MSMISSMRS, the Glasgow-based community interest company that champions women’s self-esteem and positive well-being, today launched its female-led ethical micro manufacturing space, Womanufacture.
This new micro manufacturing space will allow MsMissMrs to increase the production of its Empowerment Pants and Femfoods aprons, the proceeds of which are re-invested directly to supporting women and girls.
Advancing MsMissMrs’ mission to support local women with initiatives focusing on the emotional, physical, mental, social and economic wellbeing of their self-made community, Womanufacture has at its heart the desire to create ethical fashion items that inspire all women on their own empowerment journeys.
This project comes after the success of their wellbeing hub and Femfoods community kitchen in Glasgow, both set up to support and uplift women and girls. The sales of Empowerment Pants and Pay-it-forward cards have helped to fund places for women on their Get S.E.T (self-esteem techniques) Rebuild wellbeing programme.
Womanufacture, based at Blochairn Market in Glasgow, will allow the team of three working mums, all involved in the MsMissMrs project, to design, make and distribute the products including the famed Empowerment Pants and Femfoods aprons. Stitched with empowerment, the proceeds from sales will help support their ongoing community initiatives, as well as creating flexible employment opportunities for local women.
Committed to the principles of ‘slow fashion’, the Womanufacture team only use materials that are ethically and sustainably sourced in the UK. Designed in-house by the Womanufacture team, the production process produces as little waste as possible with any waste that is created being donated to local projects and ventures.
The launch of Womanufacture has been made possible with the help of investors the Hunter Foundation and the Social Innovation Partnership.
Sylvia Douglas, founding director of MsMissMrs, said: “We now have our own dedicated space in the shape of Womanufacture that will allow us to design, make and distribute all our products in-house, in turn providing more opportunities for the women and girls we strive to support.
“The team have painstakingly sourced materials from the UK and have designed our products to have as little impact on the environment as possible. These products will help MsMissMrs carry on our social cause and let us support and re-empower young girls and women. We cannot wait to see where this will take us.”
Roisin Robinson, Womanufacture design and manufacture lead, added: “Over the past few months, we have put so much thought and effort into getting to where we are now. It’s wonderful to see our hard work pay off and to receive really positive feedback already.
“As a team of working mums, it’s important to be able to work in a place that honours our lives outside of the workplace. We all care a great deal about what we do, every Femfoods apron and pair of Empowerment pants are made by us with love and dedication. This is only the beginning of Womanufacture, and we can’t wait to create even more of an impact as we aim to expand our range.”
To find out more about Womanufacture, or purchase products online, visit www.msmissmrs.co.uk