THE clerical retailers Watts & Co have released the “Sustainable Collection”: a new range of dresses, tops, and vest stocks for women clergy made using organic cotton jersey. Ten per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the Church Urban Fund (£13.50 a dress, £10 a top, and £5 a vest stock).
About 70 people attended the fund-raising launch last month. The events manager for the Church Urban Fund, Holly Adams, said: “We wanted to mark the partnership and the launch of the Sustainable Collection with an event which recognised and celebrated the role women have played in social justice, and I think the evening did that powerfully.”
Alexia Gilbert, of Watts & Co., said that many of the garments in store had already sold out. “Our talented team are currently working to replenish the stock, and the items are available to buy online and in the Watts showroom. So far, we have raised almost £500 for the Church Urban Fund, and hope to raise considerably more over the coming months.”
The executive chair of the Church Urban Fund, Canon Paul Hackwood, said: “One of us is a clerical outfitters, one of us is a social-action charity, but at the heart of the way we both approach our work is an understanding of the immense value of people as individual.”
View the collection here.