Leyton Walthamstow

Designer donates jeans made using ‘confiscated knives’ to park fundraiser

All proceeds from the sale of the 150 pairs will go to the fundraiser for a new public park in Leyton
By Waltham Forest Echo

The buttons and rivets are made by melting down confiscated knives (credit: Blackhorse Lane Ateliers)
The buttons and rivets are made by melting down confiscated knives (credit: Blackhorse Lane Ateliers)

A Walthamstow company billing itself as “London’s only craft jean maker” has donated 150 pairs of jeans to a fundraiser to create Leyton’s version of Hampstead Heath ponds. 

The jeans from Blackhorse Lane Ateliers, which retail for £220, were designed by young people affected by knife crime and feature buttons and rivets made by melting down confiscated knives.

They were donated to the East London Waterworks Park team to sell for their fundraising campaign, which aims to buy a disused depot in Leyton – opposite the Lee Valley Ice Centre – to create a new public park.

The group eventually needs to raise £3million but are currently trying to reach £500,000 by late February, of which they have so far collected more than £416,000.

A drone view of the depot (credit: Jonathan Perugia)

Blackhorse Lane Ateliers founder Han Ates said: “Our company’s ethos marries perfectly with the campaign. Once we discovered the project we knew we had to do something to help it become a reality.

“The park shares many of our ambitions as a company. We focus on sustainability, want to give back to the community and aim to produce a product of unmatched quality. We hope the jeans sell really well and contribute to this amazing idea.”

Abigail Woodman, chair of the East London Waterworks Park team, added: “We cannot thank Han and his team enough. This really is fantastic and gets us even closer to our target! 

“It is just one of the tremendous signs of support from the community. Everyone is really buying into the idea; we even had a £50,000 donation recently. Come and check out the jeans and speak to us about the project.”

The jeans will be sold for £200 each at market stalls in Waltham Forest and Hackney during November and December, with all proceeds going directly to the fundraiser.

Find them for sale at events at Patchworks in Leyton on 19th November, 26th November and 27th November and at the Waltham Forest Community Hub on 3rd December.