WE ARE SISTERS is a statement to show LOVE and appreciation to ALL women. Our sweatshirt project was born out of our belief in Sisterhood. Every step of the way we considered women. The women who will embroider them, who will wear them, who can benefit from them.
Our sweatshirts are aimed at thinking about how we can support, and inspire girls and women all around us. When you buy a We are Sisters vintage sweatshirt you are supporting women at The Bow Sewing Centre and Imkaan UK.
A small selection of our sweatshirts will be available to buy on Thursday 11th March 7pm.
Designing and creating sweatshirts with our logo was something we’ve dreamed of doing since we started Vintage Sister, however nothing felt truly organic until now. We really wanted to incorporate Sisterhood into the creation of our sweatshirts, so we were were over the moon when we discovered Mona and her community sewing school in Bow on a housing estate in Tower Hamlets, London.
Our WE ARE SISTERS logo reflects the letter S which represents two sisters looking at each other. We believe Siserhood is the key to empowerment, social change and freedom.
All of our sweatshirts have been sourced from the 80s and 90s. Each piece is a slightly different shape, being vintage, each piece is unique, no two are the same. Each piece is lovingly embroidered by Mona and her wonderful team of women at the Bow Sewing Centre.
Mona's team is made up of talented local women from the community. Mostly Asian women who have suffered domestic violence. This sewing community gives them strength and serves as therapy within their lives. We really wanted to work with skilled women creators in the UK that face barriers to employment and fail to get equal opportunity. This was the perfect collaboration. We LOVE working with Mona and her team of women who show great vision and are passionate about what they do.
Mona teaches sewing lessons for women from low income backgrounds, and people with disabitlites on the estate. Mona has been holding these lessons for fifteen years and is a real fixture within her community. Mona is a true inspiration. We look forward to continuing this relationship with Mona and her team. Join us and become part of our sisterhood. #wearesisters
is a UK-based, Black feminist organisation. They are the only national women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls i.e. women and girls which are defined in policy terms as Black and ‘Minority Ethnic’ (BME).
10% of each sale will be donated to Imkaan our chosen charity.
The organisation holds nearly two decades of experience of working around issues such as domestic violence, forced marriage and ‘honour-based’ violence. Imkaan work at local, national and international level, and in partnership with a range of organisations, to improve policy and practice responses to Black and minoritised women and girls.
"NOT a moment, a movement. I hope we continue to read and educate ourselves on matters that are beyond our personal experiences, matters that challenge our inherited identities and subsequent narratives. This is the only way to be able to fill the gaps that divide us to transcend to the next phase of human evolution". Powerful words by @carterreid