who do not know me, I am a Montreal based fashion stylist, co-owner of Ludique Personal Stylist and SWAP Team volunteer since 2010.  All of this to say I LOVE clothes.  I love dressing up, and dressing other people up.  I feel that clothing gives everyone the opportunity to delve in to the realm of the creative on a daily basis. Such clothing play does not mean endless shopping, but rather experimenting with what you already have, trying new combinations, and improvising. Swapping is a great way to extend the possibilities of one’s wardrobe, and change it up a little.

Swap Number 1: Black and white Max Studio maxi-skirt/dress.  Have I mentioned I love clothes? What I love even more than clothes are clothes that are multi-purposed – “wear me as a dress, wear me as a skirt, heck throw me over your bathing suit and look fabulous.” This particular item has a black bandeau waistband that can also be worn as a top.  It is a size small, but as it is made of a rayon jersey with 5% spandex, it stretches to fit anyone from size 2 to 8.  It measures: 28 inches at the bust or waist, but can stretch up to 38 inches, the hip is flat 44 inches, but can stretch to 52 inches.

Please note, on offer for Swapping is the Max Studio skirt/dress.  The white tank top and accessories are just styling suggestions.

Swap ’til you drop for 30 days! Join me for this great challenge! 

5 Spring Tendencies to Reinterpret

written by Marie-Ève

Hello! My name is Marie-Ève Laforte and it is with great pleasure that I am joining The SWAP Team as a guest blogger. I am a mother of two young kids, namely a 5-year-old boy and girl of one and a half. On my own time, I work as a florist for special events, as well as manage a personal blog along with another blog focusing on food for Sympatico Lifestyle.

Since I was little, I have always had a great liking for fashion and a soft spot for vintage, and consider myself a professional collector and inquisitor. Having children led me down a road with many questions that urged me to turn over a new leaf and maintain a healthier lifestyle, from nutrition to beauty products and even our impact on the environment. In short, this is who I am.

For my first entry, I thought of showing you guys five tendencies in fashion, this season, which could easily be found through hand-me-downs, second-hand clothes shops and swapping. Quite simply, these are pieces to be interpreted in your own way, since that is essentially what style is: to observe and acquire through personalization!

1. Oxford Shoes

Classics and yet casually chic with a wisp of androgyny, these oxfords can be found everywhere this season. Finding a pair that is used does nothing but adds to their charm: the leather becomes even more supple and fair through age, while the fitting is even more comfortable than a pair of slippers. But more stylish!

Image by etsy. These are for sale on the website

2. Colour!

Image : LOVELYish

3. Military-style vest

Image : Pure and Noble

While forgetting the total camouflage look, the vest inspired from the military is still the rage. The idea here is to find a vest that is rigid and adorned with a few sharp edges, yet with a structured silhouette, in hues of khaki and that could quite possibly have leather trimmings. The more it was used, the better.

4. Floral Prints

Image : Ruffled

The small ethereal dresses with romantic floral prints are usual quite easy to dig up. Think of vests or even pants as well. Whether a small cottage in the prairies or even the 70’s, the effect remains unchanged!

5. Colour blocking

Image : Parsimonia

Rather popular in the 60’s, this style offers us large blocks of colour in a fabulous contrast, usually quite bright, on the same piece of clothing. We can also create about the same look with a colourful belt on more neutral pieces, or with clothing of different hues.