Colcha Clothing was launched in 2015 by Harry Lal and Scott Jarrett, friends from university with a passion for sustainable community-led development. After a trip to Ghana and South Africa in 2015, they fell in love with the abundance of beautiful fabrics, setting up Colcha Clothing to showcase these to the world.
With their team of skilled craftspeople, they produce bold men’s shorts, reinvesting funds from the sales of their collection straight into the communities that create them. They do this via the Colcha Club, whereby 20% of every pair of shorts goes directly to sustainable community development.
The Colcha way is to give based on production rather than profit, this means we don’t deduct any of our costs (salary, administration, travel etc.) before giving to our causes – 20% of what you spend is our promise, and that is the minimum we will always deliver. We believe in transparency and in keeping our cause at the heart of everything we do.
The Colcha Club works both directly with the local community, and through carefully selected partners, on a variety of development projects, depending on the needs of the region.
Nkosi’s Haven are an example of one such partner in South Africa, a visionary HIV/AIDS organisation, with which the Colcha Club collaborates to provide funding for education materials such as books and uniforms. Colcha Clothing also looks to work with ethical retailers, including being one of the first brands to launch with The Big Issue Shop in Spring 2017.