In the back room of a shop on Main Street in Hyannis, designer Aiste Z is sewing a pair of leggings. Like all of the clothing she designs and makes for her eco-conscious DEVINTO label, the leggings are made from ethically sourced natural fabric, in this case, bamboo.
Aiste came to Cape Cod two years ago from Montreal with her Cape-raised husband. She didn’t expect to stay long, but when she met Amanda Converse, owner of Shift Eco-Boutique on Main Street in Hyannis and co-founder of Love Live Local, she began to discover that the Cape community had a great deal to offer. That’s when she set up shop in the back of Amanda’s store.
Since then, she’s been creating her line of eco-conscious fashions right here on Cape Cod. She is just one of many local entrepreneurs, artisans, and makers that struggle to make ends meet during the lean winter months.
Enter Project Cape Made, a spinoff of the Love Live Local movement. Proceeds from the sale of Project Cape Made’s branded apparel go towards a fund that helps local artisan entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Aiste is the recipient of the fund’s first donation, and she says the $500 grant will help pay for product photography she needs to help promote her clothing line.
Amanda Converse presented the grant on Monday, February 13, 2017.