Mum with rare skin condition launches clothing business
Pictured, from left, Gemma Lacey from YEI project and Sophie Green (Jerome Ellerby)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 1 Apr 2019
A mum with a rare condition which causes her skin to blister at the slightest touch has launched a clothing business to help people like herself.
Sophie Green, 24, from north Bransholme, has epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a genetic condition which now also affects her three-year-old son.
The Hull woman said she could easily spend an hour in a single clothes shop trying to find items which would not cause her skin to blister, and would often still leave empty-handed.
Sophie has now launched her own business, Seams Impossible, which specialises in clothing for people living with skin conditions like her own.
She said: “Doctors knew I had the condition from birth, and there is a 50/50 chance it will be passed on in my family.
“It is much worse at a younger age. I really suffered as a child because I was quite rough and tumble. I learned my lesson pretty quickly.
“I didn’t get the best grades at school, and when my dad got hit by a car while I was doing my GCSEs I rebelled a lot.
“I wanted to be home to make sure he was ok.”
Sophie left school and went on to study business studies at Hull College.
She discovered a love for business but had to put her entrepreneurial plans on hold when she gave birth to her son.
EB causes the skin to blister and tear at the slightest touch (Birmingham Post and Mail)
Sophie was later approached by the Humber Learning Consortium’s Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) while she was at a children’s centre with her son.
The YEI spotted her business talent, and helped her set up her company, Seams Impossible.
“The business is basically adapted clothing for people with skin conditions,” Sophie said.
“I am currently developing a portfolio of products, and already have customers with all different types of condition.
“The aim for me is to help people. It is not all about making money – although obviously I need to – and I don’t see why people with skin conditions should not have the same choice of clothing as those without.”
Seams Impossible has now been running for just over six months.
Sophie admitted her journey into business had been “a bit of a rollercoaster ride,” but said Seams Impossible was now doing well.
There are just 5,000 people in the UK living with EB. Those born with EB have skin so fragile they are sometimes called ‘butterfly children.’
For more information, you can contact Sophie at email@example.com