We take a sneak-peak into one of our top swapper’s home
Meet Carole. Born in Paris to a French father and a German mother, she has lived in France, New York and Canada before settling in Amsterdam 5 years ago. Carole is a Marketing Director and a Founder working 2 jobs; for a Dutch Fintech called ClearCo, and for her own sustainable cat furniture start-up called Sode Design.
We took a look inside Carole’s colourful and stylish home and discussed her fashion inspiration and swap-studio.
What inspires your interior and fashion style?
I’m attracted to bright colours! From a young age, my style has been driven by colours. Today I describe myself as new Danish Scandinavian style – which is pastel colours, comfortable and quality materials. My interior style is very unorthodox, and eclectic. I also like to collect things when I travel and I am not bothered by the size or hassle of bringing big items home.
Every corner of the house is decorated with a mix of vintage, flea market, souvenirs and designer pieces that tell a story about my experiences.
When did you first start swapping?
In 2008. I was doing my MBA in International Business and I did not have a lot of money. So, I started organising clothes swapping evenings with my friends. We would have food, and wine, and bring lots of clothes to swap with one another. It was a lot of fun. I do tend to have a lot of clothes and I usually give many away.
What was the first thing you ever swapped on swap-studio?
The first thing I swapped was a blue vintage dress that you can see in the photo above. I’m into vintage clothes. I find it hard to find clothes that actually fit me without needing to be tailored. Somehow vintage clothes fit my body shape better.
What are your views on Sustainability?
I used to be a fast fashion addict and H&M was my favourite brand – but now I am more careful about what I buy, what I eat, what I wear, and I am trying to be mindful of my impact on the planet. Although I do have a lot of clothes, I usually keep them for many years, and I believe in using things over and over.
I have a new rule – one in and one out so I don’t accumulate too many things. If I keep things for 1 year and I haven’t worn them, then I give them away. So that also motivates me to wear new things every day.
What do you like about swap-studio?
With swap-studio I am basically swapping items for free. They are great quality items that I will wear for a long time – so they suit my fashion values. I like the ease of use of the site, and that it’s curated.
It’s also a nice break in my day – it’s like searching through a goldmine for a special gem. It’s light-hearted, it’s fun and I always find amazing stuff.
What are some gems you have found on swap-studio?
I swapped a Moncler Jacket (my first ever Moncler), a Kenzo t-shirt and a Diane von Furstenberg jacket all from swap studio – pretty much for free. It’s fantastic!
What tips would you give others about swap-studio
At first people might not understand the kudos system. I personally like the model, but the issue for new people is working out how to accumulate points.
I’m lucky to have plenty of kudos now which I collected different ways: I’ve referred friends, I’ve posted high-ticket items to get more points like a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses, I’ve been super active uploading lots of items and participating in the swap-studio promotions.
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