Search

Young Camden Town trio launch clothing shop to help kids at risk from drugs and gangs

09:00 02 February 2014

Owners of Clime-It Brothers Mubarak Mohamud (front) with Daryl Hanrahan. Picture: Polly Hancock

Owners of Clime-It Brothers Mubarak Mohamud (front) with Daryl Hanrahan. Picture: Polly Hancock

Archant

A young trio from Camden Town have started their own environmentally-conscious clothing store using half of all profits to help disadvantaged young people in the borough.

Clime-it Brothers, based in the Camden Collective, Camden High Street, saw its grand opening this month, almost selling out of stock in the first week.

The shop sells a range of “climate friendly” clothes and accessories and uses a sizeable portion of the money to help young people develop new personal skills through writing workshops and theatre groups.

It’s the brainchild of Mubarak Mohamud, 25, who experienced first-hand what it could be like growing up in Camden Town.

“I know what it’s like to be looked down on by people,” he said.

“We as a society need to learn that criticising the youth of this generation is not the way forward as it only leads to continued resistance. Instead of focusing on what they can’t do, let’s focus more on giving them praise and encouragement for the things they can do.

“Through theatre and creative writing, we have found a unique and tested way in dealing with issues such as youth unemployment, bullying and anti-social 
behaviour. Improving communication is our starting point.”

Gang members, drug dealers and the homeless are all helped by the group.

A keen musician, Mubarak uses hip-hop to help young people expand their vocabulary and 
develop an idea of “who they want to be”.

“It’s important that youngsters don’t let other people’s opinion of them define who they are,” he explains. “We get them to start out writing about what their life is like and how they feel – but their verses will always end with what they want for their future.

“It’s a great way to boost confidence and it hammers home the message and story they’ve written for themselves.”

Joining the business is long-term friend Daryl Hanrahan, 28, who was one of the first people to be helped by Mubarak’s workshops. “All of us here have seen first-hand the problems some of the young people in Camden face,” he said.

“The workshops help people develop a work-ethic and build self-confidence and it’s all about being the difference we wanted to see in our home town.”

Joined by friend Richard Webb, 31, the trio hope to expand their “good cause” brand and help young people across the borough fulfil their potential.

“We’ve been surprised by how well people in Camden have taken to our store and what we’re trying to do,” said Richard. “We didn’t realise it would be this popular so soon, but we almost sold out of stock in the first week.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

14:44
Hero German Shepherd Schutzen with John Chandler's son Leslie, eight, and sister Christine, seven, who he saved from the fire. Picture: Alistair Macdonald

It is now a proud Highgate landmark, but beloved Lauderdale House would have burned to the ground long ago had it not been for the actions of one brave pooch.

West End star Tim McArthur (centre) with Louise Clayton (left) and Jackie Marks. Picture: Tony Gay

Tim McArthur is an actor, singer, director and presenter who is starring in Bathhouse The Musical at Above The Stag Theatre. He has lived in Highgate since 1997 and programmed Cabaret in The House at Lauderdale House since 2001. On April 17 he interviews his dear chum, actress Su Pollard, to raise money the Lauderdale Transformed crowdfunding campaign.

16:30
Plans for a 13-room basement extension at Grove Lodge in Hampstead have caused an outcry from neighbours

Plans to dig a 13-room basement under a landmark Grade II listed farmhouse in Hampstead, immortalised by painter John Constable, have caused an outcry from conservationists and divided neighbours.

14:11
Suspect is behind bars

A Romanian man is behind bars charged with burglary after a pensioner discovered a thief in her kitchen rifling through her handbag.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Munch on a tasy three course dinner at The Refinery!

“Where to go for a drink near Great Portland Street?” was previously met with blank expressions and shrugs for those local to the area, not anymore, thanks to the opening of The Refinery at Regent’s Place, the eighth bar and restaurant from hugely-successful group Drake & Morgan.

Funky adidias iPhone cases up for grabs!

We’ve teamed up with adidas Originals to give away four iPhone 5/5s cases.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder