After being delayed by the Omicron variant of February, ReFashion Week will resume this weekend. The Sanitation Foundation is the official partner of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY). It will also host donateNYC. This program was established in 2016 by the Sanitation Department with the goal of reducing waste and increasing the diversion of reusable materials from landfills. This is essential in helping the city reach its zero waste goals.
ReFashion Week, now in its fourth season, is an initiative to assist New Yorkers to reimagine textile waste alternatives and be more sustainable. The events include a vintage and upcycled market in Astoria’s community garden, silent bidding with proceeds going towards zero-waste programming, a panel discussion on how wardrobes can help heal our world, and workshops that teach sock knitting, mending, as well as how to refashion discarded garments.
These events include both online and in-person offerings. A virtual tour of Eileen Fisher’s studio will show how the team achieves circularity by recycling and making new designs from worn clothes. The city will host several events in person at various venues, including the Canvas Bowery, which sells only items that comply with at least a few United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. There will also be a virtual tour of the Eileen Fisher studio at the Soho House New York. Also, the New Women Space will host a clothing shop as well as a swap event. The final event will be the ReFashion Runway Show at the Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex Building, Friday, April 8. This is where designers and stylists will showcase their upcycled and thrifted looks and compete to win a panel.