Liverpool uni turns youths into designers

Entrepreneurs: Young people from Street University have designed and printed their own clothing line. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Entrepreneurs: Young people from Street University have designed and printed their own clothing line. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

LIVERPOOL'S Street University launched its own clothing line at the campus last week.

Project co-ordinator Jackie Te-Aroha said starting the clothing line — a range of shirts — gave young people at the university access to more skills to help them kickstart their own careers.

"It was a social enterprise program to teach us entrepreneurial skills," the 26-year-old said.

"Learning the business sides of things here has really helped me.

"Before now, I didn't know the first thing about it.

"I want to open my own creative studio because I have an interest in photography."

Miss Te-Aroha said it took about three months of work leading up to last Thursday's launch, including design and shirt creation.

"We had executive coaches who helped us out with the marketing side of things and they also helped us make a business plan," she said.

"We have a store at the Liverpool campus where we sell the clothing and all of the profits go to help give employment to the young people who come to Street Uni."

Miss Te-Aroha said there was seven shirt designs.

"It is another creative outlet for the young people here," she said.

"We are trying to turn their creative hobbies into something more.

"One of the designs is of a skull that was designed by one of our dancers and another was designed by a guy in our street art class."

Miss Te-Aroha said the clothing team were in the process of setting up a website and online store to sell the shirts.

In the meantime, they were available to buy from Street University's Liverpool base.

The shirts range in price from $19.95 to $34.95.

"We are just sorting out the Paypal side of things, but it will all be up and running very shortly," she said. "And people who had designed a shirt were actually amazed when they saw the final product.

"We are very proud of it."

Details: streetuniclothing.com.

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