At last, here they are:  the people who put the hands into the handmade. I’m so happy to complete this Meet the Team series by introducing our sewing and cutting team, who work from a studio above our shop.

 

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Marcia and Minnie

Ever since the very start, Marcia and her elderly mum Minnie (not pictured here) have been sewing for Skinny laMinx. Marcia is a bit of a wonder, really, producing always excellent, always speedy work, while managing to care for her mum, her mentally challenged brother, and (quite often) her little nieces whose mum is at work. I’d be nowhere without Marcia and Minnie

Nadieya

Nadieya started cutting for me about 5 years ago from a tiny little room in Harrington St that had a lift that didn’t work and a security guard who seemed to get enjoyment from watching me heave 30m fabric rolls up four flights of stairs. Ack! Those were the days! Thank goodness Nadieya and her daughter have a nice big cutting room just one door down from me these days.

Moena

What a trooper – always up for something a LOT more challenging than tea towels and table runners. Look out next week for something really gorgeous whipped up my Moena for us.

Mariam 

Mariam is Maleeka’s aunt, and she’s a strong, silent type, who just gets on with it…

Bridget

… as is our newest sewist Bridget (which is probably a good thing, because Nadieya does love to talk!)

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Right now is a great time to introduce our making team, as the Fashion Revolution gains momentum around the world, asking the question Who Made My Clothes? It’s a question it would serveus well to ask of all the things we own and consume: How did this item get to be in this form in my hands, and what are the greater implications of these processes?

Read more about the global Fashion Revolution movement, and if you’re interested in supporting and promoting ethically made South African goods, take a look at the LoveZA BuyZA campaign too.

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