Lola and Me
I have to admit to having had a bit of time off this summer, relaxing and catching up on reading and also a bit of work, of course. Just before I went away for a week though, I had the pleasure of meeting up with creative partners Jon and Heidi, who between them run two interesting businesses.
I’ve known about the design side of the business Dirty Little Serifs for some time, and I’d also heard a little about Lola and Me. But the recent launch of their ethically conscious fashion brand was something I wanted to find out more about.
Heidi has a background in fashion buying and design and she’s also extremely well-travelled. With an eye on creating something that allowed her to develop a brand based on profit with a purpose she began sourcing unique products from artisans across the globe. But she also wanted to make sure that the makers themselves benefitted in really positive ways from their talent, skills and the techniques they use to create the products. She was also keen to look at ways to help the wider communities where they live.
“Approximately 62 million girls and young women across the globe don’t have access to education. I wanted to make some sort of difference by not only buying the products and providing an income source, but also through re-investment of some of the profits. 10% of the profits made from Lola and Me will be invested back into education for girls in developing nations,” explains Heidi.
The products are a range of accessories, including block printed scarves, leather bags, purses and jewellery and prices are pretty reasonable for something so unique and completely handmade. The focus is very much on makers over machines when it comes to production.
A Crowdfunder campaign is currently live (with 7 days left at the time of this post) where the brand is hoping to raise £5000 to help get things moving. There’s a brilliant video on the page also, which explains much more. Entry level supporters can pledge from just £3 to get involved.
I took a look at some of the products that will be available and the quality is very good. I wish Heidi and Jon every success in their venture and look forward to seeing what happens next with Lola and Me and their mission to create a profit with real purpose.
Great article Gwyneth.
I know Heidi and Jon well and they have a couple of great business eases there.
Thanks Stuart, they are very talented.