In December of 2016, my mother and I had a conversation about making, and how the creative process can provide both enrichment and a livelihood to young people. At the time, I was working on the story of B.A.S.E.C., and designing and making the jackets became part of the process of research and prototyping. We now have a line of B.A.S.E.C. bomber jackets, made at every stage in the Bahamas by my mother, Ella Strachan.
Beyond research, a vital part of B.A.S.E.C.’s mission is engaging with and inspiring community. Proceeds from these jackets go into the development of teaching programs, including sewing and design courses. Learning all stages of the design and production process is radically empowering, allowing young people to envision their own creative paths.