The Fall semester has been an exciting time for Style Lottery. We recently had our last closet swap of the year on Syracuse University’s campus (flyers are below).
We have been working hard to introduce sustainable fashion to the university campus and give people the opportunity to get involved with fashion philanthropy. We encourage people to swap their clothing with one another for a few reasons:
- It lets you make room in your closet for clothing you will actually wear
- It challenges you to think about what articles of clothing are staples for your personal style
- It allows you to find eclectic articles of clothing without having to go hunting for them in department stores
- It give you a way to restyle and reuse clothing without creating waste
We all enjoy finding clothes that we like, so we do all the hard work and bring other people’s closets to our guests. Those who have been attending our swaps know that swapping is a viable way to change up their style and recycle clothes from their closets.
But why do we do all all of this? Sure, we do it to challenge people to chose sustainable fashion practices like swap instead of relying on trendy fashion. But we also host these swaps to connect students with members of the community.
We are building a culture where we recognized that we can use fashion to touch the lives of others. The clothes that are donated from the university swaps are taken to the community where we host a program teaching girls about sustainable fashion.
At the end of our community program, the girls receive a free shopping spree.This semester, we worked with Girls Inc. in Syracuse at the YWCA. We had a wonderful time engaging with the girls and helping them find clothes to fit their styles and personalities.
At the beginning of the year, we had a goal to give away 20 Style Lottery shopping sprees. We have 5 recipients from the Exodus House and 17 from Girls Inc. We did it!! And it was all thanks to you all. When you swap with us, you’re giving to girls in the community. Thanks to donations from our last two swaps, these girls got a free shopping spree at Girls Inc! The swap cycle is complete.
You all have make what we do possible. Thank you for your generosity and willingness to try new things.
Restyle, reuse, reward
Photo cred: Kyra Hamann