Sydney-Davies in Sierra Leone

The Dr Olivet Buck memorial fashion and sewing academy fundraising page now up

Please visit, donate and share. Your support is vital and greatly appreciated.

Following my trips to Sierra Leone last year. where I set up a small studio space to have my garments not just produced in Britain but Sierra Leone also (why go so far afield as to India/China etc when the will skill and need here is plenty. I'd rather invest in my roots, in Africa), I was deeply moved and inspired to do even more upon my return to London. Over the summer I took a big leap with a proposal to the Canterbury of West Africa. I am THRRRRRIILLLLED to announce that they have accepted my project and have agreed to provide me with Land space to build, from the ground up, the very first International Sewing School and production studio in Sierra Leone.

So so soooooo much to this story so PLEASE visit my fundraising page now LIVE! , have a read and hopefully I can gain your support. Donations are obviously the priority but just as important is spreading the word as you never know who it will reach down your chain.
REPOST, spread the word, tell your friends, family, distant cousin, neighbours cat, tell them all and help me make this iconic project a reality.

Much love and appreciation. Also please feel free to get in touch with me if you'd like to find out more or get involved in any way.

Thank you.

 

Sydney-Davies in Sierra Leone

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Inspiring and making a difference post Ebola

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This page chronicles the inspirational story and journey of Designer Euphemia Sydney-Davies Designer at emerging fashion label SYDNEY-DAVIES a survivor and refugee from the War torn Sierra Leone as she returns from a landmark trip to her birthplace post Ebola to inspire the local young and able people and finding a way to give back to a land she loves but feels forgotten.

We will be sharing and revealing all step by step.

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We would love to hear from you.

All and any support appreciated..... Love ESD ✂️

Unpacking

Unpacking and setting up the Waterloo studio space on a very hot day, with a handful of the local people we worked with, teaching and training them in fashion and garment manufacture as they in turn help to produce our C.H.U.R.C.H. collection pieces.

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Freetown Home

I spent most weekends down town at the family home I grew up in. This was the home we resided in when the rebels captured Freetown and held us under 2 weeks of brutal War. The house was renovated after the war to repair damages especially the bullet holes in the walls and our possessions left by the rebels.

During the few weeks siege, crawling along the floor to avoid stray bullets and attention was the norm. At one point my grandmother sent my mother and I to the small outside toilet structure (remains seen here in concrete) to hide when the rebels came door to door down every street kidnapping, raping and killing.

My grandmother was prepared to sacrifice her own life so that my mother and I would have a chance. I spent most of my childhood here being raised here by my mother and grandmother. This house bears so many memories and forms a key foundation in my life's history. It felt great to be back and start the journey I've always imagined, giving back in the way I know that will hopefully inspire and change lives. One little drop at a time.

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Freetown

Welcome to freetown. It may have many problems but there is still overwhelming beauty and life. I arrived early Saturday morning. It was very hot, which there were no complaints for, so I took the weekend to unpack and relax a little (and believe me there was very little of it). It felt great to be back.

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Sydney-Davies in Sierra Leone

The beautiful drive to the studio. We were located in two areas of the Capital Freetown. Our first in Regent and the main location in Waterloo. This short video shows you the stunning 45 minute drive from The studio in Regent to that in Waterloo.

Location: London - Packing for Sierra Leone

The landmark trip that forms a major role in the designers campaign to not only place Sierra Leone on the international fashion map but most importantly to give something tangible but sustainable and with long term potential to a land she loves dearly but feels neglected.

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