Who Made Your Pants?

Gorgeous Pants. By women, for women.

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus!

Or, as you may say, Happy St David’s Day!

We spend a lot of time here at Who Made Your Pants? learning about each others cultures and backgrounds and as a proud, although accent less nowadays, Welsh woman I am delighted to say that the team have pronounced Welsh Cakes ‘delicious’. I quite agree – they and bara brith are firm favourites of mine.

This weekend, to mark and celebrate St David’s Day, we’re running an offer – 15% off our Red collection, after the dragon on the flag of the land of my childhood and my father. But I thought I’d share a few stories about Wales with you, for fun.

St David was a man who stood on the ground in Llandewi Brefi (yes it is a real place) and it rose under him as he preached. St David’s, the city named for him, is the smallest city in the UK – it is TEENY, with a population of under 2000 people.

On St David’s Day, children are dressed in what is thought of as Welsh traditional dress. Little girls wear a plaid skirt and an apron edged in lace, a white shirt and a shawl, and a black hat or bonnet with white lace around the inside. Boys wear trousers, a shirt and waistcoat, and a flat cap. Both – and adults too – may pin a daffodil to their lapel. When I was in infant school, we would sometime wear leeks. There was usually at least one small boy every year sick from eating the leek on his jersey, raw. Oftentimes, those leeks were almost the size of the small boy – this was before they had invented fabric leek badges. I think. Oh, happy days…

There are events celebrating St David’s Day thorough Wales of course but also as far as as Los Angeles and in, um, Disneyland Paris….

We Welsh are famous for our singing. You may well have heard of the Manic Street Preachers,  Catherine Jenkins, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey – but have you heard of Max Boyce? I would urge you to listen to his ballad of Morgan the Moon about the first man to land on the moon – Welsh man no less. And that is a True Fact *coff coff*

For more things Welsh, I’ve added some lovely pictures of all things Welsh to our Homelands board on Pinterest. I hope you enjoy them.

Whatever you do this St David’s Day I hope you have a Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus!

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In the summertime….

Hello there pants fans!

It’s been another wet and windy week here in Southampton… we’re cheering ourselves up by planning exciting things but we need all the help we can get, eh – summer, where ARE you?

This week, commencing the 16th, is going to be our last week of production for a few weeks. It’s Ramadan, and this means our team will be fasting. As we use machinery and knives, and it’s warm, we’ve agreed that the production area will shut down briefly. They’ve told us about how it is in different countries -in Dubai, everywhere is air conditioned, and in many countries, people sleep in the afternoon and then break their fast with dates, and work in the evenings, after dark. For us, the management in the office, the time our team take off at Ramadan gives us a time to plan and review. The work we do around employability is not done quickly and so we’re always looking for ways to add more and teach better.

One exciting thing that we are setting up is a crowd funding project around buying machinery and training for our upcoming new style. As some of you may have read before, we work with women who were not lingerie makers when they came to us and so we develop skills gently and carefully. Our next style will introduce new skills and techniques. We’ll be crowdfunding with Buzzbnk (pronounced Buzzbank) http://www.buzzbnk.org. The corwd funding model is really interesting – if you’ve not heard of it it’s basically us saying what we want to do, how much it will cost, and then people who want to see that happen, people commuting funds to it in exchange for the promise of something. So, we’ll say, for example, if you commit £15, you get one of the first pairs of pants that rolls off the line. It’s an investment in developing an idea you like. We like it!

This coming weekend – the 20th – 22nd, we will have a stall at the first every Winchester Science Festival. We’re very excited to be part of this – we are official supporters – as it has a stated commitment to supporting and promoting women in science. The 21st July is the anniversary of the last ever shuttle landing back on Earth, in 2011 – we think that every little girl should be able to dream of being an astronaut, with as much chance as her brother of that becoming real. If you’re local, see you there?

Until next time – thanks as ever for supporting us

Big love,

Becky and the Who Made Your Pants? Team

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