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Echo x Pinterest UK: Studio Nelle

By Sarah Henderson

We are thrilled to be partnering with Pinterest UK to celebrate black entrepreneurs within the Echo community for Black History Month. We were excited to interview Echo member Chanelle, founder of  Studio Nelle, for this feature!

Studio Nelle came about as a way to provide a small solution to the issue of textile waste and more representation of Black identities within the ethical conversation. Chanelle makes beautiful leather goods using surplus leather reclaimed from the fashion industry.

One part of her business is reimagining leather waste by making unique small leather goods centred on her black identity. The second part is running leather workshops that are designed for the participants to be more mindful, enjoy the present, and learn a cool anti-fast-fashion tool by making their own leather accessories rather than buying into fast fashion.

Hey Chanelle!

So, what is Studio Nelle’s mission?
We create eco-conscious accessories for you to live a more creative and connected life. We are also reimagining waste by turning surplus leather into beautiful accessories.

Why is Studio Nelle needed now more than ever?
Living an eco-friendly life doesn’t mean you have to be middle class, white and thin. Living ethically is a lifestyle that can be adopted by anyone, however people of colour often do not see a reflection of themselves within sustainability circles. Ethical living is a lifestyle that should be encouraged by all if we are to make a real impact on climate change.

By celebrating the rituals, philosophies, and heritage that form a Black identity,  the aim at Studio Nelle is to inspire more black communities to live a kinder, creative, and connected life.

What has kept you focussed on the rollercoaster ride of your startup journey?
My customers are a driving force in my business. Learning how a product has brought them joy, or how a workshop has become a new element in their self-care ritual helps me continue to create products and workshops that aid living a more ethical life that celebrates Black identity.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to an underrepresented entrepreneur starting today?
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see immediate success. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see great success in the beginning. Celebrate all the little wins as the big wins are not far behind.

Find Studio Nelle on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!