Pop-Up: Mini Stitches
— 7 Jan 2019 by Andrew Squire
Tell us about who you are and what you do?
Mini Stitches is the social enterprise arm of community arts charity Stitches in Time, supporting vulnerable, long-term unemployed BAME women, mainly from Bangladesh. Our innovative garment manufacturing service and training program drives positive social change whilst aiming to transform the British manufacturing industry. Our enterprising production service meets a growing demand for affordable, UK based ethical clothing manufacture. With the launch of our in-house clothing brand we have been able to offer increased training and employment opportunities to our beneficiaries. We are now looking for crucial routes into retail in order to sell stock products made by the women to ensure we can continue to successfully support vulnerable women into sustained employment.
Which song best sums up your brand?
No idea! the song the kids always choose during the photo shoot is the theme song from Frozen!
What can we expect from your stay at BOXPARK?
Cool and responsibly made kid’s and women’s fashion. Mini Stitches is a brand that brings out the creative and playful in all of us. Fun and quirky styles in contemporary, directional shapes that appeal to the fashion forward and ethically minded.
Which piece from your current collection is your favourite?
What’s the best reason to come to Shoreditch for a shopping spree?
Independent brands, unique styles, interesting people, creative hub.
What’s your top Shoreditch tip?
Go to Luna and Curious, a really cool concept store on Calvert Avenue (womenswear, kids and home wear). If your looking for a good old traditional East End boozer after a hard days shopping, head down Brick Lane and turn onto Heneage Street where you'll find the Pride of Spitalfields.
What does the future hold for your brand?
Our long term aim is to become the UK's first employee owned ethical fashion brand, supporting marginalised communities across the UK.