In 2004, Kate pioneered swapping in Australia by starting The Clothing Exchange for her fashion Masters at RMIT University. She has been a long-term contributor to the sustainable fashion community, attended summits and conferences around the globe including the UN headquarters in Nairobi. She is an engaging speaker when it comes to sustainable fashion and lifestyles having expanded her research with a PhD. Kate thrives when sharing ideas with others to lead towards a sustainable future and is available for talks, panelist discussions and interviews.
Sydney host and national coordinator
Our Sydney host Kirsten has been running swaps since 2008. She holds our record for the biggest clothing exchange event topping 2000 people. Kirsten hosted a War on Waste event with the ABC and that saw hundreds of people swapping, including whole families getting involved. Kirsten is our national coordinator who recruits and mentors hosts across Australia. She has been a passionate swap advocate from the start. As she says “we are providing a service to the community and engaging with people who deeply care about the environment who also have fun whimsical sense of fashion”. As knitwear artist and hospitality guru, Kirsten knows how to craft an exceptional exchange event.
Melbourne host Stacey has run an array of exciting swaps across Melbourne. She collaborated with GFX to bring a lively, colourful swap to VAMFF this year and joined Clare Press for the ethical fashion festivites in Ballarat. Her biggest achievement thus far was a collaboration with Fashion Revolution AUS_NZ and GFX to deliver one of our most impactful swaps raising funds for Fashion Revolution Week 2018. She hosts charming regular swaps in Melbourne’s north and has a team of gorgeous volunteers helping her run the show. Stacey has pioneered our ambassadors program and is a generous contributor to the Melbourne sustainable fashion scene.
Tassie host Susannah lives and breathes pre-loved fashion. Having founded the Overdressed Market (now Overdressed Style) in Hobart and running My Closet Market in Launceston, she set her sights on swapping and kick-started events in her home state. Susannah is very passionate about preloved fashion swaps — ”unlike many ways to purchase preloved fashion, swapping has a true community feel. It’s an honour to create these events for like-minded fashionistas who want the best for the environment (and their wardrobes)”. Susannah is one stylish lass and we marvel at her social media prowess and sustainable style.