Company: Petit Pli
Founder: Ryan Mario Yasin
Year founded: 2017
Mission: Engineering versatile garments that grow as the wearer does
DBACE investment: £12,500 and a 12-month support programme, targeted at providing marketing support and identifying investment opportunities
Petit Pli came on the scene back in 2017 with a clear environmental and economical goal: to put an end to the copious amounts of waste generated by the garment industry. Founder Ryan Yasin, an aeronautical engineering graduate from the Royal College of Art, is the creator of Petit Pli’s signature waterproof outerwear and bottoms – designed to grow with your child during the ages of nine months to four years. Not only is Petit Pli helping parents to cut costs, but it also recognises the rapid rate of growth amongst young infants, and the business model is a direct solution to these challenges. Ryan experimented with folding techniques that allow the clothes to grow bi-directionally, and is now making them from recycled bottles.
Through a concoction of grit, determination and sacrifice, the company has seen huge progress in the past year, gaining recognition from awarding bodies like Dezeen and the James Dyson Awards, as well as investment from DBACE in 2019. Now a few years into their journey, the team at Petit Pli has expanded their studio space and grown to focus on research and development for the next 12 months. One result of the move is the ability to experiment with research approaches; as they now invite customers to their studio to test products.
Would you like to be in with the chance of winning investment and business support from DBACE? See our guide to applying here and DBACE’s FAQs here. Applications are open to anyone aged 18–30 in the UK, no matter the idea – as long as it is driven by a social purpose.