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Start Date: Wednesday, 3rd May 2023

Address: Making For Change, Poplar Works, E14 0UX

Time: 1PM - 4PM


Styles, trims, patterns, grades, cutting and identity, are all terms used across both barbering and fashion. We want to bring the two together in a programme that will give you the skills to design and make a jacket unique to you whilst celebrating the spaces that bring us together.

Taking inspiration from the unique setting of the Barbershop as a space for intergenerational debate, familiarity and friendship, we invite you to take part in a project exploring male identity, image, belonging and shared experience through making.

You do not need any experience in fashion design or making. We have 10 spaces available on this course and are looking for men aged 19+ who know Barbershops and appreciate what they can mean to the community. The programme is FREE and all materials will be provided.

What you will learn

You will be working in the training space of our Making for Change manufacturing unit, with access to industrial equipment and our amazing London College of Fashion workshop leaders. Working individually you will design a flag that represents aspects of your identity. You will make a jacket that this flag will be appliqued to. Collectively, you will design a flag that represents what the Barbershop means to you as a community.

Within the programme you will;

  • Explore themes of self-expression and representation

  • Be taught the design and sewing skills required to make a garment

  • Learn about fabrics, fitting, pattern cutting and construction methods

  • Meet inspiring local designers and makers working in the fashion industry

  • Have access to mentor support with Sirlute

  • Have your work showcased in the Olympic Park in September 2023

There is no need to have any previous sewing skills to take part. All materials and equipment will be provided.

Further details

No. of sessions: 8

Participants: 10

Facilitators: Johan

Partners: Making For Change, The Roots Barbers, London College of Fashion & Sirlute

Programme outline

Sessions 1 - 8: Wednesday 3rd May - Wednesday 21st June

Workshop Activity: Designing, pattern cutting and tailoring 

Finale showcase: Friday 23rd June 

How to apply

To apply for the programme, you must be 19+

Just WhatsApp us a 1-2 minute video, or send Lauren an email telling us why you want to take part.


In the video or email, you must include the following;

  • Your Name, Age and Postcode*

  • An insight, story or memory about yourself using a Barbershop

  • Tell us why you want to make it with us!


Send your WhatsApp video to Making for Change on 07922 000 266 by Sunday 30 April.


For more information about the programme, please email Lauren –

What is a YoungStar?

A YoungStar is an individual within our community that is keen to learn, make a difference and stay motivated. A YoungStar is not afraid to learn new skills, develop their talents and be unique!

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