Bags For Life With Hackney Schools & St Joseph's Hospice

In June 2012, London College of Fashion started an inspiring collaboration between three Hackney-based organisations: the young people of Cardinal Pole School and The Urswick School, volunteers of St. Joseph’s Hospice and day patients of the Hospice.

Bags for Life is a fashion sustainability project involving LCF sewing technicians and student ambassadors from FdA Tailoring and MA Fashion and the Environment courses.

The volunteers at the Hospice picked out suitable material from their second-hand clothing donations, which were prepared by the day visitors, who cut and flattened the material. The students from Hackney's Urswick and Cardinal Pole schools then cut the pattern pieces, designed by LCF tailoring students, creating a range of items such as mobile phone covers, laptop covers and tote bags.

The bags were modelled in two fashion shows, the Money for Life fashion show at Toynbee Hall and Axis 2013, a St Barts. medical school Rag Week event, to raise funds and help raise awareness of hospice care. The Bags for Life project continues with ongoing collaborations developing between LCF,  the hospice and local schools.

This project, coordinated by LCF’s Outreach Project Coordinator Lesley Raven, provided learning opportunities for local school children and helped LCF students to look beyond their field of study. It has been an excellent example of how the LCF Outreach unit continues to do important and inspiring work within the community.