Who Made Your Pants?

Gorgeous Pants. By women, for women.

Our team are back today!

Howdy pants fans!

How was your Bank Holiday? We all had a great time – I went bike riding, and got rained on, built sandcastles, and got rained on, Della went camping, and got rained on, Amy went dogwalking, and got rained on, but we all had fun.

It’s a very exciting day today – our team are back in TODAY and well, have we missed them. The place is just not the same without them being here. We’re going to be introducing our Rosalind style to them very soon – our designer Emma and superviser Nisha made up the first batch to iron out any niggles in what’s called ‘the order of construction’ – basically how you do it, which steps and which order, and now we are going to be teaching the team to make them next. This will teach them new technical skills but it will also teach them that they are versatile – we talked about the word and concept recently.

Last week was also pretty exciting. I went on a very exciting trip to our suppliers with our brilliant designer Emma. We found some gorgeous new fabrics and Emma is now working out some exciting new things with them. We’re hoping to be able to roll out some pretty pants incorporating gorgeous printed fabrics very soon!

Our crowdfunding initiative is still going steadily but with just about eleven days to go we still need to raise the remaining 54% – £3240. If you could spread the word, we’d be so grateful! Some great people promoted it for us over the weekend – Dr Alice Roberts (BBC Coast; Incredible Human Journey), Dr Helen Czerski (BBC Orbit; Horizon, Transit of Venus), author Alom Shaha and Guardian columnist Martin Robbins. If you’ve not heard about it, we’re aiming to raise £6000 in pledges by mid September to fund a new machine (which can be used to make man pants as well as woman pants!) It’s live online here http://buzzbnk.org/wmyp Pledges go from £0 to £300 and every single one helps us grow.

I’m going to run off now, the team are due any minute and I forsee lots of hugs and kisses. Don’t want to miss those

Big love to you all and sincere thanks for your support

Becky and the Who Made Your Pants? Team

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News in brief…
Becky is recovered enough from her accident to cycle more than 3 miles at a time, Della slept well in her tent in the New Forest but was glad to get back to the football on telly, Nisha had a great time in Poland and is back talking about pickled vegetables, Amy’s been visiting family and is spending slightly less of her time reading tax books, and, Jackie has made us some smashing gift bags.

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Bubble gum sauce and a pants world tour

Hey pants fans!

Just a short newsletter this week as I was away last week and haven’t quite caught up with the news. I could tell you about my holidays in York, about the glorious Minster, the cute wiggly Shambles, the lovely friendly people, the taxi driver who was very angry about Pussy Riot being imprisoned, the fantastic afternoon tea at Bettys (no apostrophe for trademark reasons) the Medieval Mystery Plays… but that’s probably not what you’re after.

So, what happened while I was away. Well… There was a day or two of heaving and huffing as Della and Amy tried to rearrange furniture to create a training area. Our space wasn’t obliging though, and they decided in the end that it’s just too small. Moving a wall might well be a option and fortunately, in this building, that’s relatively straightforward.

There are new pants on our Global Pants map – more pants have gone to France and Germany, and we’ve sent our first ever pants to Canada. We’re hoping to sell enough to fund a pants world tour one day, and spread the pants news globally – Della has suggested we get a sort of ice cream van for me to drive around it. Only if it has sprinkles and bubblegum flavour sauce!

We launched 13 new gift sets last week – now that we have a white we’ve been able to add new ones and they are lovely. Some were suggested by people on our facebook page, and we’re always keen to hear what you’d like from us – do let us know.

Our Year of Pants is still proving to be popular, which is great. I do love the idea of people getting crinkly wrapped packages from us every month for a whole year.

Our crowdfunding initiative is going well. We’re around three weeks away from it ending and we’re at 41% pledges – if you’ve not heard about it, we’re aiming to raise £6000 in pledges by mid September to fund a new machine (which can be used to make man pants as well as woman pants!) It’s live online here http://buzzbnk.org/wmyp Pledges go from £0 to £300 and every single one helps us grow.

Last but not least we are gearing up for our lovely team to come back next week. Ramadan is now over and we cannot wait to see them again. Exciting times.

News in brief…
Becky had a LOVELY holiday, Della is happy the football season has started again, Nisha is still away in Poland-land, Amy is on the lookout for some waterproof shoes for this winter and Jackie has reached new heights in her penguin game.

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Crowdfunding, cupcakes and NEW PANTS!

Hello there pants fans!

We hope you’re well and enjoying what you can of this changeable weather. We had lollies at lunchtime for two days last week and enjoyed sitting near the river that runs past the back of our tiny factory.

It’s Ramadan now and that means that our team are off – we made a joint decision that fasting + hot weather + machines with knives, blades and needles probably = A Bad Idea. The factory is not silent though. Our brilliant designer Emma and our superviser Nisha have been sewing away, perfecting the design and method for our very next style – we’re launching it THIS WEEK so depending on when you get this it might already be on sale on the wesbite. It’s a really comfortable jersey short, edged with staggeringly good English lace, all stuff that would have been wasted had we not swooped. There is more precision involved in the making of this than our current shorts – it takes around 3 times as long to make – and we’re using it to teach attention to detail, focus and concentration.

We’re also excited to be launching a crowdfunding project this week and if you like the way we empower women through work, we’d love your support, if you can help us.

We’re raising money to buy a new sewing machine and training materials – we are way away from making profit, have less than zero spare cash, and it’s the only way we can move ahead. We develop skills by developing new products, and we need a new machine to teach a new skill. Fundamentally though what we are teaching is versatility, precision and attention to detail – core employability skills. We’re just doing it, as we do with everything, through the power of pants.

We need to raise just £6000 and we know that this can be done by just 105 people.

The campaign is live here http://buzzbnk.org/wmyp Pledges start from £0 to be a cheerleader to £15 for which the kind person gets a thank you card and discount code with various intermediate levels all the way up to £300 for which the kind person gets hand delivery of pants to London, tea at the Royal Society for the Arts, a limited edition shirt, new pants, current pants, a thank you card…

I’m dreadful at asking for money but that’s basically what I’m doing and I hope you don’t mind. We love what we do, hope you do too, and hope you’ll forgive us the ask.

Hope you’ve managed to see some sunshine and that you love your new pants!

Becky and the Who Made Your Pants? Team

News in brief…
Becky had a great time at our stall at Winchester Science Festival and was entertained by how many people bought pants, and then came and showed her them, Della has bought a ukelele and got very excited about the Tiger Feet dance in the Olympic Opening Ceremony, Amy has landed herself a part time job with our bookkeeper so we’re learning how to share her, Nisha won a competition to to name a cupcake and won 48 mini ones, and Jackie has been swimming in the sea and sunning herself at Lee on Solent

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