what we do

vision

Rightfully Sewn is laying a path to a contemporary version of Kansas City’s 20th-Century golden era of garment design and manufacturing.

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Mission

Rightfully Sewn provides seamstress training for at-risk women so they can thrive in a specialized workforce that will reestablish Kansas City as an epicenter of garment manufacturing, while at the same time, propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for high-quality, American-produced garments.


guiding principles

equity, diversity, accessibility, acclivity, positivity, efficacy


impact statement

Rightfully Sewn creates jobs and opportunity through the business of fashion.


Key Strategies

A. Empower at-risk women by teaching them a trade and assisting them with job placement, thereby elevating them out of a systemic situation

B. Cultivate Kansas City fashion designers through competitive, two-year long residencies and access to fabric trade shows, professional development workshops, speaker series, documentary screenings, and other related events

C. Offer small batch garment production services, including pattern making, sample sewing, sourcing assistance, production management, and more

D. Foster a well-connected, efficient fashion design and manufacturing community by hosting an online Industry Directory and Jobs Board


Testimonials

Without community support for women with barriers to employment, 67% of at-risk women will relapse to their harmful situations within three years. The seamstress training and placement model Rightfully Sewn is proposing is timely and promising. Women’s Employment Network looks forward to a potential partnership because we can bring our proven expertise to their table. Together, we can provide more options for our city’s at-risk women population with the goal of positively impacting a systemic situation.
— Sherry Turner, Women’s Employment Network
I started sewing dance leotards in my basement...fast-forward five years, I’m shipping them worldwide from my Crossroads location. I would scale my business if it weren’t for the serious skills gap that exists in Kansas City - and across our country. We need seamstresses who are fully trained on industrial sewing machines.
— Lisa Choules, Elevé Dancewear
I used to think I had to move to the coasts to be able to work full-time in my chosen fashion profession. But I’ve made a wonderful life for myself in Kansas City, and I want to stay here. So do my peers. We just need more support and access to cutting edge production technology.
— Whitney Manney, Fashion Designer

RIGHTFULLY SEWN TEAM

STAFF

  Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer  Founder and President

Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer
Founder and President

  Lisa Laney  Contractual Grantwriter

Lisa Laney
Contractual Grantwriter

  Godfrey Riddle, MPA  Vice President of External Affairs

Godfrey Riddle, MPA
Vice President of External Affairs

  Pamela Lucas  Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Pamela Lucas
Director of Curriculum and Instruction

  Sarah Watts  Production and Operations Manager

Sarah Watts
Production and Operations Manager

ADVISORS

  Patricia Shipp, Production  Lee Jeans

Patricia Shipp, Production
Lee Jeans

  Brooklynn Love, Promotions  Brooklynn Creative, LLC

Brooklynn Love, Promotions
Brooklynn Creative, LLC

  Brianna Reynaud, PR  The OutCast Agency

Brianna Reynaud, PR
The OutCast Agency

  Taylor Barber, Promotions  Lee Jeans

Taylor Barber, Promotions
Lee Jeans

  April Dion, Promotions  Driven to Inspire U, LLC

April Dion, Promotions
Driven to Inspire U, LLC

  Roger Figueroa, Promotions  Roger Figueroa Designs

Roger Figueroa, Promotions
Roger Figueroa Designs


EXECUTIVE COUNCIL  

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Barbara Bloch, Community Leader

Isabella Emmack, Voices& / DNA Model Management

Aengus Finnan, Folk Alliance International

Belinda Harrison, B.L. Harrison Law

T'Risa McCord, Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri

Regina McKinney, Sheffield Place

Dawn Taylor, American Institute of Architects Kansas City

Jordan Williams, Keefe Cravat

Erik Wullschleger, WeWork Corrigan Station

Vanessa Zambo, Terracon and STOMP


SEAMSTRESS TRAINING program MENTORS

Carrie Habib, Rachel Neuman, Patty Vedros


AMBASSADORS

Jennifer Birzer, Kyla Cherry, Kiana Godsey, Trey Hyde, Danielle Meister, Kyle Milligan, Dylan Schoening, Victoria Simpson, Ritambhara Srinivasan Mishra, Maegan Stracy, Shelley Wehmeyer


WE WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THESE COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO HAVE BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF our organization:

Suzie Aron, Aron Real Estate

Josh Best, IFF

Hillary Beuschel, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Molly Bingaman, Ladybird Styling

Bob Bloch, Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation and The H & R Block Foundation

Rachel Carlton, Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation and The H & R Block Foundation

Lisa Choules, Elevé Dancewear

Bernie Darter, Veronica’s Voice

Harvey Fried, Historic Garment District Museum

Kim Foster, Francis Family Foundation

Pascale Henn, Pascale Henn Business Law Advisors

Joan Israelite, National Endowment for the Arts and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Larry Jacob, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Carly Manijak, The HALO Foundation

Chad Martin, VML

David Miles, Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation and The H & R Block Foundation

Julie Nelson Meers, Missouri Bank

Danny O’Neill, The Roasterie

David F. Oliver, Berkowitz Oliver

Tom Paolini, Paolini Garment Company

CiCi Rojas, Tico Productions and Tico Sports

Mike Slack, The Tax Institute at H&R Block

Debbie Sosland-Edelman, Sosland Foundation of Kansas City

Tina Sterling, Business Donation Advisors

Brande Stitt, Women’s Business Center

Sherry Turner, OneKC for Women, Women’s Employment Network, Women’s Business Center, and Women's Capital Connection

Paul Tyler, ArtsKC

Kim Verhoeven, Mosaic Life Care

Lacy Voight, The HALO Foundation

Nick Ward-Bopp, Maker Village

Carey Wilkerson-Looney, Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation and The H & R Block Foundation

Pedro Zamora, Hispanic Economic Development Corporation

© Rightfully Sewn, 1800 Wyandotte Street, Suite 204, Kansas City, MO 64108
info@rightfullysewn.org, 816-491-8136