Wardrobe Angel: Local business stopped event being de-railed

Swish Leeds in full flow at Leeds' Corn Exchange and, below, the team who put it together, including me (in the middle with the lemon blouse)
Swish Leeds in full flow at Leeds' Corn Exchange and, below, the team who put it together, including me (in the middle with the lemon blouse)

In August I was knee deep organising Swish Leeds, the biggest swishing event the north has ever seen.

If you don’t know what swishing is it is basically clothes swapping – a great, free

The team who put it together, including me (in the middle with the lemon blouse)

The team who put it together, including me (in the middle with the lemon blouse)

way to update your wardrobe without it costing the earth. With the event deadline of 19th September looming, I was in charge of getting rails and hangers for the event.

Have you ever tried to get 10 rails and 800 hangers from a retailer?

The words ‘blood out of a stone’ spring to mind.

Then one day, after a tip off from David at IMS solutions that there was a garment processing plant on Water Lane, I stumbled upon Advanced Supply Chain.

Stephanie Roper

Stephanie Roper

One grey September morning, just a week before the event, I rocked up at Advanced on Sidhill Industrial estate in Holmfield.

To be brutally honest, with all the knock backs from the many retailers who had politely but firmly slammed their rail shaped doors in my face, Advanced was my last resort and they came through an absolute blinder – 800 hangers and 10 rails.

Swish Leeds had a lot to thank them for – ever tried to hold a clothing event without hangers and rails?

Thankfully I didn’t even have to contemplate that.

Advanced Processing process over 1 million garments a week and process garments for the

likes of Matalan, George at Asda, Topshop, Nike and Adidas to name but a few.

They employ over 300 people who operate the business 24/7. It seems fashion waits for no-one.

To think that there is this scale of operation in Halifax is purely wonderful – what an opportunity for those interested in fashion to see the grittier side, the actual factory to store side of the business – fashion logistics if you will. If the shops don’t have stock, the fashion hungry can’t shop so it’s thanks to Advanced that the rails are full and tills are ringing in retailers up and own the land.

The next Swish Leeds event is on March 27, 2014. Some vintage Diane von Furstenberg turned up last time - so it’s well worth the trip.

Stephanie Roper, a tea-drinking Yorkshire lass is the Wardrobe Angel. She opens up a whole new world of fashion using clients’ existing clothes. To find out more about her work go to www.wardrobeangel.co.uk