Bombast: circular fashion + jobs for young people

by Rosie Mitchell in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 14th January 2020 we successfully raised £1,720 with 42 supporters in 56 days

Bombast is a social enterprise aiming to provide training and employment for young people through our sustainable streetwear collections

by Rosie Mitchell in London, England, United Kingdom

Picture the scene: You're a creative, talented young person desperate to get into the fashion industry, and you're looking for the first step on the career ladder. You do some research and find an internship- great! Oh wait. It's unpaid. 

Here's the problem: You're from a low income background and your parents can't support you. You need to pay rent. And you need to buy food. And get there. The internship is for 6 months, and is full time. You find out you might need to do three internships before you find a job. 

You aren't the problem, the industry is. 

Picture the scene: You're a vibrant, talented young person working as a garment worker in Cambodia. You are underpaid, and have no labour rights. You are required to produce 500 pieces of clothing an hour, which Britons will buy and wear once, maybe twice, before it joins the £140 million of clothing a year that we send to landfill.  

The industry has a problem, and it might seem too big to solve. But there are solutions. 

Picture the scene: it's 1966, and you're a creative, talented young person. You get a job as a garment worker in Manchester. You are paid fairly, and receive training. In two years, you are working on complicated pieces, and earning more than your father. You are able to support yourself, and save money, and learn on the job. 

This is a real scene. This was my grandma's story, and it shows that the fashion industry can be better. This is where Bombast comes in.

Bombast is a fashion label with a business model that:

  • Invests in the skills of future fashion professionals, rather than exploiting them for unpaid work 
  • Allows young people to earn money while they are training 
  • Brings garment production back to the UK, ensuring fair wages and working conditions
  • Uses innovative solutions to achieve a circular fashion economy
  • Sources remnant fabrics and clever pattern cutting techniques to reduce waste 
  • Helps our customers look their best, while doing their best for people and planet.

How does it work? What will the money raised be used for? 

The money raised will be used to pilot the programme with a cohort of young people, create the first Bombast collection which will fund subsequent programmes, and raise awareness and support via our Young Fashion Week event. 

During the programme young people will

  • Attend sustainable fashion and professional development classes
  • Work on their own sustainable fashion design project 
  • Be responsible for creating pieces from the Bombast collection

At the end of the ten-week cycle, the Bombast collection will launch at a Young Fashion Week event, where the young people will also present their own design projects they have completed. 

Money made from the sales of the Bombast collections will go directly back into running the next programme, but to launch we need your help - see our rewards packages below for ways you can be part of our own fashion revolution!



Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Entry into our prize draw to win our CJB joggers

One £5 donation gets you one entry to win a one of a kind pair of our CJB joggers. A size medium (men's small, women's size 12-14) and made from end-of-roll deadstock fabrics, these are fuschia, silky and comfy all rolled into one completely unique bundle. You can enter as many times as you like (i.e. a £10 entry gets you two entries, just make sure you write 'competition entry' in your comment and make sure I'm able to access your contact)

£10 or more

7 of 20 claimed

Beeswax Wraps

A set of four handmade beeswax wraps made from deadstock or offcut fabrics. Use them to cover leftovers or wrap up a picnic! To see a picture of them, just visit @bombast_label on either twitter or instagram

£20 or more

4 of 15 claimed

Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Pads

Pledge £20 and receive a pack of 7 handmade washable cleanser/makeup remover pads, made from cute off cut fabrics and soft cotton. There's one for every day of the week, just pop them in the washing machine at the end of the week. To see a picture of them, just visit @bombast_label on either twitter or instagram

£100 or more

0 of 75 claimed

Our CJB Joggers or Turtleneck

You'll receive a voucher for either our CJB joggers or turtleneck, which are lovingly made from fabric offcuts from the textile industry. The pieces are made using innovative pattern cutting solutions inspired by Korean Jogakbo patchwork. See our instagram @bombast_label for more details.

£200 or more

1 of 75 claimed

Our CJB Dress or Jacket

You'll receive a voucher for either our CJB dress or jacket, which are lovingly made from fabric offcuts from the textile industry. The pieces are made using innovative pattern cutting solutions inspired by Korean Jogakbo patchwork. See our instagram @bombast_label for more details.

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A Custom Piece

You'll work with our designers to create a custom piece from our collection. The pieces are made using innovative pattern cutting solutions inspired by Korean Jogakbo patchwork. See our instagram @bombast_label for more details.

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