An ethical clothing business in Bristol will cease trading so that its owner can focus on a new project.
Found Hea started out as a shipping container shop at Cargo, Wapping Wharf in 2017 before relocating to a larger site in Quakers Friars at the end of last year, in collaboration with another independent retailer.
But after four years of selling ethically sourced and sustainable clothing from two shop units and online, Found Hea will draw to a close on August 22 with the remaining stock being sold in an online sale.
Company founder Sam Mabley is not leaving the sustainable clothing industry altogether though, instead turning his attention to his other business, Yes Friends, which he launched earlier this year.
Yes Friends sold more than 4,000 T-shirts in its first month and was backed by more than 100 MPs and peers in a letter penned to fast fashion giants, inspiring Sam on to focus his attention on it.
In a statement shared to social media, Sam said: “After four incredible years, this August we will be closing Found Hea. What a journey it’s been.
“We’ve gone from a 20 x 8ft container at Wapping Wharf, to a full on 2,000 sqft shop at Quakers Friars. We’ve had days of big sales and days of no sales.
“We’ve been featured in national and local news. Gone from just me to four employees. Met hundreds of people. Small business owners, locals and TV presenters. We’ve gone through a pandemic together. And we’ve always supported incredible ethical brands from across the globe.”
Once Found Hea has dissolved, any remaining stock will be sold by London retailer Know The Origin.
Speaking about his decision to pursue Yes Friends, Sam added: “Earlier this year, I set up a new brand Yes Friends. We exist to make ethical clothing affordable.
“In our first month, we sold over 4,000 T-shirts, were featured in The Guardian and The Independent, and backed by over 100 MPs and peers in a letter to fast fashion giants. The momentum was extraordinary. So I found my focus shifting.
“So in the future you’ll find me over at Yes Friends. But Yes Friends wouldn’t be here without Found Hea. Without the highs and lows. The endless learning, from accounting and copywriting to web design and sewing. It’s been the ultimate MBA.
“Thank you so much for all the support you’ve given these past few years. To those who painted, put up shelves, laid floors, were endlessly encouraging, bought from us and just popped into store for a chat. You kept this dream going.”
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