World 46, Exploration A

This Instagram page belongs to a World 46 clothing library called ‘Louer’. The name is a French translation of the word rent, which is an easy one word description for how this clothing library operates. In this world, everyone has new (but old) outfits, social media is still just as big as new clothing is much more affordable and accessible – there are less high street shops and more people in high end garments. The clothing comes from donations from companies past seasons/old stock, sold by brands by weight; like in vintage events. People who donate get a voucher off the subscription fee or off the rent. Like in usual libraries, there are fines for people not returning on time or at all. This clothing library has almost everything on loan, apart from Pj’s, gym wear and underwear which would cause hygiene issues.

This Exploration was contributed by Kamila Galysa, Heather Dagnall, Kirsty Eglon and Zoe Davies (located in the UK), developed from a World contributed by Amy Twigger Holroyd, using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the authors and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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