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Industry + Insights / May 16, 2013 / Vera Wen
Fashion enthusiasts and tech community came together and enjoyed “Swap in the City” hosted by LePrix & Dewdrop
Washington, D.C., May 13th, 2013 – Over 200 guests including fashion bloggers, designers and founders came out dressed to impress last Thursday May 9th, to enjoy a charity swap party and fashion show hosted by SNOBSWAP & Dewdrop at tech startup hub 1776. The night celebrated fashion and tech to raise awareness and funds for Becky’s Fund, a non-profit helping victims of domestic violence. Attendees came with excitement bringing their designer goods from their closets to trade with other guests. Indulging in the sample sale like frenzy, everyone was eager to find the best pieces to take home. Amongst the many items that were swapped included Marc Jacobs, BCBG and Balenciaga purses, Escada skirt, Prada trench coat, and Michael Kors flats. “This was a valuable experience for to come offline for one night and connect with our local members and enhance the swapping experience online,” says Elise Whang, CEO of SNOBSWAP. The night was emceed by Julie Donaldson, an anchor for Comcast SportsNet, who looked stunning in a dress provided by SNOBSWAP store partner, TARI. After enjoying shopping, cocktails, and a tasting of exquisite Japanese hors d'oeuvres by master sushi chef Niki, guests were led towards a lively red carpet fashion show. The show featured a sneak preview of curated pieces from SNOBSWAP’s secret celebrity closet available for grabs at and ended with a collection of Brazilian swimwear by local designer Emily Gonzaga’s label D’Milikah. Guest celebrities, such as Mrs. DC America and popular fashion bloggers such as Elle of Elle Choi, Liz Fassbender of So Much to Smile About and co-founder of CapFABB, and Comme Coco’s Jen Jean-Pierre also shared their closets and spring style tips. Founder of Dewdrop, Kristine Thomas said, “We were thrilled to put together an evening of high end swapping for a wonderful cause and an opportunity for guests to update their wardrobes in an environmentally friendly way.” It was an evening where innovation and creativity came together to celebrate the growing fashion and tech communities in DC. “The night was an exciting gathering of leaders in this [fashion and tech] space uniting for a worthy cause led by Becky's Fund”, said Whang. "Through this fabulous and successful event, Becky's Fund was able to educate the community about domestic violence while showing support for the many survivors who live day to day trying to rebuild their confidence and lives,” said Becky Lee, founder of Becky's Fund. Big thanks to all our sponsors including:
Niki Sushi
  [Olivia Demsko wearing Dolce & Gabbana gown from Photo credit: Ivonne Chang] [Lauren Barber wearing CIDA style swimwear from D’Milikah. Photo credit: Ivonne Chang] [Guest enjoying the swap. Photo credit: Ivonne Chang] [Models and bloggers with Anchyi Wei, Washingtonian style setter and Vera Wen, SNOBSWAP. Photo credit: Mark Kanawati]    [Anchyi Wei, Washingtonian style setter and Elise Whang, CEO & Co-founder of SNOBSWAP. Photo credit: Mark Kanawati] [Howard Lee, Becky’s Fund, Becky Lee, Founder of Becky’s Fund, Fran Holuba, Becky’s Fund, Karen Park, Michael Clement, ArtJamz. Photo credit: Mark Kanawati] [Sara Mokhtari, TARI, Elise Whang, CEO & Co-founder of SNOBSWAP, Kristine Thomas, Founder of Dewdrop. Photo credit: Mark Kanawati]
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