Spring Fashion Calendar: Clothing Swap, Designer Appearance and Parties You Won’t Want to Miss

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Give and Take

What: First annual Give Two, Take One clothing swap and clothing drive presented by the Academy of Art University’s student fashion club and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco

When: Saturday, April 17th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Academy of Art University 79 Gallery, 79 New Montgomery Street (between Mission and Jessie Streets), San Francisco

Why: Update your overstuffed closet while enjoying live jazz music by The Sebastian Parker Trio, snagging beauty advice from local artist Chris Scott, and supporting a worthy cause.

Info: Entrance is free for those with swap tickets or donation clothing.  Otherwise there is a $2 cash entrance fee. For every two items of clothing and/or accessories donated, donors will receive one “swap ticket” to exchange for one item of their choice at the event.

Acceptable donations include clothing, jewelry, shoes and other accessories such as hats, scarves, gloves, belts, and handbags. All items should be clean and in excellent condition. Undergarments, children’s clothing, or any items with signs of damage and stains will not be accepted. All remaining items will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which helps to feed, clothe, and shelter more than 75,000 individuals per year.

Denim Do

What: Meet Cookie Johnson for her debut appearance at Neiman Marcus Union Square

When: Saturday, April 17, 1-5 p.m.

Where: 150 Stockton St., San Francisco

Why: Learn how the wife of basketball legend Earvin Johnson makes magic with her premium denim line, Cj by Cookie Johnson, designed for “real” women with curves

Courtesy of Shop Social

Happy Hours

What: Shop Social party hosted by Chictopia.com and DNA (Designers and Artists)

When: Tuesday, April 20, 6-9:30 p.m.

Where: W Hotel, 181 Third St., San Francisco

Why: Grab a cocktail while shopping for local, indie and established brands at 30 to 70% off retail.

Info: Register at shopsocial.eventbrite.com and receive a $10 shopping voucher sent via email prior to the event. Space is limited.

Recycled Couture

What: St. Vincent de Paul’s Sixth Annual Discarded to Divine Auction

When: Thursday, April 29, 5 p.m. VIP party, 6 p.m. cocktail party and silent auction, 8 p.m. live auction

Where: The Hall at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco

Why: See donated clothes transformed into one-of-a-kind fashion and home décor, auctioned to benefit those suffering from poverty, homelessness and domestic violence.

Info: Tickets $75 and up

Chill Out

What: Chillin’ Productions 12th Anniversary Party

When: Saturday, May 1, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie Street, San Francisco

Why: Soak in DJ music and live painting while perusing the work of more than 180 local artists and 80 indie fashion designers.

Info: $10 at the door; 21 and over with ID

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