The Regent Park Sewing Studio (RPSS), launched in 2015, is a social enterprise of a group of women sewing products along with doing alterations and repairs. The initiative is teaching skills that can lead to financial earnings for its members. New orders from customers are distributed among current members of the class as well as graduates. These graduates also gain new customers on their own by word-of-mouth, or going into business for themselves.
Multiple graduates have gone on to take advanced industrial classes at nearby George Brown College, which in turn offer internships at fashion studios and the potential for long-term employment relationships.
During COVID, the members of RPSS were busy making masks from their new home sewing studios due to physical distancing. Throughout 2020, members made approximately 9,000 masks, of which 6,000 masks were donated to the local community. The masks became the launching point to other products that the Sewing Studio created to sell. Other products include eyeglass cases, bags, laptop cases, fabric coffee filters, and upcycling worn garments to create new ones.
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