Trusted Clothes and Keep Real!

The wonderful Canadian non-profit Trusted Clothes are documenting my brand Keep Real’s journey of sustainability and inspiring wellness. So sweet! Please go ahead and check it out.Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 16.06.15

It’s no good promoting mental well-being as a business, if the business doesn’t have the foundations of trying to be the best version of itself either. So we expanded the definition of wellness to include our sustainable souring policy within our supply chain.

Here’s the first blog post I did as the founder. Excitingggg!!! ❤

Challenges of Starting a Sustainable Fashion Brand

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Keep Real: behind the scenes

Well, a lot has been going down lately with Keep Real. It’s so so SOOOO exciting, yet I just never blog about it. A lot has happened and is happening, so it’s a real big mush ball of designing, networking, creating and thinking. Definitely a lot of thinking!!

I held the first focus group for Keep Real last week at Huddersfield University (sorry, I didn’t get any photos…boo!) with more turning up than I thought- so that was awesome!! It was a little bit nerve racking, but I asked a lot of questions, discussed all that I wanted to discuss and presented my ideas for the brand. The more I present, the more I’ll feel comfortable doing it. It was great to have a lot of feedback, so that’s what I’ve been working on!Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 16.06.15

The fit of the garments is so crucial, and that’s what I’ve been struggling with. I know what I definitely want to create for the brand- but it’s about adhering to people’s needs. Unisex just doesn’t cut it, and I want to create the right fit for everyone. However, with the first launch of the new collection- it’s going to be super limited. This launch is about finding out what’s right, what needs changing and adapting.

I’ve been networking with all sorts of wonderful folk; photographers, musicians, bloggers, videographers etc. And continue to do so with a few meet ups next week! So it’s about getting the right people behind Keep Real, who are just as passionate about the brand’s ethos and aims! Also with the hopeful launch of the end of July, I’ve been looking at office spaces too. All in the good time though!

Anyway, back to my drawing boards and all of that jazz. Hope you’re all having an amazing day!

You can follow Keep Real on all social media platforms with @keeprealuk ❤

 

What Am I Up To? (A lot I guess!)

Hey folks, and Happy Women’s Day!!!  Thought I would do a personal update; as there’s quite a bit going on recently!

Firstly, I’m mega proud to say that my business Keep Real‘s ‘proof of concept’ application was approved, so the business is now in the process of doing more research before hopefully launching in July of this year. So excited, and so much to be doing! Plenty of lovely souls have approached me to get involved- so it’s brilliant to have a bit of a team behind Keep Real (Want to know more about us? Click here) who share the same passions and values. Truly humbled, and I cannot wait to see where KR goes. If you’d like to get involved in anyway, feel free to email me at kimmykeepreal@gmail.com! ❤

Also, as I still work part time at Boots (a job I had while at University, and has continued since I graduated!), as well as still being in the works of volunteering with the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust – I’ve been looking for work in mental health, or support work that gives me the opportunity to work with folk creatively. I can happily say that I’m into the second round of interviews at MENCAP, so finger crossed! Within the period of not being in full time employment since graduating, I’ve pretty much dedicated my time to working with non-profits and working on my business. I will hopefully be blogging for the non-profit ‘Trusted Clothes‘ who are based in Canada, and sharing the aims of my businesses sustainability and ethical sourcing of our clothes. The Slow Fashion Movement is something I really believe in, and Keep Real aims to be part of that. Inspiring wellness in all part of our lives, especially in the mind is so important ❤

So yeah, that’s what’s happening with me at the moment!

Hope you are all well, and as always – keep real! ❤

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Sweet News y’all! A Cheeky Update

So after what seems quite a while in the making- things are on track! I had a lil’ meeting with my business advisor today; and everything is looking promising! However, I must admit I’m not sure the official launch of Keep Real will be in the summer. There’s wpid-img_20150923_165211.jpgplenty more to do, and lots of things under wraps (samples for garms happened last week!). Very excited about what holds for the business, however maintaining and making new connections with other businesses and like minded folk is the most important part! So I’ll be off down to London in a couple of weeks (fingers crossed I can book it off work) to attend an Enterprise Conference. I need to actively talk to folk about Keep Real. That as well as being a clothing and goods brand, the brand inspires wellness too. Taking care of yourself, keeping it real *pun very much intended*.

I gave my presentation to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, who work in schools and other establishments raising awareness, and giving talks about mental health to young people and professionals. They have so kindly offered me a role in their trust!! I am so excited to be giving my time to them, and actively make a difference with young people and their relationships with their own well-being. Training for the trust is ahead- and I cannot wait to begin!

Anyway, I better get back to plotting and scheming! My next post will be some lil tips for wellness ❤ If you haven’t check out some previous posts concerning tips- get yourself scrolling through ‘Hey, November!‘, ‘Be Mindful Right Now!‘, ‘The Art of Happiness‘ and ‘How Do I Stay Content With What I Have?‘. Or if you want to scroll through categories, check out ‘Mental Health’ for the full list.

Sending all my ❤ to you, and as always- keep real! xx

 

 

 

Keep Real- The Brand

Hello my wonderful followers! Hope this finds you well ❤ I did a post ages ago about Keep Real (see it here about the mission), however I haven’t done anything recently apart from my design updates. Also, there are some tabs at the top of my website/blog about KRwpid-img_20150525_132636.jpg. It’s very much a part of my life with establishing a garment and goods movement. I don’t see it as a separate entity, but part of who I am! It is a mission of being authentic in design and promoting mental wellness. Keep an eye out for more posts on Keep Real anyway here on kimmykeepreal.com!

So, Keep Real. Now as some of you may or may not know, it is my clothing and goods brand. All the designs I work on, all have related messages of positivity, symbols of the universe and feeling real good about yourself. I see a lot of positive clothing companies/businesses that really drive powerful messages to wonderful people. Most do this through t-shirts with rad quotes on, and messages of their own. Keep Real isn’t like that so much. I hand craft each design, pulling inspiration from my surroundings, botanical, tattoo orientated and natural. It’s got that down to earth feel, each piece authentic and limited. It also carries the message that being kind to yourself and each other is a movement of happiness; ultimately a life of love and content. ❤

I gotta say, I have worked my butt off to get this far. While at University, I’ve worked two jobs so I could save up that lil’ bit of dolla to maybe pay for designs being made and figuring out how to screen print garments. It’s so so worth it, because the message is so important. You gotta KEEP REAL. Be yourself. Be proud of who you are. Kindness to yourself and those around you will make you go far ❤

It’s got that down to earth feel, each piece authentic and limited. It also carries the message that being kind to yourself and each other is a movement of happiness; ultimately a life of love and content

If there’s any feedback at all about Keep Real, don’t be afraid of commenting on this post!

I also have a survery (click HERE) about the clothing brand, if you’d like to quickly fill it in. It would help so so much ❤

My Dream: The ‘Keep Real’ Store

So, as some of you lovely people may know- I run my own small business I set up last year called ‘Keep Real‘. Providing goods and illustration to all who seek a positive place. At the tail end of 2014, I had the delight of being interviewed by an independent magazine website called ‘Sheffield Unchained’ where they stated very accurately, ‘Kimberley decided to combine interests in design, illustration and mental health with the launch of what she terms a ‘positive illustration and goods movement’, which is less about selling objects and more about promoting meaning and positive messages.’

I couldn’t havIMG_20140405_141826e put it better myself. I want to create a store that people can just hang out at and shop. No rushing in, no rushing out if you don’t want to. You wanna sit and talk to your friends about your day? Do it. You wanna buy a present for a relative, and hang out on the sofas reading a book? Do it.

There aren’t enough places when you’re shopping, to make you feel like you’re welcome to stay as long as it pleases you. ‘If you’re going to stay, you have to buy something’. I don’t want that bullshit for you. Shopping is hard enough, then when you want to rest you feel you have to go to a coffee shop just DSCN0014to sit down and take a time out. So you have to pay extortionate amounts for your Americano, which you didn’t really want in the first place. If you’re gonna hang at Keep Real, just throw your loose change into a jar- where it contributes to raising money to Mental Health Charities. Just don’t abuse the freedom (I’m flattered that you wanna stay from 9am til 5pm but really? really?!)

I have so many ideas with Keep Real, creating a positive environment for all you individuals out there. They’ll be sofas, throws and chairs around, where they’ll be loads of books that you can just pick up and read. Artwork on the walls for sale, clothes, accessories, bags, prints and homeware.

Shopping is hard enough, then when you want to rest you feel you have to go to a coffee shop just to sit down and take a time out. So you have to pay extortionate amounts for your Americano, which you didn’t really want in the first place.

Who knows what the future holds for it, but after I graduate- that’s where I will make my dreams come true (ultimate corny thing to say, right?). ‘Staying True’ and ‘Keeping Real’ are the traditional sayings that prove a foundation for what I really want to create. It will happen, I just can’t wait to see where it takes me and who follows the journey with me.

An Introduction

So hi!

I think an introduction is order, as this is my first blog, everrr.

I am Kimberley Robinson, a twenty year old residing in Yorkshire, England. Lover of hardback books, vinyl and many a brew to plunder my way through life.

Currently, I am in the my final year of University studying Counselling Therapy, with two part-time jobs (one in a music store which is so radddd, and another in Boots-also cool!) and the owner of a small business called Keep Real


 

Now, being excruciatingly busy- finding time to set Keep Real up this year in 2014, probably sounds pretty much impossible and bordering on the delusional. However,  as crazy it may seem (‘like where the hell do you find the time to do something like that!?) it’s honestly something I am so passionate about.

The ol’ tale of ‘staying true’ and ‘keeping it real’ are the foundations of trying to stay positive,  and being true to who you are as a person. Keep Real aims to remind folk that being that, is exactly what is important. None of the bullshit, just be you. It is early stages yet but my passion remains…well, shall we say a ‘beacon of light’.

So to conclude, this blog is about what I’m up to day to day/ weekly. Following the life and adventures of Kimberley Robinson/ Keep Real as a hopeful movement in creating something positive that people will enjoy as much as I do!