Lët’z Refashion : the brand new pop-up store « made by Caritas »
Friday 17 September 2021
For an ethical, sustainable and local fashion
Caritas Luxembourg inaugurated this afternoon in the presence of Franz Fayot, Minister of Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, and Marie-Josée Jacobs, President of Caritas Luxembourg, a new pop-up store on the Place Royal Hamilius, dedicated to ethical, sustainable and local fashion: Lët'z Refashion. This new atypical location is one of the key elements of the Rethink Your Clothes campaign funded by the Luxembourg Cooperation. Launched in 2018, this campaign aims especially to bring young people in Luxembourg to more reasonable and sustainable consumption of fashion. Under the appearance of a "concept store", Lët'z Refashion proposes in the same space: to inform about the social and environmental problems of the textile industry, to promote the actors of Slow Fashion... and to introduce citizens to creative sewing.
After months of research, the owners of the Royal Hamilius finally agreed to host this atypical project for its social and local aspects. Located in an ideal transit area, the space was fitted out at a low cost in a recycling mode and in a collaborative way. Indeed, the furniture and the decoration were voluntarily realized by the National Service of Youth (SNJ), the workshop Créaction of Walferdange, with the help of an architect. The material used to furnish the center was either donated, notably by Cactus, or recovered through donations.
In order to promote an ethical and sustainable fashion among citizens, Lët'z Refashion proposes fashion articles imagined and made from recycled clothes or fabrics. There too, many associations in the country, active in the field of textile upcycling, have been called upon: BIRK in Mondorf, Upcycle me from SNJ, Sustained or BENU in Esch. Fairtrade Lëtzebuerg, partner in the Rethink Your Clothes campaign is also present with its new collection "FairfashionLab". Lët'z Refashion also calls upon young local designers or from the Greater Region and offers free of charge a unexpected showcase in the city. In this respect too, Lët'z Refashion is not a store like the others, since its objective is not entirely commercial but primarily social and environmental: to show that an alternative fashion is possible by promoting the protagonists of upcycling... and second-hand clothing, since a corner dedicated to this offer has been present since September.
More precisely, in order to fulfill its mission to inform on the ethical and sustainable fashion, Lët'z Refashion will organize upcycling sewing workshops, which one of the objectives is to learn how to make your clothes last longer by repairing or transforming them. The program of future workshops is available on the social network pages @letzrefashion or on the website www.rethink.lu/letzrefashion.
Drawn by the uncommon character of the space, people who enter Lët'z Refashion are welcomed like visitors to an exhibition and often spontaneously seek explanations about the place.
"It is a great tool to raise awareness since it allows us to convey our messages to a larger public and in a more informal way than a conference," explains the president of Caritas Luxembourg. "We hope that it will be able to find a permanent location in the city to continue to fulfill its mission".
The designers invited to create on the premises, also contribute to the liveliness of this venue from where visitors are leaving with a new perspective on this industry, on the way they dress and consume fashion.
Re-use, repair, recycle your clothes in Luxembourg by Lët’z Refashion!
Sophie GARNIER – Campaign Manager « Rethink Your Clothes »
Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org / Tél : (+352) 621 398 732
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