Refashioner & Resale
Refashioner was the first online clothes redistribution engine....
In 2009, I had the idea for a curated digital clothes swap, with stories. Refashioner v.1.0 launched the following year >
Here's the home page >
And the general vibe (illustrations by the great Peter Arkle) >
Refashioner v.2.0. added buying and selling to the swap. Still all organized in personal closets >
Thousands of members stalked each other. That's what we called it when they linked closets >
Gorgeous things flowed through (with their stories of course) >
And occasional insanity >
We had a Manifesto (it still stands) >
But, frankly, we had developer issues >
And in 2014 I walked away from the whole thing. Of course, we may have been the first, but now we were far from alone! Resale sites all over. What drove this feeding frenzy in your closet was hard cash >
What drives me (I've dropped the "business we") is a dream of a giant shared closet. I think fashion is personal and should be traded that way.
That's what Refashioner 3.0 here is all about.
And my academic research (Costume Studies M.A. NYU).
And a vintage clothes library...