Shopping Planner: Clothing swap and the rebirth of the Black Market
Eco Fashion: Swap at Disco Dolls
Disco Dolls Studio is participating in Fashion Revolution Week, a national campaign for “greater transparency, sustainability, and ethics in the fashion industry.” The campaign uses the hashtag #whomadeyourclothes from Monday to April 30 to mark the anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people. The Disco Dolls do their part for the effort on Monday with a clothing swap and a viewing of The True Cost documentary. Between 6 and 7 p.m., bring in up to six items of gently worn clothing, shoes or accessories, but not jewelry. You will be given a ticket for each item you bring. BYOB and a chair for the viewing. It’s free, but registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 4632 N Florida Ave. (813) 641-4367. thediscodolls.com.
The party doesn’t end there. On Saturday, April 29 from 1-5 p.m., the Disco Dolls and neighbors Spool Studios will host a wrap party for Fashion Revolution Week. They’ll offer tips on how to upcycle your clothes, Spool will have fabric remnants and vintage trim for sale, and Disco Dolls will discuss how the make and source fabrics for their clothing line. A photo booth area will be set up to take pictures with the “Who Made My Clothes” sign that can be used to challenge your favorite brand to be more transparent.
Black Market: The Rebirth
During Black Friday weekend, the Black Market Collective launched its first event, an indie market that featured all black-owned businesses. Turnout was good, and now a second event Saturday will feature more than 25 vendors including Untamed Colors Cosmetics, author Ayesha Rodriguez and Blue Sage Eco Boutique. There will be live music and entertainment, including African drum and dance troupe Kuumba Drum and Dance. 2-7 p.m. at the Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association, 2005 N Lamar Ave. facebook.com/blackmarketcollective.