Pantaloons, playsuits and ra ra skirts – these might not be the first words which come to mind when the subject of women’s empowerment arises, but think again.
Innovative children’s clothing brand Mini Stitches are showing how to use business to nurture a diverse community, all while dealing in soft stripes and geometric prints.
The East London social enterprise empowers disadvantaged women in the area by providing employment, training and English classes. Each Mini Stitches item is unisex and produced largely by Bangladeshi women from Tower Hamlets in East London, with up to 75 per cent unemployment in their community.
Responding to a growing demand for ethically-produced clothing in the UK, the charity designs on-trend kids’ clothing and reinvests the profits straight back into the services they offer.
— Mini Stitches London (@MiniStitchesLdn) July 3, 2018
Using only ethically-sourced materials and fabrics in the manufacture of their contemporary collection, Mini Stitches was born out of charity Stitches in Time which has been behind creative projects in the area for 20 years.