I held an Upcycling and Swap Shop event with Vegan Shoe Brand, Melissa this week.

Brazillian brand Melissa makes cute plastic shoes which smell like sweets, yes really that’s a thing! A bit like Lotso the Strawberry smelling bear from Toy Story…but as shoes and bags!
Here’s the geeky info: Melissa Shoes are made from MELFLEX plastic, a patented, hypo-allergenic, recyclable, and extremely flexible PVC. The shoes are totally cruelty-free and devoid of animal products.

They are a totally vegan shoe brand and are starting to head towards more of a recycled, sustainable direction too. In order to talk more about their mentality and ideas for recycling, we decided to hold a workshop event together.

I hosted the event which had 4 workshop areas:

  • Heat Press,
  • Diamonds and Beads with a Glue Gun,
  • Pens and Sprays
  • and Sewing, Patches and Pins.

The lovely Melissa team (with some help from Protein Agency) made us custom Kitty Cowell patches for the event and it blew my mind to see them in real life! Of course, I asked for flaming hearts…!

See below – they were hand made and you could sew them on to your bags/items…

The awesome team at Punky Pins sent us some of their amazing Vegan pin range and some very cute patches so we could use them in the workshop. They went down very well with everyone!

We had SUCH A FUN NIGHT! I was overwhelmed which how much everyone got stuck in and made AMAZING customised pieces and it was so cool to see all the swap shop stuff get picked up and customised too.

To explain if you haven’t heard of one before; a swap shop is where people bring items they no longer wear and swap them with other people so everyone gets new items to go home with!

The best Fordtography took the pics and there’s amount 19292929 more below! Hope you like!!


I wasn’t paid to write this post but I was of course paid to hold the event. I just had such a great time and wanted to share it with you all on the blog!

If you would LOVE to come to one of these events another time let me know in comments on my IG: https://instagram.com/kittycowell and maybe we can do more!