06 Aug Fashion Talk: Dewdrop DC’s Kristine Thomas
by ATFDC Contributor Barbara Collins
Everyone knows when you’re a fashionista on a budget thrifting is the way to go. However, another great way to save some big bucks on fashion items is to attend a Dewdrop DC swapping event! Dewdrop DC is an organization that is committed to bringing fashionistas like you the latest in style by highlighting indie designers, vintage curators, second-hand and restyled clothing, local retailers, as well as related events in DC. Inspired by the biggest fashion designers across the globe, Dewdrop brings you wonderful items in an accessible and affordable way! Kristine Thomas, the founder of Dewdrop and her team produces forward clothing swaps every couple of months for you stylish locals to gossip and of course SWAP!
Read on to learn more about the founder, Kristine Thomas and plus our exclusive All Things Fashion DC interview with the lovely swapper!
All Things Fashion DC (ATFDC): So you’re a native of Washington, D.C. What do you love most about living in the national’s capital?
Kristine Thomas (KT): I love how DC is an emerging creative city—there are a lot of independent fashion shops cropping up and a lot of established brands are opening stores here now.
ATFDC: What stores do you love to go to in D.C. for great fashion finds?
KT: I do think Pretty People in Alexandria has a great selection of vintage. I also love thrifting so I go to just about all of the thrift stores I can find!
ATFDC: So when did you first establish Dewdrop?
KT: Just last fall!
ATFDC: How did you come up with the name Dewdrop?
KT: I was flipping through Lucky magazine and you know where they highlight each type of figure and show which outfits look best on them? Well, one of them was the Dewdrop figure and so I thought that just had a ring to it for a company name! Of course, we cater to all figures at our swaps—from petite to plus size!
ATFDC: How did you come up with the idea?
KT: Did you get any inspiration from previous swap events you may have attended? Yes. I went to my first official swap just last summer, when the Swapaholics came to DC! I thought that was so me—I’m into fashion and recycling so I thought, “why not create an event myself and focus on the DC area!”
ATFDC: What was your greatest find from a clothing swap event?
KT: A short, black BCBG dress with crochet-like detailing.
ATFDC: Can tell us what one can expect at a Dewdrop event?
KT: We cater to the more fashion-conscious crowd so we select on trend items in good condition. We usually have vendors, raffle prizes, photo-ops, and swag bags to add to the fun!
ATFDC: How often does Dewdrop have swap events?
KT: Every couple of months.
ATFDC: How can we learn more about these wonderful clothing swaps?
KT: Through my website, www.dewdropdc.com. I also have a Facebook and twitter page, DewdropLLC. Plus, I have a Meetup group, Dewdrop Swap Meetup Group, with nearly 200 members!
ATFDC: I read that you studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology. What did you study?
KT: Marketing and Communications
ATFDC: You also worked with New York Fashion Week. Can you describe your experience?
KT: I was a dresser for the models when I was going to school. Backstage is not as glamorous as what you see on the runway. It’s actually quite chaotic! You have to be quick to dress them, know which top goes with which pant or skirt, what they’ re going to wear next, and which model is wearing what. It was still fun. I loved the energy and being around the clothes and people in the fashion industry.
ATFDC: Lastly, what do you have to say to the people who are unsure of attending a clothing swap event?
KT: The clothes are stylish and clean. Our events are not chaotic at all—in fact, the attendees are helpful in giving fashion advice if someone is unsure about an item they picked out. Our events are largely attended by the fashion blogger crowd as well so it’s likely they meet other bloggers, old or new and just have a great time!
Barbara is a sophomore at Old Dominion University, majoring in International Studies with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. She also writes for CocoKouture Magazine and would love to pursue a career in the fashion industry as a writer for a top fashion magazine