Hi, I'm Sophie, a clothing designer-maker, and the founder of the brand new clothing company S. HAWKINS.
We are raising £10,000 for our next project, working with Japanese environmentally-friendly material-masters, and artisan menders to create a 'fashion-industry-first' run of made to measure, minimum waste, made to last, made to standout, Jumpsuits.
WHO WE ARE
We are an inclusive company, made up of talented creative freelancers, and ethical clothing manufacturers. We work together to produce sustainable garments for the whole of U.K., while also working close to home, using on-line and in-person making and mending workshops with children and adults to unite local communities.
We work with artisans, charities, and eco-conscious brands to develop sustainable solutions for the Global fashion industry.
We are part of an international movement, working from small and large fashion houses alike, towards a greener and more sustainable future for the fashion industry. We push stricter and clearer guidelines, and move in tandem with global movements such as 'Make Fashion Circular'.
HOW WE WORK
Our promise to our customers and manufacturers is that we will always:
- use safe and renewable materials
- make clothes that are durable, stylish and comfortable
- make clothes intended to travel with you, to be mended and upcycled.
WHAT WE MAKE
One of Sophie's designs from her previous company in 2019 included a jumpsuit that we made in-house. We wore it everyday and the feedback from our other wearers around the world was unanimously positive! More women now want one than we can hand-make in our studio...
WHAT YOU ARE SUPPORTING
The Future of S. HAWKINS, and the Future of Fashion.
For 2020 we want to make enough Jumpsuits to match the demand, without losing sight of our role in the global push for sustainability. From a trip in 2019 we made connections with organic cotton weavers and dyers and ethical manufacturers in a small area of Japan. They dye their fabrics with 75% less water, creating beautiful sustainable colours. We are now collaborating with them on a limited number of 300 made-to-measure Jumpsuits, reducing the number of unwanted/ ill-fitting clothes to 0, and supporting sustainable and ethical production.
The £10,000 we are raising will allow us to start production of the Jumpsuits and put in place the support for the manufacturers and buyers to create sustainable clothes.
We will be able to build long-standing relationships with a number of the worlds 'Make Fashion Circular' approved garment manufacturers. As well as creating a global community, empowering our customers, teaching them the skills to care for and nurture the garments that they wear.
The money raised will allow us to continue working with our burgeoning community of repair artists, who have innovative, detailed and beautiful ways of mending and adjusting clothes throughout their life-span. At S. HAWKINS we want to be there when each jumpsuit has 'worn stories', to have our team of hand sewers to mend, and keep them going for another 10 years.
We want to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis into a world where we have nurtured our important global links, where we have supported the communities and businesses hardest hit, and with a community of future-minded people, in future-proof garments.
WHAT YOU WILL GET!
Throughout the campaign different rewards will be released so please keep in touch. We thank you so much for your support during this time. We all understand the need to keep ethical and small businesses going throughout this crisis, however this is often much easier said than done. With your generosity we hope to emerge ready to forge new behaviours in the fashion industry!
For all £5:
In supporting us in this project, with any amount, you will join our growing community we call sum ∴ sumus. Our supporters embody the meaning of this Latin phrase: I am, because we are - steeped in the essential human virtues of humanity and compassion. This is at the core of everything that we do at S. HAWKINS, we print 'I am, because we are' on all of our clothes to remind us to be grateful for all those around us. We thank all of our sum ∴ sumus group on a dedicated page on our website, and automatically sign them up to our paperless newsletter, and to a separate list for top-tips about companies and events throughout the year that carry forward the meaning of ubuntu into the world.
You will get all of the benefits of the £5 donation as well as a downloadable class to help you keep your clothes going through the coming months. The lessons take you through how to mend a jumper, how to make an animal patch, and how to mend jeans!
Own 1 of 5 exclusive S. HAWKINS X The Latin Programme collab tote bags, 'tabula rasa' translation: 'clean slate'. You're supporting both organisations with your pledge.
LIVE Meding or sewing class through the Zoom app with Sophie, learn how to mend any fabric item in your home.
Japanese eco-denim patchwork pouch! We're using beautiful off-cuts of fabric from our Japanese mills to make you a pouch fit for your face masks and hand sanitisers to sit comfortably inside!
@poppyfrance - Make-Up artist and 'cruelty free / clean beauty' advocate is offering a 121 online make-up consultation coined with the name #lockdownlooks. She guides you through anything you want to know about make-up with hot tips on how to use the cosmetics you already own. Usually £150, Poppy is offering this special Crowdfunder S. HAWKINS session for £40! Only 1 available so snap this up quickly.
A 25% off Discount Voucher for anything in the S. HAWKINS shop valid until December 2021.
Early Bird Offer: pre-order a Jumpsuit, this is a special offer just for our Crowdfunder pledgers! You can pre-order with a special early bird price (£75 off full-price when they launch on September 10th) You'll be put on the list of the first batch, which will be ready in December 2020.
Something for the Men as well as the Women: A Signature unisex 'Anton' or 'Jude' workwear Jacket made by Sophie
Pre-order a Jumpsuit. The jumpsuits launch to the public on September 10th, and with only 300 available you'll secure yours now! The jumpsuits will be delivered and ready to wear this December 2020. An extra special Crowdfunder thank you, we will embroider your initials onto your garment too.
We thank you, and look forward to growing our clothes together:
I am, because we are
Sophie's previous collaborators include:
Dodie | Laura Misch | Billy Eilish | Blackhorse Lane Ateliers | Sabah | Adam Rogers | Fashion Revolution | Fashion Revolution Australia | Another Magazine | Studio Creme | Clarks Shoes | Marijke Bruggink | Karen Walker | Mary Fellowes | Burberry | Lucia Lui | Olivia Coleman | Stella Cecil | Kate Tabor | Kylie Minogue | Chemical Brothers | Facebook | RA | RSA
'300 Jumpsuits-Crowdfunder' Video
Edited by Adam Davis-Powell
Additional Footage by Times Eye Films
Mending How-To Videos
Music - 'A Sunnier Place - Sunshine Mix (Paul Leonidou). Performed by Ashkii. Published by integrity Publishing Ltd.
Telephonic Edit Assistance: Louis Hudson
Photographs of Sophie and Mending Classes