The brand new assortment showcases six Black designers via the lately launched Sew Repair Freestyle characteristic, which permits subscribers to buy from a customized on-line boutique, slightly than to attend for his or her recurring subscription bins. The showcased designers – Diarrablu, Busayo, Kahmune, Marcus Alexander, Sarep + Rose, and Chloe Kristyn – are the inaugural winners of Sew Repair’s Elevate grant and mentorship program.
Over the course of eight months, the designers labored with the corporate’s management workforce and entry their in depth information assets to not solely develop their present line of merchandise and design new gadgets solely for The Elevate assortment. The grantees additionally acquired a $25,000 money present to reinvest of their companies.
“We’re dedicated to accelerating change throughout the attire trade and our personal vendor base and we couldn’t be extra excited to launch the primary assortment of our Elevate grant and mentorship program,” Sew Repair Girls’s normal supervisor Loretta Choy stated in an announcement. “This launch is one a part of our broader social affect imaginative and prescient to create a extra sustainable and equitable world. We’re excited to help the following era of entrepreneurs of colour in vogue and share their tales and unimaginable abilities with our group.”
As they developed The Elevate program, Sew Repair tapped Harlem’s Style Row (HFR) and founder Brandice Daniel to offer suggestions that may maintain this system genuine and optimize the success of the chosen grant recipients. The partnership fell proper consistent with what HFR does of their common scope of labor, supporting rising expertise and offering a platform for designers of colour.
Purposes for the following iteration of The Elevate grant program are open via Oct. 31. Extra data could be discovered on Sew Repair’s devoted web site for the grant.