ReGo: Our Story in the Making sows the seeds of social change through fashion activism
Supported by London College of Fashion and Foundation for Future London, ReGo is an impressive year-long project using fashion to fight knife crime – and bringing the community together in the process.
ReGo means “to put aside our ego and go again and again through a continued process of change both in oneself and in society.” With this as a starting point for Our Story in the Making, the cross-disciplinary project has come to embody collective action as it unites London College of Fashion students with East London-based brands, all in the aim of affecting positive social change. Having seen the negative impact of knife crime on the local community, the project’s intention was to counter the problem through fashion and creativity.
The idea was to repurpose knives from amnesty bins alongside other urban waste as inspiration for (and to be utilised within) clothes, accessories, and jewellery. Co-created by young people from East London and local brands Michelle Lowe-Holder, CQ Studio, FibreLab, and The Reclaimery, they’ve engineered the transformation of objects of potential violence into something beautiful. ReGo intended to “connect creatives across disciplines with the aim to illustrate to young people how they can control the direction their lives take by leveraging the power of fashion, making, and storytelling to shift the prevailing narrative around youth violence.”