Traid had a brilliant 2023 full of firsts, milestones and exciting opportunities, all to showcase the positive power of second-hand fashion. Check out our highlights.  

New Year, Second-hand Style  

In January 2023, Traid began the year with our very own winter pop-up shop inside Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford! Soon after, Traid CEO Maria Chenoweth continued to take charity fashion to the next level, co-founding Charity Super.Mkt to bring stylish garms and accessible second-hand fashion to the nation.  

Remembering Rana Plaza

Rana Plaza memorial statue, Savar, Bangladesh.

In April, Traid joined forces with the Rana Plaza Solidarity Collective to mark the tenth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. We hosted a late-night event at Traid Dalston and thanks to your generosity, we raised a whopping £3,281 in just three hours! The funds were donated to the Bangladesh Centre for Workers’ Solidarity, an incredible organisation that works to improve the rights, safety and working conditions of garment workers.

Hello Glastonbury Festival!  

Come June, Traid was hitting up the mainstream festival scene, bringing all the second-hand suave to festival goers down at Worthy Farm for the famous Glastonbury Festival.  

Traid Lates Summer Series 

In July Traid celebrated the work of our international development projects at our Traid Lates Summer Series! We had a fantastic turn out and visitors grooved to live tunes spun in-store, got up close and personal with our projects with our two-part photo exhibition and shopped the second-hand fashion we all love to wear, making a difference to garment workers and cotton farmers around the world.  

Milestone: A decade funding Nagorik Uddyog  

October marked Traid’s tenth year supporting our long-term project Supporting the Children of Garment Workers with our charity partner Nagorik Uddyog. Entering 2024, we are delighted to continue funding this excellent cause – find out more  about what went on in 2023 and the next steps for this project in 2024.  

Spreading the Word 

Second-hand fashion is well and truly on the rise and predicted to overtake mainstream fashion retail by the end of the decade. It’s now more important than ever to showcase the power of second-hand. Throughout 2023, Traid CEO Maria Chenoweth shared the importance of wearing, donating and shopping #secondhandfirst, joining panel discussions, podcasts and giving news interviews to highlight the good that comes from charity retail, one of the kindest retail models out there.

Hear Maria’s latest podcast interview with fellow Charity Super.Mkt co-founder Wayne Hemingway, ‘Talking Shop’ by Retail Sector here.