A social enterprise taking a twist

Project_Sweat all started on the yoga mat, or to be precise, in the changing room after an intensive vinyasa class. Rushing back to work, we usually stuffed our soaking kit in a canvas shopper or plastic bag; at best it would just smell all day or worse it would slowly soak the contents of our backpack.

Surely, we were not alone in our wish to use fewer plastic bags or enjoy a watertight solution for sweaty workout gear. But this in itself could never be enough. Project_Sweat is set up as a social enterprise with the simple idea that a better kit bag can make a world of difference.

“We want to create something that gives back to others, with 50% of our profits going to charities which empower women through education and design”
— David & Sarah - project_sweat

Empowering women through education lies at the heart of our mission.

This collection is the first, created by young talent from the academy, creating new products and showcasing their skills, whilst re-investing profits to support emerging talent.

To substantiate this, we partnered up with the Asian University for Women. Their initiative, Pathways for Promise, identifies high-potential clothing factory workers and provides them with the academic and financial support they need to become the next future leaders. They shared the mission to empower women in the fashion supply chain, and so fitted Project_Sweat perfectly.

Now the circle is complete, and we are proud to see the first product being shipped. Designed by women, for women, to support women.

Our aim, to ‘bring art out and experience in’ to the walls of the school

It wasn’t long before we decided to embark on a collaborative project with Innovation and Business at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins University of the Arts. Together we laid the foundations for a social enterprise which teaches graduates entrepreneurial skills, contribute to charities which support women in education.

To tell the story of the art created inside the walls of the university, we chose to work with the luxurious and ingeniously designed fabrics of the textile BA course students. Every one of their pieces was ready to be hung in the galleries of London, or fit to be sold on the shelves of Selfridges, and our product was going to be simple, serving as a canvas for their art.

This has the potential to evolve into a great project that gives emerging designers a chance to showcase their creativity and gain experience in working with a social enterprise. My hope is that it will encourage future graduates to embed a sense of social and environmental responsibility in their practice.
— Anna Schlimm