Bringing local history to life to encourage learning textile skills

In The UK, we send 700,000 tonnes of clothing to recycling centres, textile banks, clothes collections and to charity each year. That’s enough to fill 459 Olympic-size swimming pools. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Old Togs, new tricks

We’re constantly on the hunt to find ways to make clothes last longer whilst celebrating the diversity of fashion, textiles and crafts. This not only diverts textiles from landfill and gets creative juices flowing but it has us thinking about how clothes are made, and to what ends.

#RefashionEast event followed the thread of London’s fashion history through the Aldgate area, home of the Huguenots and the epicentre of the UK’s rag trade roots. World wars and global markets left the UK garment industry down but we put the area back in the spot light, by reigniting their fashion hub.

The difference made

Across one weekend in May 2015 we hosted a feast of fashion workshops in East London. We took people on a journey to discover where and how clothes used to be made, from hat making to swap shops and from walking tours to a human library where you could hear first-hand about the textile factories across East London.

How can you get involved?

We're always on the hunt for local organisations, groups, individuals or businesses who would like to replicate the campaign in their local community. Get in touch at [email protected] and sign up to our friends newsletter to be the first to know about events, installations and other Hubbub updates.

Wondering what the rag trade roots are of your town? Read our blog to find out more about the history of the UK's rag trade. Or why not set up a street store where you are to help people in your community give their wardrobes a second life.