Now in its 10th year, Leeds Community Clothes Exchange was started by a group of friends in Hyde Park and has grown to over 2000 members. We are an un-incorporated association run by an organisational team and supported by a management committee and team of volunteers.
So where did we first start? Our story begins in a Hyde Park studio, ran by Lizzie Harrison and way back when it used to be called 25 Spaces. As part of Lizzie’s Masters Degree the studio space underwent a renovation and became her boutique and studio space, and here in the renovated studio was the first ever Leeds Community Clothes Swap.
The clothes swap event became part of the community side of Lizzie’s ethical fashion brand Antiform, called Re Made in Leeds. We grew rapidly and became a way for everyone to have access to sustainable fashion options. In 2014 Re Made in Leeds closed its doors for the last time and Antiform moved down to Bristol, where the brand has flourished. LCCE moved to Woodhouse Community Center where we have happily been ever since!