Emmaus Leeds has joined Re:Pair Lab, a new pop-up initiative from Trinity Leeds owner Landsec, partnering with Leeds Beckett University and Hemingway Design. 

Launched on Thursday 13 June, Re:Pair Lab is an initiative promoting sustainability, creativity, and community in the heart of Leeds. Over the 12-week pop up, Re:Pair Lab will feature rotating residencies from Leeds fashion students, local designers and fashion businesses, who will collaborate with Emmaus Leeds to repair and transform donated clothing.   

Hands-on creative workshops will also be held to educate and empower guests to learn DIY techniques for altering and upcycling clothing for themselves.  

Gina Morrison, Executive Lead at Emmaus Leeds said: 

Everyone at Emmaus Leeds is thrilled to be part of this innovative project, working alongside young designers to showcase their talents through their incredible fashion transformations.  We are providing the garments to be re-fashioned, and we are also grateful to Hemingway Design for giving us the opportunity to bring our own vintage collection to Trinity.  All of the items we have for sale in the space have been donated by our supporters throughout Leeds so we hope to see plenty of you there.

The first Re:Pair Lab rotation will run from 13 June to 4 July and will include local talent Wanner Label, Alice D Designs, Tomo and Trad Collective, plus a curated selection of clothing from Emmaus Leeds. 

Wayne Hemmingway, founder of Hemmingway Design and Charity Super.Mkt, said: 

 “The Re:Pair Lab gives designer makers and secondhand sellers a place to ‘have a go’ in a collaborative space in a high footfall, popular city centre location. It pairs designer-makers with a brilliant charity to repair and remake secondhand items, promoting sustainable consumption practices.” 

Re:Pair Lab will be located at Trinity Leeds from June 13th until September 8th, on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 7pm, and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.