Representation Matters: Support Black Fashion

by Hannah Pratt in London, England, United Kingdom

£4,002

£20,000 target 26 days left
20% 76 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 1st January 2021 at 6:22pm

An unapologetically Black clothing brand here to empower people to express themselves, take up space & feel seen, one bold outfit at a time!

by Hannah Pratt in London, England, United Kingdom

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I created the brand 3 years ago after growing frustrated with the inauthentic and out of touch brands we see today, many making offensive campaigns at the expense of the black community and if you’re like me, you’ve had enough! I care about representation and believe in appreciation not appropriation and it’s about time brands started caring about the people they are creating for. That’s where my brand Hannah Pratt Clothing comes in. I’m on a mission to empower people to feel confident and take up space, one bold outfit at a time

Struggling to find brands I felt represented in and expressed who I am, I started to make my own clothes. My friends and I would wear them to festivals and when people kept asking where the clothes were from, I realised that I wasn’t the only one feeling like the high street was out of touch. Fashion hasn’t exactly been known to be diverse now has it.

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I always wanted to be in fashion, since I was little I loved it but during college I lost a lot of confidence in myself. I never went to uni and after struggling to get a job or an internship in the industry I was left feeling  quite disheartened. Now tell me how do you get experience If you’re not willing to give me an entry level job to get experience!! 

But over the years I never gave up this dream, I borrowed some money from my family to buy fabric and I started using what knowledge I had to make some clothes. I’m a self-taught sewer, picking up skills from my mum, books and a few short courses. 

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I wear many hats in this business from customer service, to fulfilment, to production, marketing, business development and the list goes on, you name it it’ll be me doing it. I even roped my friends and family in for photoshoots, packing orders and prepping for events whenever I could. They’ve been a godsend.

Over the past 3 years I've grown the brand from my bedroom to selling online and at various markets. Creating collections with vibrant African prints and most recently creating a range of African inspired bold t-shirts and hoodies.

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Why it matters – our community 

There’s nothing more rewarding than connecting with people from the community and seeing what my designs mean to them. Hearing my customers say they feel empowered and proud wearing my designs or how they identify with them makes me feel so happy. It really makes all the hard work worth it. My designs are more than just clothes, they are a form of self expression. Clothing allows you to choose who you want to be, has the power to make you feel confident and not afraid to show it. I want people to feel like this everyday so when the world makes you feel you feel like you’re not enough, or not capable you know that you are!!

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How you can support this mission

I’m really proud of what I have achieved but in order to continue my mission I need to scale the brand up, and to do that I need your help. Currently everything is still done by me. I’m turning my parents’ house into a workshop & It’s becoming a  struggle to juggle everything whilst working part time and having a healthy work life balance. Alone, I can’t take the brand to the next level but together we can. 

With your support I will use the money to:

1 – Outsource production and manufacturing 

2 – Expand the team and hire a part time team member

3 – Implement our marketing plan 

4 - Rebrand the business

Rewards

In exchange for your generous donations, I'm offering some amazing rewards such as the following: 

  • Exclusive & limited edition Queens of Black Britain t-shirts & hoodies. A design featuring 38 incredible Black women who made history in Britain

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  • A3 poster of Queens of Black Britain art work (zoom in to see all the incredible women featured!)

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  • Tote bags

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  • Custom personalised African print t-shirt & hoodies

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  • & lots more! 

 If there's a specific bundle that you really want but isn't available then just get in touch and I'll put something together for you! 

* You may notice that we've set the estimated delivery as 18th December, however, we do hope that we will be able to ship your rewards before then - but we will keep you updated on those. 

 Thank you so much for your support

Hannah xx

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£35 or more

Exclusive Queens of Black Britain T-SHIRT

Exclusive Queens of Black Britain t- shirt available in Khaki or Autumn Red. Limited edition - only available via the crowdfunder! Featuring a line drawing screen printed design featuring 38 incredible black women. Includes shipping in UK. For photos check out the overview section!

£15 or more

Queens of Black Britain A3 Wall Art

Add some Black girl magic to your home with one of our A3 prints. And as a thank you for putting us on your wall, we’ll also put your name on our website! RRP £20 - save £5 Plus Free Shipping in UK

£25 or more

Queens of Black Britain Tote Bag & Wall Art

Add some Black Girl Magic to your home and your arm ! A3 print or Queens of Black Britain artwork + everyday black tote bag. Plus we'll put your name on the website as a thank you for all your support! RRP £30 - save £5 Plus Free Shipping in UK

£50 or more

Exclusive Queens of Black Britain T-shirt + more

Exclusive Queens of Black Britain t- shirt available in Khaki or Autumn Red. Only available via the crowdfunder!! Plus tote bag , A3 wall art and dedicated thank you on our website! RRP £60 - save £10 Plus Free Shipping in UK

£50 or more

Exclusive Queens of Black Britain HOODIE

Exclusive Queens of Black Britain hoodie available in forest green or burgundy! Limited edition - only available via the crowdfunder! Featuring a line drawing screen printed design featuring 38 incredible black women. Includes shipping in UK. For photos check out the overview section!

£70 or more

Exclusive Queens of Black Britain Hoodie + more

Exclusive Queens of Black Britain hoodie available in forest green or burgundy. Only available via the crowdfunder!! Plus tote bag , A3 wall art and dedicated thank you on our website! RRP £75 - save £5 Plus Free Shipping in UK

£75 or more

Sponsor a child to learn to sew

I want to pass on my skills to the younger generation so they can feel empowered to explore more creative paths. I'll host in person workshops in small groups up to age 16, teaching a beginners guide to sewing. All tools and materials will be provided. They'll leave with a new skill, an item they'll make themselves & more confidence to sew. Workshops will be developed in 2021 and carried out when safe to do so, in line with government guidelines

£100 or more

6 of 20 claimed

Custom African Print T-shirt & Hoodie

I'll create your very own custom and personalised African print t-shirt and hoodie combo! Any colour with complimentary African print sewn on to perfection! Plus we'll put your name on the website as a thank you for all your support!

£200 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Custom African Print Tee & Hoodie for you + friend

Get a set for you and one for your friend!! I'll create your very own custom and personalised African print t-shirt and hoodie combos !! Any colour with complimentary African print sewn on to perfection! Plus we'll put your name on the website as a thank you for all your support! (Incl 2 x t-shirt & 2 x hoodies)

£300 or more

Sponsor 4 children to learn to sew

I want to pass on my skills to the younger generation so they can feel empowered to explore more creative paths. I'll host in person workshops in small groups up to age 16, teaching a beginners guide to sewing. All tools and materials will be provided. They'll leave with a new skill, an item they'll make themselves & more confidence to sew. Workshops will be developed in 2021 and carried out when safe to do so, in line with government guidelines

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