Our canvas products are already tried, tested and highly praised all over Vancouver. Now it's time for them to have a life of their own!
Carrall Street Canvas Co. will train and employ women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside community to produce a line of high quality, useful and perfectly stylish canvas bags and aprons.
Starting May 27th, 2014, we'll have 45 days to raise $50,000 to cover equipment, materials and training costs so that we can get our tried-and-tested canvas products to a wider audience.
Our goal is to turn our small scale sewing studio into a busy and productive employment hub while continuing to create a line of contemporary & utilitarian canvas bags and aprons. We envision rebranding our line with a hip new identity and create an online shop to grow our sales, wholesale orders and accounts.
We hire women living in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, a neighborhood facing huge struggles with poverty, addiction and mental health issues. Our studio is right in the heart of the community, only a hop, skip and a jump across the street for many of our seamstresses. The low-barrier employment and skills development program we offer helps women transition back into the workforce in a supportive and creative environment. We cut, sew and finish our bags in our studio at 1 East Hastings between coversations about life and love.
We are already run off our feet with orders, with no time to design new products and promote our line. It's time to take it to the next level, which requires more woman power. We need to apprentice more women to join our labour force of skilled seamtresses, start to built up more stock for our online store, retail store and secure more wholesale accounts.
Our bags have a simple, clean construction and are made from quality natural fibers like cotton and linen. They are the prefect product for our learning and advanced seamstresses to produce.
With your help we can apprentice and hire many more women and see them rejoin the workforce, build their confidence and enjoy their new skills.
With the funds we receive we will:
* train 12-18 women in a mini sewing school, helping them reach their potential skills and honour their time with an approriate stipend.
* guarantee graduates a set amount of paid hours per week for several months following graduation
* purchase several more industrial sewing machines (such as a much needed walking foot machine) to help with our heavy fabrics
* purchase fabric and notions to produce our range of products
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