Walk-in Closet Switzerland focuses on clothing consumption and its global consequences. Our goal is to be a sustainable link in the fashion chain offering an exciting alternative experience and opportunity to enjoy fashion.
We look at our attitude to consumption. At various locations in Switzerland, we offer an alternative to normal outlets to swap, not shop. Raising awareness is a priority. We currently work with Public Eye and other non-profit organisations whilst we also host workshops focused on sustainable clothing consumption with the goal of encouraging others to reflect on their buying habits.
The first Walk-in Closet swap was held in 2011. It was clear that there was an appetite in the market and the idea appealed to many consumers, ultimately leading to the founding of the Walk-in Closet Association. Along with the original founding members, many volunteers have joined and we continue to grow every year, with the addition of new locations, volunteers and net work partners. What started out as small youth project has evolved into the largest clothing swap organisation in Switzerland. In our Association we engage several hundred volunteers to further our cause for a sustainable clothing and textile industry.
Up until 2016, we were able to cover costs thanks to the passion and participation of the volunteer staff and the many visitors. Naturally, with the growth of the Association the administration work has grown and to further develop and maintain quality, we realised that we needed financial support. The Foundation Mercator Switzerland as well as the Corymbo Foundation support the coordination office and the various projects of the association financially until 2022. The goal is that the Walk-in Closet Switzerland association can finance itself in the future through the patronage system.