Long Live Paper Dress!

by Stephen Dix in London, England, United Kingdom

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 15th April 2020 at 10:08pm

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

by Stephen Dix in London, England, United Kingdom

Long Live Paper Dress! #saveculture

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...

Since the government announced that citizens should 'avoid pubs and clubs' and minimise social contact, we've sadly shut down our music venue and cancelled our regular timetable at Paper Dress Yoga for the foreseeable future (although we have been able to move some of our vintage treasures and yoga online).

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 - at the moment it's unclear how long this shutdown will continue.

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! 

What's the current situation at Paper Dress?

As a small independent business operating on thin margins, we'll struggle to meet our outgoings if we suffer a prolonged period of closure.

We've calculated that our weekly expenditure is around £5k which includes rent on 2 properties, wages, loan interest, utilities and all the other demands small businesses are faced with. We have already lost our tenant for the gallery space due to the outbreak.

Whilst we hope that this shutdown will not last for too long we're preparing for the reality that we may have to close for up to 12 weeks (£5k x 12 = gulp!!), or longer, hence taking these early steps to get ahead of the curve with this call to arms...

Help us support our freelance staff..

We're also very concerned about the well-being of both our temp bar staff and our treasured & talented team of freelance sound engineers and yoga teachers who've seen their work disappear, from not only our venue but all their other clients. Finally now the government has announced a package of measures for the self-employed, however with with payments not landing till June that leaves them in a very precarious position. So this is for them too - pictured below during happier times!

How can we help?

Well... we've come up with a long list of creative options for you to support us, including 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! #saveculture

Thank you for reading.

We will be back!

PDVx

p.s. Support the NHS. Stay at home. 

Please note: 

Firstly, we are mindful that this is a huge global crisis and many people are also suffering both financially and physically, and many far more so than ourselves. Compassion and kindness for ourselves and each other is key at the moment, and our thoughts are with all those who have been affected. 

Secondly, we've been closely following the news from the Treasury about Government-funded support for small businesses. We welcome the suspension of business rates and the most recent announcement that government will cover 80% of wages for staff for 3 months is also a big reassurance to us. We watch with interest the small print around the grants available to small businesses. We've approached both our landlords about rent reductions and we await to hear what they can offer us. We're taking all efforts to be creative and keep ourselves afloat in these times of great uncertainty. 

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.)

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£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!

£8 or more

Book yourself in for an online yoga class!

A great way to regularly support us whilst you're in lockdown, whilst also keeping you active and calming the mind in these anxious times. Classes are streamed from our amazing teachers' living rooms via Zoom at 9.30am, 12.30pm & 7pm Mon-Fri, Saturday 9am and Sunday 10am & 4.30pm. 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.

£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

20 of 300 claimed

Ticket to our relaunch weekend!

Imagine the scenes! You've been in lockdown for 12 weeks and now you're out and Paper Dress is throwing a huge party and you've got a bloody ticket! It'll be either a Friday or Saturday night and we'll email you nearer the time 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 place to be!

£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 anxious times. Classes are streamed online from our amazing teachers' living rooms via Zoom at 9.30am, 12.30pm & 7pm Mon-Fri, Saturday 9am and Sunday 10am & 4.30pm. 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

£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...

£20 or more

Buy a round of Virtual Pints! - £20

Many venues around the country are also facing a tough time right now. We'll be donating all the money from this reward directly to the Virtual Pints fund, as well as a contribution from our own Crowdfunder which will be diverted to those in greatest need. #VirtualPints

£30 or more

37 of 60 claimed

Beer & bog roll delivered to your door! (12 pack)

Our taps are dry but you can still buy our beer! We've teamed up with Hackney Brewery who'll deliver a case of pale ale direct to your door, we'll also throw in a toilet roll as everyone needs one of those right now! Support us and them to keep going and enjoy some delicious craft beer whilst self-isolating. Delivery is free and limited to E, EC & N post codes. We'll email you to arrange a convenient time to deliver.

£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!

Keep active & calm the mind at home with unlimited pass. The classes are powered by the Zoom app and are currently scheduled for 9.30am, 12.30pm & 7pm Mon-Fri, Saturday 9am and Sunday 10am & 4.30pm. We'll email you all the ins and outs of how it works. For more info about the studio, or to book a single class to try it out 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.

£60 or more

2 of 40 claimed

Beer & bog roll delivered to your door! (24 pack)

Our taps are dry but you can still buy our beer! We've teamed up with Hackney Brewery who'll deliver a case of pale ale direct to your door, we'll also throw in a toilet roll as everyone needs one of those right now! Support us and them to keep going and enjoy some delicious craft beer whilst self-isolating. Delivery is free and limited to E, EC & N post codes. We'll email you to arrange a convenient time to deliver.

£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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