Let's be honest about COVID

This is a long overdue post as we are nearing our 8th anniversary, we thought it would be important to share how things have been for us during the pandemic. To be totally honest, it has felt like watching something we had worked so hard to build, slip away slowly, with very little power to stop it! We have felt helpless at some points, but our spirit told us to not give up.

In September, we had to say goodbye to our factory in Cameroon. Our hearts ached knowing just how much we had built there; a community, a family full of talented people. People just like us, people we wanted to nurture. When the pandemic first hit, our staff were forced to isolate as their safety was our main concern but none of us imagined just how bad this situation would be. 

We tried and tried, but it just became too difficult to operate from Cameroon. Airlines were shutdown, leaving our cargo stranded in the country for months. We also had to cover the costs of the wages for our staff as there was no government support available. By September, we sadly had to make the decision to cease all operations in our homeland. At this point I had one of those 'what do I do now?' moments, this factory was our beginning, our home, where some of our seamstresses and tailors made our first ever garments! Right now, our clothes are being produced in Nigeria, but we are hoping that one day soon, Grass-fields can return home.

It would mean a lot to us if you could share our pieces with your family and friends, and continue to support us because the more we grow, the more we can invest back in communities back home. 

23 comments

It’s been a hard time for sure, but I found Grass-Fields during lockdown 1 and your designs and fabrics brought me hope during subsequent lockdowns. Hope that we will all emerge again brighter and better. So please allow me to give back some of the hope you gave me, “Tomorrow will be a better day” . Keep faith. xx

Temi Omorinoye March 05, 2021

Times are so hard now with the pandemic, I am a customer for life. Whether in Cameroon or Nigeria, I stayed in Nigeria for a few weeks and I have bought the most beautiful fabrics in Ibadan and Abeokuta and had clothes made in Osogbo. Wherever you go, I will follow! Keeping you close in my prayers 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

Denise Covelel March 05, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear about the continued struggles for companies as wonderful as yours. I have purchased items for myself and for friends and will continue to do so. Hopefully you’ll be able to reopen at home and those talented artists will be able to return to doing what they do so well.

Laura Mundy March 05, 2021

Stay encouraged; I will stay prayerful that this situation with COVID will change and that there will be new and renewed opportunities for you to reconvene your important work in your home country! Your team is very talented and I have loved your beautiful creations.

Lisa March 04, 2021

I have been shopping with you for a few years now. I love the quality of all your prints and the styles I have are timeless as I hope your company will be also.

I pray God’s favour on you sisters and all of your business connections, staff and your beloved Cameron 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

Joyce Hylton March 04, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about your struggles, I will pray for you. I love Everything I get from Grass-Fields! Every time I wear your pieces I am complimented! So what I have been doing is keeping the tags off the clothes in my wallet, and when people ask me I give them your gorgeous tag which has your design and website on it! I recommend you guys to all my family & friends!! Great authentic African clothes at great prices & fast shipping! With love from your USA sister!!!

Kim S. March 04, 2021

I am a 1st time customer, living in Australia. I bought a dress and paid extra for fast delivery (4days). I just received a text from FedEx shipment saying it will be delivered on 15th March, that’s more than 13 days. If this is the case, it’s disappointing and I should not have been charged for the fast delivery.

Veronica March 04, 2021

I am a 1st time customer, living in Australia. I bought a dress and paid extra for fast delivery (4days). I just received a text from FedEx shipment saying it will be delivered on 15th March, that’s more than 13 days. If this is the case, it’s disappointing and I should not have been charged for the fast delivery.

Veronica March 04, 2021

I am a 1st time customer, living in Australia. I bought a dress and paid extra for fast delivery (4days). I just received a text from FedEx shipment saying it will be delivered on 15th March, that’s more than 13 days. If this is the case, it’s disappointing and I should not have been charged for the fast delivery.

Veronica March 04, 2021

Keep the faith girls. Stay in prayer and do what you need to get through this season – Grassfields will rise in Cameroon again. 🙏🏾❤️

Jules March 04, 2021

I’m very sorry to read of such hard times. This pandemic has been cruel to us all and impacted lives and businesses in ways we never envisioned.

I have been a Grassfield’s customer since the beginning and every single time I wear your garments, I’m asked where they’re from and increasingly, people tell me “Grassfileds!” before I even answer because they have come to recognise you are my favourite brand.

I commend you all for building back home, for keeping multiple economies going and for persevering with your dreams and goals. We’ve got you – it’s challenging, but keep going 🖤

Cydelle aka Comfort March 04, 2021

I get so many compliments on my dress and will continue to share in faith that you will make it through and thrive again.

Sarah March 04, 2021

Please please do not give up hope, trust and believe the clothing line will continue…they’re too beautiful not too! I have booked my festivals and will be rocking every kaftan and shorts I’ve brought so people will have no choice but to ask where they are from!!

Keep strong x

Louise A March 04, 2021

I purchased my first ever garments from Grass-Fields a little over a week ago. 3 Kaftans(including two limited editions) and a head wrap. It was a bit expensive but I had a little extra money and knew that my money was going to a great cause: to keep people working and a Black-owned business running. I support you 100% and pray that you will weather this storm intact. I believe you will because you make quality products.

Taz March 04, 2021

Désolé d’entendre ça. Il y a un dicton quand une porte s’ouvre, une autre s’ouvre. Dieu est de votre côté et fournira toujours. En tant que Camerounais fier, je comprends et applaudis vos stratégies d’affaires et je continuerai à acheter nos merveilleux et authentiques vêtements africains chez vous. Le printemps et l’été approchent. Il est temps de faire le plein de vêtements Grass-Fields

Martine March 04, 2021

We thank you first for your beautiful clothing. The fabric stands out the colors are so vibrant. We love the items purchased. I will styling your clothes this summer 2021 and I am definitely showing them off to my friends.

Phil Francois March 04, 2021

This story is unfortunately common during this uncertain time. I know this has been so difficult for you as you navigate what’s next. Stay strong- you have a strong brand and amazing customer service. You will bounce back better than ever. I have a credit that I am going to use today and triple what I buy to show my support! Stay strong sisters. Love Summer Willow (Philadelphia, PA)

Summer Willow Fitch March 04, 2021

There’s a saying, “your gifts will make room for you”. In time your gift will again make room in Cameron. Your pieces bring me pride in a heritage I know little of as my ancestors were stole for the mother land. I have pride in a heritage that I feel innately, and it grows when I put on a shirt dress I purchased from you. Mourn now, but know you are going to return again.

Hashina March 04, 2021

God is in control and he knows best. I will continue to support your business. Every time I wear your clothing I get a lot a compliment. I love love the clothes 🙏🏾🙏🏾

Nandi Thomas March 04, 2021

Happy to continue to patronize your beautiful clothing and spread the word to others. May your business grow even more than before as COVID concerns lessen over time. Many prayers and blessings for your prosperity. <3

Dorian Spears March 04, 2021

All in God’s time… 🙏🏾 …. Keep soaring higher Sista’s 👏🏾👏🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

Davina Manu March 04, 2021

This too shall pass!

Stay strong you guys – thank you to you and all your team for giving us such beautiful clothing.

Here’s to many more x

Ruth Mutasa March 04, 2021

God is good all the time and by his grace you will return to producing your garments in Cameroone where you company started. 🙏🙏🙏

Dawn Stern March 04, 2021

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