Redefining activism with outfits style line by two Salem teens

It all started out with an Instagram immediate concept.  As Oregon burned for the duration

It all started out with an Instagram immediate concept. 

As Oregon burned for the duration of a record-breaking wildfire season, the coronavirus pandemic raged on and protests contacting for racial justice next the murder of George Floyd stretched via the summer season, Kundai Kapurura, 19, achieved out to a fellow South Salem Large College graduate about beginning a business. 

She had noticed that Sophia Cobb, 19, also had posted apparel she’d produced through 2020.

“At the commence of quarantine, I started off tapping into my innovative side,” Cobb explained. “I purchased a sewing equipment and from there, I received into painting on garments. Which is when Kundai reached out to me and we begun brainstorming the business enterprise.” 

Kundai Kapurura, co-owner of Philanthropy Phabrics, models a handcrafted top that she made, in Salem on May 14. Each handmade article of clothing can take hours to make.

The scheduling and brainstorming began in August of 2020 and led to their launch of Philanthropy Phabrics, an upcycling vogue brand that can take second-hand garments and customizes or repairs them. Their 1st assortment debuted at a area apparel pop-up store in January. 

“We just wanted to do some form of collaboration,” Kapurura claimed. “I experienced a several distinct suggestions that could be extra limited-time period, but we both determined we required to do some thing a small extra very long-term.”