The East-London based charity Stitches in Time is the brains behind the gorgeous soft stripes, geometric prints and pastel colours of kids’ clothing brand Mini Stitches.
Each piece is designed and made entirely be women involved in the charity’s training programme, which aims to empower the Bangladeshi women of Tower Hamlets, an area of high deprivation, with 75% of the women in the community facing unemployment thanks to barriers like a lack of qualifications, employment experience and and English not being their first language.
The Mini Stitches free training programme provides training in garment manufacture, English classes, one-to-one support, mentoring and I.T. support, all of which build confidence, combat social isolation and help women progress towards employment.
Damsel & Daughter
Founder Mai Gornall created by Damsel & Daughter to marry her love of crafts with social consciousness in a way that responded to the issues she saw surrounding women in poverty.
Each Damsel & Daughter purse is handmade in Hackney from vegan leather off cuts, with proceeds going towards producing feminine care kits for disadvantaged women in Hackney, and distributed through local night shelters; The Manna Society and the Hackney Migrant Centre. There’s currently 20% off Damsel & Daughter at The Big Issue Shop
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