Long Live Paper Dress!

by Paper Dress Vintage in London, England, United Kingdom


raised of £12,000 target


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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 1st September 2020 at 8:00pm

Help Paper Dress Vintage and our team of freelance sound engineers, bar staff and yoga teachers survive this global storm of COVID-19!

by Paper Dress Vintage in London, England, United Kingdom

Long Live Paper Dress! 

Hannah started Paper Dress as a vintage shop in 2007 and over the years has added a coffee shop, bar, music venue and a yoga studio - not to mention a husband, Steve, to the business. Paper Dress was, until recently, a thriving grassroots music venue supported by Arts Council England and recognised as an important cultural destination in Hackney, a place where all are welcome, the beer is tasty and the people friendly...

What's the current situation at Paper Dress?

Since the Covid-19 pandemic has gripped the country, we've sadly shut down our music venue and yoga studio until further notice..

We're worried about what this closure will mean for us and the future of our community, particularly our freelance staff, as well as the wider network of grassroots music venues across the UK who are all struggling with similar challenges. It's also clear that, even when lockdown is lifted, it will take time for us to be able to open fully and operate at a level that will meet our monthly outgoings over the coming year - socially distanced gigs and yoga classes just aren't economically viable.

We've calculated that our monthly expenditure on rent on two properties, wages, loan interest, utilities and all the other demands small businesses are faced with is about £12,000. We have been supported with a government grant but that money is slowly dwindling and we are looking at a very uncertain and rocky future right now.

A bit more about us...

With our signature black & white flooring and red curtains we've stamped our personal taste and passions all over the business; lovingly-curated vintage delights line the walls, the fridges are packed with local independent breweries and we throw all our love and dedication into every event. Imagine the elegance and style of an art deco prohibition bar with the pop art fun of 60s Biba....our trademark is a friendly house party atmosphere but with a world class sound system and plenty of psychedelic lights! 

“A bit like stumbling into the house party of someone with an exceptionally curated wardrobe… a place to catch future stars at their most formative period”(Time Out London)

Next door to the venue we've built a fantastic community of yoga teachers and students with our welcoming studio - who'd have thought quiet yoga haven (shhh!) and a LOUD venue could co-exist hand-in-hand! 

How can we help?

Your donations will be used to help us keep hold of our building, support our freelance sound engineers who are currently out of work, and leave us in a position where we will be able to survive the troubled months we have ahead of us.

We've come up with a long list of creative options for you to support us, including some lovely handmade vintage face coverings, delivering our beer to your door as part of our new virtual pop-up 'It's the end of the world as we know it' (thanks Hackney Brewery!), bar tabs, tickets for our relaunch weekend, online yoga classes and more (see the rewards tab)! 

Even if you've never visited but like the sound of what we're doing and support arts, culture, underground music and good vibes then consider supporting us, and make sure you put that right when we're-open! #SaveOurVenues

Thank you for reading.

We will be back!


Here's a few quotes from some of our community:

"Just brilliant. A fabulous, small, friendly venue with a wide range of live entertainment. You will not get this close to the stage in many other places." (Neil T.)

"Love this place. Truly authentic and cool bit of East London. Great music. Fairly priced booze. Been a bunch of times and love it." (Bioux H.)

"Fantastic venue and shop run by great people trying to make a positive impact in hackney. Paper dress also hosts my favourite open mic every Sunday. Staff is knowledgeable, kind and professional. If you haven't already been, go check it out" (Jules B.)

"One  of the best small venues to visit and host at with great local  breweries on draught and in the fridges! (Steve G.)

"I've  been here for two gigs now and both times the atmosphere and staff     were sublime." (Andrew W.)

"Had a great time performing at the Paper Dress Vintage with @Halfpenny.     really quirky and different. great atmosphere and fun night out." (Ian G.)

"So cute! Great drinks, lovely clothes, friendly staff and a really quirky and intimate music venue complete with a nice big shiny disco ball. LOVE !" (Jolanta  K.)

"Very inspiring and feel at home place. Love the music and ambience." (Gabriel M.)

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

22 of 40 claimed

Handmade vintage face mask!

Our talented tailor, Jenny, has created some gorgeous face coverings! Support the cause whilst also protecting yourself and others when out in public. A great gift for a parent or a birthday! Breathable quality fabric, 4 ply with 2 layers of fabric & 2 layers of non-woven interfacing. Available in two sizes depending on head size and in a variety of pretty patterns for him or for her - we'll email you all the details. Price includes delivery.

£5 or more

Buy us a pint!

If you're not particularly flush but want to show support, buy us a pint rather than going to the pub!

£10 or more

£10 donation

Spare us a tenner to help a business you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way.

£15 or more

43 of 100 claimed

Ticket to our relaunch weekend!

We're not sure when this will happen, but happen it will! And when it does we'll be putting on a huge, joyous party full of lovely people. It'll be either a Friday or Saturday night and we'll email you to give you an option of choosing which (first come, first served for each night). Transferable. With all sport, festivals & bigger venues closed this will be the relaunch celebration to be at!

£15 or more

1 week unlimited yoga live streaming classes!

A great way to support us whilst you're in lockdown, whilst also keeping you active and calming the mind in these troubling times. Classes are streamed from our amazing teachers' living rooms via Zoom at regular times throughout the week, we'll send you an email with all the details! If you're able to pay more to support our freelance teachers then please consider doing so.

£20 or more

Support our sound tech team!

Jim, Mari, Julien, Mati & Simba. All money will be distributed between our brilliant freelance team to help them weather this storm. They work across the best venues in London, all of which are now shut. If you're in a band and have worked with them you'll know how great they are.

£20 or more

Support our bar staff!

Bee, Jenny, Rue, Ben, Indi & Jez. If you've been to Paper Dress and bought a drink you'll know how brilliant our team are! Closed venue means no bar shifts for our casual bar staff team so we'll split money all money raised here to help them get by till the beer can flow freely again...

£50 or more

Shop Voucher for Paper Dress Vintage

We've got a shop full of vintage treats for both him and for her - treat your future self to something nice when you can get back out, or buy a gift for a loved one! We will email you all the details to redeem.

£50 or more

Unlimited Yoga Streaming for 1 month!

Classes are streamed from our amazing teachers' living rooms via Zoom at regular times throughout the week, we'll send you an email with all the details! For more info about the studio, or to book a single class to try it first visit: paperdressyoga.co.uk. Help us keep our studio and teachers alive in these difficult times!

£60 or more

Private Yoga Class!

Paper Dress Yoga is ready to open our spacious studio just for you! No hands-on adjustments and the room will be well ventilated and mats and props disinfected. Yoga is great for mental well-being and we can't recommend it highly enough. All levels welcome. Classes available at regular times during the week, we will send you all the details! If you're able to pay more to support our freelance teachers then please consider doing so.

£100 or more

£100 Shop Voucher for Paper Dress Vintage

Summer is just around the corner now and you're going to want a fresh look once everyone is back out and frolicking once more in the parks and gardens of our beautiful city, time to dream..

£250 or more

£250 Bar Tab & Guestlist at Paper Dress Vintage

Free entrance to one of our in-house nights for you and up to 15 friends and £250 behind the bar. You know you're going to need a drink when all this is over! Put it on the company card and write it off as a business expense..

£500 or more

£500 Bar Tab & Guestlist at Paper Dress Vintage

Free entry to one of our in-house nights for you and up to 30 friends or colleagues and a chunk of money behind the bar - take the office or colleagues for a night out and write it off as tax deductible why don't you?

£1,000 or more

Hire the venue and put a grand behind the bar!

Once we re-open we know you're going to want to get all your friends together. Or take your office out to celebrate and make it a business write-off! Venue available Sunday to Monday within one month of our Relaunch Weekender (whenever that may be!). We'll email you all the details.

Let's make 'Long Live Paper Dress!' happen

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