As you all know The Queensland University of Technology, (QUT) promotes itself as the “university for the real world” and actively students who attend this university demonstrate this statement throughout various student run initiatives. A few Business and Fashion students took their leanings beyond the classroom and initiated a student run Fleet Store. It is an annual retail fashion pop-up store that will be open between August 21-27. In its fifth year of operation, it is guaranteed to be as successful as its predecessors.
The return of the Fleet Store couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in the fashion calender, as the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival will also be taking place during the same period. The Fleet Store is an opportunity for QUT students to show off their hard work to the public and share different styles with fashion consumers.
As The Fleet Store will be held within the South Bank Cultural Precinct, this year’s theme will encapsulate the essence of contemporary art and Australiana. I encourage not only just fashion lovers but also entrepreneurs to swing by and visit the pop-up store and see what current QUT students are doing outside of their studies. You can expect to shop a range of accessories, garments and artwork designed and created by current QUT students and notable alumni including the likes of SOOT and Tilly Jewellery.
In association with State Library Queensland, The Fleet Store will host a one-day Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event, entitled ‘Totes for Tots’, on Tuesday 25, August 2015 from 9am-6pm. QUT staff and students will be sewing library bags for Prep children to encourage interest and learning in literacy. Literacy includes talking, listening, visual literacies such as viewing and drawing, and critical thinking—not just reading and writing.
The Salvation Army has kindly donated approximately 200 jeans which The Fleet Store volunteers will up-cycle into totes. In case you have ever wondered where all your donated clothing items to the salvation army sometimes end up, this is a perfect example of your old jeans being put to good use.
As seen below, Ashley Donald, (CSR Manager) is photographed wearing one of the totes. Although old jeans have been used to make this tote, it is still quite fashionable and trendy. Tote bags are a trend at the moment and major international brands such as Levi’s currently have denim tote bags in stock.
I am a fan of tote bags because they are the perfect bag for a uni student, especially those of us who have too much to carry. If you are tired of ruining your favorite handbags, perhaps you should consider getting on the tote band wagon too. ‘Totes for Tots’ is kindly supported by QUT Creative Industries, The Salvation Army and State Library of Queensland.