With Birdsong, you can be sure about the provenance of your garments – we know all our makers personally, and we’re often popping in to see them. As you’d expect, all our makers are paid above the London Living Wage.
There’s a flavour of our groups here; for more pics and stories, check out our Instagram.
The Bradbury and Knit & Knatter
Our knitwear is made in practised hands at the Bradbury Centre in Kingston, and the Knit & Natter group in Enfield. Both groups donate revenue from their knitting to worthy causes.
For Knit & Natter, the elderly women choose a charity of their choice each month. This gives them a sense of purpose and wellbeing, aside from the meditative qualities of working with wool.
The Bradbury donate their revenue back to their day centre, paying for refurbishments and little luxuries to make their fellow pensioners lives better. Edna and her friends have raised enough money from Birdsong sales to renovate their summer house, therapy room and kitchen.
Our organic sweatshirts and tees are hand-painted in detail by women at Mohila Creations. Mohila are a group of low income migrant mothers based in Tower Hamlets, London.
Roksana and the gang practise their fine painting for Birdsong while their children attend the local school. They are paid a living wage for the work they do for us.
Our skilled seamstresses hand cut, sew and finish our garments, all for a living wage at their workshop on Brick Lane, managed by Anjum. Heba was established by a group of migrant women over 25 years ago, and are our primary makers of clothing. They continue to provide a safe space for migrant and refugee women today.