Our SOCIAL Initiative
When our Founder first read how East London was once home to booming manufacturing and textile industry, she wondered why an area that is internationally known for its designers didn't seem to still be experiencing the impact of this movement.
She learned that in over only thirty years, only a handful of leather workshops are left from what was once a thriving textile culture. This decline has led to local jobs disappearing, skills being lost that were gained over generations, and, ultimately, the death of craftsmanship.
There is no protection at all for the heritage of East London or its people, from neither government or 'local' brands. Often, as a byproduct of globalisation, 'London' brands outsource production for cheap - but often unethical - labour. It's a tragedy that an area with such a strong history is powerless in the eradication of its identity.
We wanted to create that brand that did just that: to create jobs, to help preserve a craft, to restore a workshop back to its former glory, for the area to still have the old spirit of its history sitting beautifully alongside new energy from the areas exciting young creatives.
This was another turning point for Paradise Row, where we realised we are a new form of social enterprise, we were not just investing a percentage of our profits into a local community, our whole business is designed on supporting the local and the creative community. We realised that every product and service we provide had social impact at its core.
By supporting a local trade chain, you help regenerate an area and not to be a facilitator in its gentrification. When you have different people with different skill sets from the same area and its the area which binds them together, the end product is incredibly special.
Through every thread, cut and design, you can see the inspiration from the area our trade chain reside in, nothing can replicate this.
This is true craftsmanship.