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A Clean, Well-Lighted Place for Clothes: The Ruby's Clothing Swap!

Clothes! Do you have too many clothes? Are you failing to wear them, even though they’re perfectly usable? Does your wardrobe need reinvigoration? Should you probably not spend more money right now? Let your clothes bring joy into a new wearer’s life! And pick up some new-to-you clothes too. At The Ruby’s Clothing Swap, clothing will be hung onto racks and organized by type. (There will be no rifling, raccoon-like, through garbage bags!) Pick up a new outfit or four and feel good that your old clothes will find their way into a new home.

Bring your gently used clothing, shoes, and jewelry to The Ruby by Friday, November 30, so we can organize the items.

At 2 p.m., we'll have a discussion about clothes and fashion featuring Belle Bueti, Grace Lavery, Jillian Knox, and Candace Hynson, and moderated by Ruby Aku Ammah-Tagoe. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Ruby is an arts & letters–focused work and gathering space for creative Bay Area women of all definitions. All are welcome to this event with RSVP (regardless of membership status or gender identity). No walk-ins, please; we will send you details about our location via email!

About accessibility: The Ruby has a set of stairs leading up to it; please email to let us know if you require assistance, and we can help. We truly apologize for this inconvenience, are saving up for a better solution, and welcome creative ideas. 

About our panelists

About Aku Ammah-Tagoe

Aku Ammah-Tagoe gets dressed every day, usually from her home in San Francisco. Sometimes she gets dressed to teach and research contemporary literature at Stanford; sometimes to work as a plus-sized model; sometimes to express an appreciation for clean lines, strong shapes, and bright colors.

About Belle Bueti 

Belle Bueti runs Body Philosophy Club, a vintage clothing business that explores existence by way of the everyday inhabiting of clothing — soft, itchy, tight, loose, short, long. While sourcing garments from homes around the Bay Area, Belle thinks about how people choose, wear and then one day part from a garment — how our bodies, and thereby our clothes, are containers for emotions, ideas, sensations. Belle has lived in the western reaches of San Francisco for seven years and currently runs Body Philosophy Club out of a small studio in the Outer Sunset. 

About Candace Hynson

Candace Hynson is a wardrobe stylist currently living and working in San Francisco. She has been working in the industry for over 8 years and working as a Lead Stylist since 2014. Prior to that she was studying fashion design and moonlighting as a pattern maker. She has collaborated with many brands here in the Bay Area such as Apple, Old Navy, and ThredUp. 

Her work has also been featured in publications such as Solstice Magazine, The Atlas Magazine and Awkward World. When she's not on-set you can find her at the local flea marketing looking for a vintage find or planning her next excursion outside of the city. Her inspiration, just like her personal style, is eclectic. She has a thoughtful approach to styling and she's excited to bring her passion and creativity to any project that she works on. 

About Jillian Knox

Jillian Knox is a food and wardrobe stylist based in San Francisco. She got her start in 2009, after graduating from SCAD with a BFA in photography, when she opened Joules Jewels Vintage, an online vintage clothing store. She is a member of The Vintage Style Council and an advocate for sustainability and slow fashion. She has worked with brands such as Goodwill, Our Second Nature, John Fluevog, Zelma Rose, Land Rover, BRYR Clogs, Mohinders, Bon Appetit, MIXT, Boodles Gin, and more

About Grace Lavery 

Grace Lavery is an Assistant Professor of English at UC Berkeley, affiliated with the Programs in Critical Theory and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Her first book, Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan is forthcoming early next year from Princeton University Press, and she is currently conducting research on a second book-length project on realism, psychoanalysis, and the rhetoric of technique from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. From time to time she also publishes public essays on free speech, trans issues, and related political themes. She is a Pisces, a Water Pig, an Enneagram Type 3 with a 2 wing, an ENTP, an Instagram junkie, and a transsexual woman.

Earlier Event: November 30
HAPPY HOUR (AND A HALF): Ceja Vineyards
Later Event: December 3
Co-Ed Trivia Night at The Ruby