With her fashion business being her main focus, Chanel-Monet was determined to thrive within her passion, however, she faced many barriers due to COVID-19. Thanks to the relief fund she was able to move her focus to doing what she loves.
“Working full time as a security guard and running a fashion business was quite difficult and as a result of that I outsourced all of my designs to a seamstress. Just before COVID hit I’d resigned as a permanent member of staff and became a casual employee, to give myself some flexibility.
“During this period of inactivity I started to feel lost and not sure about what I wanted to do or where my life was going. It felt like everything came to a halt. With time to think, I realised that my business could be my new focus. I had pattern cutting and design skills, so decided I would refresh my designs and start sewing the garments myself. Chanel-Monét received £1,300 from the relief fund to buy a sewing machine and overlocker.
Sustainability is at the centre of all my designs, from the fabrics that I use, to the way in which the garments have interchangeable elements. “I’m so grateful that I now have the time to concentrate on something I love and that I now have the energy to move forward with my business.”