the fabric pantry gives back to fashion students 


photo by pearl heinley

The Fabric Pantry, a Kent State fashion organization, provides materials and fabrics to creative students on campus. The pantry was created specifically for fashion students who do not have access to transportation or money for the fabrics and materials needed as designers. 


“As far as fashion organizations go, we’re not like a club,” said Pearl Heinley, president of The Fabric Pantry. “We’re more of a service organization with a social element.”


Heinley, a sophomore fashion design major, has experienced difficulty with accessing materials needed for her craft. The Fabric Pantry receives donations from people all around Kent and makes free materials and fabrics available for students who are unable to buy their own. 

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  • pearl heinley, the president of the fabric pantry // photo courtesy of pearl heinley

  • some e-board members of the fabric pantry. // photo courtesy of pearl heinley

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“We are much more focused on really getting fabric and the pulse of the fashion program,” Heinley said. 


The pantry started out with central board members but as it expands and becomes more organized, Heinley said the organization is open to anyone who wants to join. There are currently 10 to 12 members who attend weekly meetings to discuss strategy, sourcing and students’ needs. 


“We’re going to New York to go to the Fashion District and get as much fabric and materials as we can,” Heinley said. “We accept pretty much anything we can get our hands on. Trim, feed, elastic, rulers, pins, and we’re gonna bring all of that back for the pantry.”

the fabric pantry photographed during its trip to new york city to the fashion district. // photo courtesy of pearl heinley

Heinley hopes to have enough fabric and material donations to give to the designers participating in The Fabric Pantry’s “Royal Court” fashion show this spring. There are 38 designers for this year’s show, and each designer uses materials from the pantry. 

The show is planned for April 21 in the Student Center Ballroom. 


“It is going to be very light hearted, organic and low stress,” Heinley said. 

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