Assist Native Nonprofits at REfashion Weekend

We love collaborations, particularly when it’s between two native nonprofits coming collectively to empower adults with disabilities by style. As a part of Useful resource Depot’s REfashion Weekend 2023, the virtually offered out Make Vogue Round Designer Problem will happen this Friday, Feb. 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Useful resource Depot and aZul Vogue, Artwork & Design, Inc. partnered to create a singular venture that includes one-of-a-kind upcycled totes.

Over the previous few weeks, aZul’s designers embellished clean tote luggage with second-hand supplies discovered at Useful resource Depot, a treasure trove of eco-conscious creativity. The chosen designers have all taken half within the group’s 20-week Observe The Thread style design program which is obtainable to adults with developmental disabilities. Throughout their time in this system, college students be taught a wealth of worthwhile info and know-how about sustainable style design strategies, fabrication, branding and advertising methods. Sandra Raffaelli, Founder and CEO of aZul, shared that “the primary half within the empowering course of was to activate creativity of our designers who’re adults with distinctive skills. Searching by Useful resource Depot’s treasures gave them the prospect to discover infinite potentialities for his or her creations. They skilled artistic freedom deciding on objects that may assist them specific their idea on the tote luggage, similar to a Venture Runway journey.” 

Totes by aZul designers

I visited the Useful resource Depot to take a first-hand look and I need to say how cool these totes got here out. Every designer’s imaginative and prescient was distinctive and the extent of execution was really spectacular. “Understanding that their luggage could be showcased and offered at REfashion Weekend impressed them to present their 100%,” says Raffaelli. “Creative recognition is the second a part of the empowering expertise. When our designers get to take part in neighborhood occasions and are acknowledged for his or her skills as a substitute of their circumstances it permits them to stroll taller, happy with their skills and excited to be included.” These fashionable “REfashionable” totes can be on sale throughout this Friday’s VIP Preview Celebration with proceeds benefitting each organizations. 

Tote designed by Devin Nassar-Reis

REfashion Weekend will proceed on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to six p.m. on the Useful resource Depot with their Fill-a-Bag Purchasing Spree. Customers will buy massive recycled luggage for $25 to fill with as a lot clothes, footwear, and equipment as they’ll. It’s a enjoyable idea that, as soon as once more, encourages us to be extra conscious about our environmental footprint. As Useful resource Depot’s largest fundraiser of the 12 months, Govt Director Jennifer O’Brien is main the cost on normalizing the thought of secondhand objects. “Folks want garments. And whereas clothes shouldn’t be usually a donation we settle for regularly, we noticed an ideal alternative for a dialog with the neighborhood about ‘greening’ their purchasing habits in terms of their wardrobe. Do you know the typical American throws out about 82 kilos of textile waste per 12 months? That’s about 11 million tons of textile waste produced yearly by simply the USA alone! And past carrying issues once more, all that waste is pointless as textiles will be repurposed into quite a lot of issues together with sports activities fields, insulation for buildings, pillow stuffing and paper cash. REfashion Weekend offers consumers that likelihood to decelerate the style cycle with previously-loved, new-to-you clothes and niknaks whereas saving the planet,” says O’Brien.

After a particular tour of Useful resource Depot with O’Brien, I encourage everybody to rethink a few of their purchasing habits and likewise take into account donating objects, together with arts and crafts goodies, magazines, decor tiles, and extra. It’s a part of an ecosystem that may be enjoyable within the course of, igniting creativity and new methods of making use of issues, as exemplified by the aZul designers. Within the meantime, come on out to the Useful resource Depot this weekend to assist two wonderful nonprofits making a distinction in additional methods than one.

For extra info on all occasions go to

Useful resource Depot; 2508 Florida Avenue, West Palm Seashore;

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