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Reloved Design Competition


Calling all fashion designers with an eye for sustainability to enter the Reloved Design Competition. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your upcycling skills and be in with the chance to win some amazing prizes, including a full retail experience with £50 vouchers to spend at a TRAID shop and the change to showcase your design in store..


Upcycling clothes is a growing trend and one of the most sustainable things people can do in fashion. Textile upcycling has enormous benefits; it conserves the environment, reduces CO2 emissions, reduces the cost of production and encourages creativity and innovation. Take part in the competition and redesign something you no longer use!” Jose Baladron, TRAID Recycling Development Manager.


Forget fast fashion; now is the time to slow things down and make space for creativity, skill and sustainability. Put your upcycling skills to the test with the Reloved Design Competition and redesign a top, dress or pair of trousers to create a wearable new garment.  


To enter this competition, you must live, work or study in one of the seven north London boroughs. You must submit your proposal by 27 January 2020. To register for the competition you need to submit a “before” picture with a brief description of your upcycling project, plus a picture capturing the final result. All accepted entries will receive a confirmation email with details of where to post entries. All garments must be received by 4 February 2020. A panel of industry experts will judge the competition entries based on creativity, transformation skills, and sustainability. The winners will be announced on 7 February 2020.

All participants will have the chance to get a free garment from a pre-selected stock of clothing in a TRAID store for use in the competition. The dates available to collect the items of clothing from the TRAID Shop are as follow: 

• Saturday 11th between 11am and 1pm (Traid Shop in Dalston)
• Tuesday 14th between 3 and 5pm (Traid Shop in Dalston)
• Thursday 16th between 2 and 4pm (Traid Shop in Wood Green)


Do you need some help with your design?


Don't worry, we have you covered. Come along to our Repair Cafes across north London to get the advice that you need on repairs and upcycling from our team of textile specialists. Our Repair Cafés are events where you can bring along old or damaged clothes  and other household items to be potentially fixed by our team of repair specialists, for free. If you prefer to give a twist  to old garments, you can also bring them along and learn how to upcycle them. Repair Cafés are a great place to learn valuable new skills where the repair specialists will take you one-on-one through the repair process, so that you can repair or upcycle items yourself in the future.We will be at:

Barnet, 11 January - Wesley Hall,9 Stapylton Road, Barnet, Herts EN5 4JJ
Hackney,18 January - Pembury Community Centre, Ground Floor, Block A, Atkins Square, Dalston Lane, Hackney,E8 1FA
Islington, 25 January - Elizabeth House Community Centre, 2 Hurlock Street, N5 1ED 


The top five entries to the competition will be showcased in a TRAID shop window and will win a full retail experience with styling advice, as well as £50 in vouchers to spend at the TRAID shop. The overall winner will also receive a sewing machine, to help them with future upcycling projects. Check the Terms and Conditions and textile collection information for more details.


Do you want to enter the Reloved Competition?

Please submit your entry by competing the registration form:

You need to be resident, study or work in any north London borough.

Please submit a brief description explaining the main features of your design based on the judging criteria (creativity, transformation skills, and sustainability).

Please upload the before and after pictures of your design.