The Open Closet in Seoul
January 4, 2014
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The Open Closet is an NGO that has recently been set up in Seoul, with support from Seoul Metropolitan City to allow people to share clothing that they do not need every day. The focus starting out is on formal clothes that young people may need for job interviews.
The description on the website of the Open Closet explains.
“The ‘Open Closet’ started from the idea that people could just open up their closets and simply share all of their clothes. But we realize that the concept of a ‘common economic system’ is so ambiguous in Korea that just saying people will share all their clothes is just not feasible. So we reduced the range of the clothes to be shared. We thought, what sort of clothes are most crucial, and for which people? When we pondered the question, what came to mind naturally was formal clothing for interviews. Many believe that formal clothes that they buy they will continue to wear even after they are successful in their application, but we have observed that often those close are just kept in the closet. A donation of those formal clothes that ‘sleep in the closet’ can help out youth who are seeking employment these days in these difficult times.”
The Open Closet is an NGO run together with support from Seoul Metropolitan City that permits people to share clothes with each other. The present focus is on providing formal clothes for youth who are interviewing for jobs.