Got you depressed by the pandemic wardrobe? Portland-based company aims to help


The Reframe Collective hopes others will see the joy that awaits them in their wardrobes.

The Reframe Collective has a list of services in its Wardrobe Resourcery series to help you get rid of your wardrobe in the event of a pandemic. (All photos are copyright of The Reframe Collective and Caitlin Quinn)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – For those who want to give their closets a fresh start for the New Year, a Portland company is offering a way to shake up your pandemic style with sustainability at the forefront.

The Reframing Collective hosts a series of “wardrobe resources” including clothing swap parties, wardrobe consultations and “modification” workshops. Caitlin Quinn, part of the collective’s creative director, started the wardrobe series for people to express themselves through clothing.

Two years after the start of the pandemic, Quinn hopes their services can help those in need of change.

“You can go to your wardrobe and say, ‘I feel so inspired. I want everyone to know that today is my day. It’s my year, ”said Quinn, who uses the pronouns she / they. “You can (also) say ‘I feel bad’… I need to put on something to transform what I’m feeling, so I’m going to come out of what I’m feeling and call it what I ‘want to feel.

Quinn studied costume design at Western Washington University and ran a costume store for a few years. With the help of their partner, they created the Reframe Collective last March as a makerspace for the community.

Caitlin Quinn helps people spice up their wardrobes as part of the Reframe Collective’s “Wardrobe Resourcery” series. (All photos are copyright of The Reframe Collective and Caitlin Quinn)

The company also offers a nursery school, a school tool and home project consultations.

Despite the other services available, Quinn’s Wardrobe Resourcery series holds a special place in their hearts.

“Someone who uses clothing as an art form to help people make the transition and transform into the person they hope to become,” Quinn said.

The “alteration” workshops offer an exchange of clothes between participants to exchange tips. This includes an afternoon personal growth workshop.

When it comes to one-on-one coaching, people are given advice on what clothing to empower them and Quinn will go out into the community to research selected items for that particular person. These items can be found in thrift stores around Portland or clothing that others no longer need.

Quinn is also removing tags and sizing so people can focus on the fit of clothes first.

“If you prefer certain materials – like just natural fibers – then we can totally talk about it, and I’ll make it happen,” Quinn said. “But I think there’s a different way of approaching clothes when we don’t know what size they are and we don’t know where they’re coming from.”

Regarding pricing, Quinn said the services operate on the original price, suggested donation, or a sliding scale based on people’s income.


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