Chicfashic

Chicfashic is a sustainable fashion platform. Education, community, innovation, and, shopping opportunities come together to catapult fashion into the circular economy.

The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Not only is it harmful to our environment, the production of clothing often relies on exploitative and dangerous practices. In 2018, Dr Fabiola Polli, the founder of Chicfashic combined her scientific knowledge in biochemistry and molecular biology together with sustainability. Aided by her aptitude for business and her Italian fashion roots, a revolutionary platform was born.

Chicfashic strives to educate people about the significance of second-hand fashion in combating climate change and the adverse impacts of the fast fashion industry. Our approach creates local and global communities, and, builds a closed-loop system that eliminates waste. Second-hand doesnt equal second best! The main goal of Chicfashic is to shift peoples mindsets. Chicfashic reimburses that feel-good feeling of shopping online while staying environmentally friendly.

Selling/renting clothes and accessories safely and in three easy steps

1- Register for free and create your local and global closet profile.

 

2- Look for fashion clothes and accessories or Take some cute snaps of those unwanted clothes and post them to your profile. Try to take at least a couple of photos. Don’t forget to add a location!

 

 

2- Connect with a seller/renter, schedule an appointment, and pay all through chicfashic’s trusted services.

 

3 meet up with the other sustainable fashion lover!

 

 

4- Share your experience with other users and share the love of your good experience with buyers/sellers. This ensures you are recycling not only your clothes but also creating bonds with others and raising awareness about fast fashion

How do I swap?

1- Register for free and create your local and global closet profile.

 

2 Take photos of your clothing or accessories you want to swap or check for item in the swap category.  

 

2- Send a message to the other member asking if she/he does want to swap her/his item with the items you have in your online wardrobe

 

3-Then you should both click buy on the items you’re swapping.

 

4-Once you have both ‘bought’ your items in this way, you’ll both receive the payment for your item(s) – this means you’ll only pay the administration costs (minimum 1€) for your deal!

 

Administration costs will be used for our Crowdfunding project  and/ or for other “ Chicfashic cares”  initiatives.

Good To know

Using the Chicfashic system to swap your items ensures that the swap will be safe, protected, and supported by the Chicfashic team! If you choose to swap outside the Chicfashic system and you receive a damaged item or it doesn’t match its catalog description, we won’t be able to help you.

 

In any case, if you’re having any problems, please contact our Support Team and we’ll do our best to help you!

 

Keep in mind

Buyer

No product is cashback! We have a safe system where a seller only receives his money when you are happy with the product. If you paid for your reservation outside of chicfashic (for example, a wire or bank transfer), you may have paid for a fraudulent reservation. To get help, let us know immediately!

Seller

Take nice photos of your products with a small file size

(20Kb-30Kb at most), upload them and enjoy meeting new people and showing off your wardrobe. 

Not happy with your shopping?

You Can Ask For a Refund!

That’s it! Buyers will receive the refund within 7 days. There are no fees to refund a charge but the fees from the original charge are not returned.

 

But a refund can only be done ONLY BEFORE a transaction has been marked as completed by the buyer. 

What makes us unique?

Chicfashic facilitates the exchange of second-hand apparel through swapping, selling, renting and buying – all in one place.

Local & Global

At Chicfashic, we promote the human connection, community and trust around the world. Our unique online open-wardrobe sharing mechanism allows people to rent or lease wardrobe items directly from other individuals, making shopping cheaper and more sustainable than it has ever been. These concepts help to dramatically reduce our fashion footprint.

At Chicfashic, all parties involved can benefit from each other. Gains in terms of assets and finance, but also in support and sentiment.

People coming together and sharing the values of sustainability provides encouragement and strength for the community. A sustainable future can be reached only if we take care of- and conserve valuable resources, reduce waste, and, preserve natural beauty and culture. We act local and connect globally.

Safe shopping

Leave behind the world of scammers and bad products. At Chicfashic, our team personally checks the profiles of all members. Payments are made through our secured website. Our team is always ready for you if you notice anything suspicious or unsatisfactory.

Since our exchanges occur locally, you have the chance to meet the seller and assess the quality of the apparel yourself. Each person is strongly encouraged to tell a story about who they are and about the clothes they are selling. We want to inspire people to look deeper and seek to understand people beyond their first impression and to share their values.

Following your purchase or lease, you can rate the seller’s wardrobe service! Reviews allow for a genuine evaluation. Enjoy a safe shopping experience!

No fake profile, 100% real members with a personal wardrobe profile. Each person is strongly encouraged to tell a story about how they are and about the clothes they are selling. We want to inspire people to look deeper and seek to understand people beyond their first impression and to share their values.

No fake payments 

No fake products, hidden defect, in fact you will personally see and review your purchases.

No Packaging

The best way to exchange items is without packaging. At Chicfashic, we facilitate the personal exchange of items. This means that there is no need for extravagant packaging, and items can be traded simply. Where an in-person exchange is not possible, we provide lightweight reusable bags to protect the quality of your apparel.

 

The many conventional layers of packaging create masses of waste and consume a lot of resources. Usually, when we order an item online, it comes wrapped in plastic bags, boxes stuffed with tissue or bubble wrap, and covered in tape. It makes the package heavier to transport and overall, there is a significant increase in emissions and fuel costs.

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Packaging creates waste in landfills and consumes new resources (trees, water…). When we order clothes online, they come in plastic postage bags or boxes, stuffed with tissue paper or bubble wrap, with bits of tape here and there. Paper requires more energy to produce than plastic – statistics vary but it is thought to be 3 times higher. It is also heavier to transport than plastic resulting in higher vehicle emissions and fuel costs. Globally 4 billion trees are cut down to make paper every year – the equivalent of 1% of the Amazon Rainforest. Additionally, It takes 5 liters of water to create one sheet of paper.  

Paper and cardboard is often touted as being the more sustainable option because it is bio-based, recyclable – on average more than five times – and biodegradable.

Much like cotton, due to its short fiber lengths, recycled paper is also dependent on the inclusion of virgin fiber to ensure strength and quality. Statistics from DEFRA show that in the UK, for example, paper mills use approximately 75% recovered fiber and 25% virgin fiber. 

High-profile media reports in 2019 revealed that only a fraction of waste sent for recycling is actually recycled. Recycling rates are calculated on the amount of waste sent for recycling and crucially, not the amount of waste that is actually recycled.

In 2016, the UK exported 74% of its waste to China which is now being diverted to South East Asian countries from Malaysia and Bangladesh to Vietnam. Likewise, approximately 80% of waste incinerators in the US are located in low-income communities. 

Much of the waste we export never gets close to a recycling plant and either end up in landfill or incineration due to leakage along the value chain or the inability of these new waste destinations to recycle the waste that they receive (much of it unsolicited and contaminated). 

The poor waste management processes in these countries has led to contaminated water and crops and respiratory illnesses amongst local communities, according to GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives). 

When avoiding packaging is not possible, we are convinced that reusable packaging is the only way to go so we provide reusable Chicfashic shipping bags made of second-hand clothes.

No Shipping

The local exchange of garments means low-impact transportation. Hop on your bike or take a pleasant walk to collect a new item for your sustainable wardrobe! We also facilitate the exchange of apparel through cycle couriers – a zero-emission mode of transportation!

Traditionally, garments are transported by ship, train or plane, across the globe and then by truck to get to retail stores. Shipping is responsible for 18-30% of all the world’s nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution and 9% of the global sulfur oxide (SOx) pollution, as much sulfur output as 50 million cars.

Shipping your garments would also mean alienation and isolation of people. We hope to work against the individualistic trend of society and create a sustainable fashion community where we share a vision, mission, and positivity. In-person exchanges allow for the exchange of not only the items themselves but also great fashion tips, new ideas and possibly even new friendships.

Chicfashic Cares

Chicfashic is a sustainable fashion platform that is not only for online shopping, education and coaching,  we also actively support initiatives that benefit the environment and humanitarian organisation to address locally and globally, relevant issues and needs.

 

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Chicfashic is a sustainable fashion platform not only for ethical shopping, education and coaching but also to support initiatives that benefit the environment and address humanitarian issues, locally and globally. At Chicfashic, we strive for the ethical treatment of people and the planet. The guiding force behind everything that we do is that we care about our community and environment. 

Our Projects

Adopt a tree and preserve nature

Our “Adopt a Tree” project aims to encourage individuals & organisations to adopt and plant trees to nurture and preserve nature. The benefits of trees are countless. Trees improve our air quality by filtering harmful dust and pollutants such as ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide from the air we breathe. They release the very oxygen that keeps us alive, stabilizes the soil that gives us food and form the ecosystems for our planet’s wildlife. Let us do our bit, and give back to our planet by planting trees.

 

Clothes for Humanity

Chicfashic is committed to supporting humanitarian organisations which share our devotion to making a difference in communities that most need support.

We collaborate with the Grow and Thrive Foundation. The Foundation helps women and children who make mud bricks in Patokki, Pakistan. The organisation provides food, healthcare and education to 700 children and their families.

Chicfashic contributes by providing the Grow and Thrive Foundation with clothes,  especially for the children. We complete the circle by donating clothes that don’t find a to the Grow and Thrive Foundation. This creates a circular system that helps people in need, rather than letting our precious clothes end up in a landfill and generate waste. 

At Chicfashic, we recognise the importance of education in enabling individuals to escape the poverty cycle, gain skills and access healthier and wealthier lives. We are proud to be able to support the Grow and Thrive Foundation as they work to develop solutions and advocate for a healthy environment and society.