Humber turns fashion to charity

by | Nov 23, 2012 | News

By Stacey Thompson

From left: Emma Gaudet, Gavin Whyte and Anna Roumeliotis are second year fashion students involved with the very first ECO Mode event launching Nov. 27. PHOTO BY STACEY THOMPSON

Humber North is encouraging students from the fashion, cosmetic and spa departments to donate designer clothing for charity and lessen their environmental footprint in this first time Eco Mode fashion event.

“We are only collecting donations from the fashion students and from the spa and cosmetic students,” said fashion student adviser Pamela Dettorre. “We are not collecting donations from the whole school.”

Dettorre said Eco Mode is more of a consignment store. Students can bring their clothes in and receive 40 per cent of the sale price. Sixty per cent will be given to charity unless the students want to give the whole amount to charity.

The event takes place Tuesday Nov. 27 and Wednesday Nov. 28 in A109, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pauline Ashworth, program coordinator of fashion arts, said the clothing will go to specific charities.

“Any garments that are remaining will be given to women’s shelters, and the other is money that will be given to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” said Ashworth.

Gaven Whyte, a second-year fashion arts student, says the products will be very affordable to students.

“There are going to be pretty affordable I’d say, everything is going to be under $10, and there are going to be based on commodities and jewelry is going to prices based on individual item,” said Whyte.

Emma Gaudet, a second-year fashion arts student, says local designers have donated some of their designs for Eco Mode.

“We also have a few designer pieces from some eco-friendly businesses around the city,” said Gaudet.

“We have Device by Melanie Ferreira she donated three dresses, those will be separately priced, and we also have a few other garments that are designer that will be priced up a bit more, but the rest will remain under $10.”

Dettorre said they are trying to change the mindset of how people view vintage clothing. She said 95 per cent of global manufacturing of textiles, such as clothing goes to landfills; the other five per cent is recycled.

“What we are also trying to do is to show a younger generation that is are other options to traditional shopping,” said Dettorre.

The Eco Mode event coincides with an informal open hose where Humber has invited Alexander Mackenzie Secondary School and Father Michael McGivney Catholic High School students.

“Part of the reason they are coming in is to see our programs, because it is apart of our on going relationship with the high schools in terms of showing potential students what our students are doing, to see our resources and the campus,” said Ashworth. “It’s more informal then the open house and campus tours and gives them a feel for the program.”