Sartorial Magazine held its biannual clothing swap event on Wednesday, March 23 at the Plaster Student Union.
Sartorial Magazine is Missouri State University’s student-run fashion and beauty magazine. The organization hosts events and publishes content covering a variety of fashion and lifestyle topics.
“Sartorial really covers a wide variety of topics,” said Zoe Brown, Sartorial’s editor. “Our main focus is fashion, of course, but we have a big focus on inclusion and talking about the origins of various trends and their impact.”
It was the fifth time that Satorial had organized an exchange. At the event, people were able to bring up to five items to swap with other used clothing and accessories brought in by fellow attendees.
“It was our biggest event to date, and I’ve said it every time we’ve held it,” said Sartorial Events Manager Camryn Mahnken. “He’s only getting bigger, and I’m really happy that we can continue to house him even after the pandemic and these struggles.”
Preparation primarily involved advertising and promotion to the Springfield community.
“We announced the event on social media several weeks before the actual exchange, and posted flyers on campus and shared the information with other student organizations,” Brown said.
According to Mahnken, Sartorial Magazine organizes exchanges primarily for the environmental benefits.
“Durability is a huge plus,” said Mahnken. “Fast fashion has had an environmental impact on our planet, and a very large portion of water use and greenhouse gases comes from fashion and apparel production.”
Swapping clothes was a way for them to show their dedication to the value of sustainability.
“With this event, we can breathe new life into our clothes so they don’t end up in a landfill and we don’t feel the need to buy new clothes all the time,” Brown said. “The exchange represents our values of sustainability, accessibility and fashion.”
Swapping clothes also allowed Sartorial Magazine to promote its organization, partner with other organizations, and meet new people.
“It’s a great way for community members to connect,” Mahnken said. “We have met a lot of people who are not at Sartorial who come to these exchanges and then they come to be involved with the club.
This semester, Sartorial partnered with the Bear Pantry, the university’s food insecurity program, to collect donations at the event. They also donated leftover clothing to Transitions Closet, the campus organization for students in need of clothing.
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